Our October 2014 issue looked at the V&A’s mannequins, Tate Britain’s robots, Rogers’ British Museum extension and the politics of designing the 9/11 museum exhibits. Scroll down for the contents and click through to read the articles online
Between 1994 and 2008 there was a museum building boom in the US, and elsewhere. Researchers at the University of Chicago document this explosion in a new book, Cultural Organisations: Building Arts Facilities in US Communities (due out early next year from Routledge), and their findings call into question the much anticipated Bilbao effect.
Though property prices increased in the vicinity of these cultural institutions, the poor were displaced. An astonishing 80 per cent were over budget, some by as much as 200 per cent. Supply also exceeded demand and, with disappointing revenues and unanticipated expenses, cities were faced with paying to maintain cultural centres they didn’t need.
In this issue, we look at several new North American museums that seem to suggest another wave of construction is underway.
Elsewhere, we visit Hauser & Wirth’s new rural gallery in Somerset (above) and Richard Rogers’ extension to the British Museum, and look behind the scenes at the robots that will patrol Tate Britain at night and at the creation of the V&A’s bespoke mannequins. The latter’s uncanny poses are echoed in Klaus Pichler’s photos of the skeletons and taxidermy that animate the basement storage chambers of Vienna’s Natural History Museum.
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IN THIS ISSUE
Clark Art Institute Tadao Ando unites the Clark’s mismatched buildings with Zen-like galleries, walkways and pools
Local projects Jake Barton has the delicate job of devising displays for the 9/11 Memorial Museum
Hauser & Wirth A rural Somerset town gets its art fix thanks to one of the world’s leading galleries
Mannequins The art of fitting dummies for fashion exhibitions: from women in corsets to Ziggy-era Bowie
The Aga Khan Museum Dazzling white buildings by Fumihiko Maki and Charles Correa face each other across a formal garden
After dark Remote-controlled robots roam Tate Britain at night
Klaus Pichler Grizzly bears and deadly sharks lurk in the basement of Vienna’s Natural History Museum
Fantasy furniture for Britain’s top architects, a Vietnamese house that makes space for trees, Pierre Charpin in Le Corbusier’s Unité, objects made from human hair, Lars Beller Fjetland on Norwegian design, a thread-wrapped trophy for the Icon Awards, Rogers, Stirk Harbour + Partners at the British Museum, a Japanese furniture brand born from natural disaster, Peter Zumthor on his plans for LACMA, our 2014 graduate review, and a preview of 100% Design
Reviews: Disobedient Objects, Malevich at Tate Modern, the rise and fall of Paul Rudolph and Kubrick’s filmsets
Icon of the month: The solar panel
Crimes Against Design: 3D printing
Rethink: Athletics takes on New York’s parking signage
Five most wanted: Constance Guisset’s inspiring objects
Private view: Film posters by Hans Hillmann