Toto presents the work of Japanese architects and students

Dezeen promotion: Japanese bathroom brand Toto is hosting an exhibition in London, exploring how European study has affected the work of 20 Japanese architects and architecture students. Called Toshindai: Life-sized, the exhibition is curated by Japanese Junction, a group of Japanese architects based in London. It takes place at Toto’s London showroom from 20 September to

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SOM exhibits architecture models with stripped-away skins to reveal engineering beneath

A row of intricately detailed architectural models take centre stage at this pop-up exhibition celebrating the beauty of engineering by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, which coincides with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The 30 structural models presented at 1:500 scale are arranged in ascending height order across the breadth of the exhibition space at the Mana Contemporary Chicago art

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Anime Architecture exhibition showcases the fictional worlds created for Japan’s animated movies

The highly detailed drawings used to create the backdrops of animated Japanese movies like Ghost in the Shell are the focus of a new exhibition in London. Currently on show at House of Illustration, Anime Architecture pays tribute to the artists and designers behind some of the best-loved anime films, from Akira to Patlabor: The Movie, and Metropolis. These creative

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Portland Art Museum spotlights local modernist architect John Yeon

The life and work of modernist architect John Yeon is the focus of an exhibition at Portland Art Museum, which aims to elevate his profile and highlight his contribution to the area. Quest for Beauty: The Architecture, Landscapes and Collections of John Yeon delves into the legacy of the local architect. Relatively unknown in other

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Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive opens at New York’s MoMA

A major retrospective exhibition examining the drawings and models of legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright has opened today, coinciding with what would have been his 150th birthday. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive presents almost 400 objects from the architect’s vast collection of materials, which was jointly acquired by MoMA and the

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Full-size houses by Ryue Nishizawa and Terunobu Fujimori built inside Japanese House exhibition at Barbican

One of the best-known projects of SANAA co-founder Ryue Nishizawa has been recreated inside London’s Barbican as part of an exhibition about Japanese housing, along with a charred timber teahouse by Terunobu Fujimori. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 looks at the experimental architecture that emerged in Japan after the second world war, and how it has developed up

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Design Museum’s Imagine Moscow exhibition explores six unbuilt Soviet landmarks

Six radical designs for the Moscow skyline – proposed in the wake of the October Revolution, but never built – are showcased in an exhibition opening today at London’s Design Museum. The exhibition Imagine Moscow marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution by dusting off six shelved proposals for architecture in the newly formed Soviet Union, including what

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Bureau Spectacular shows fantastical architectural models at SFMOMA

Architecture studio Bureau Spectacular has turned its drawings of bizarre buildings into models for an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Led by designer Jimenez Lai, Bureau Spectacular imagines architecture without the constraints of clients and building regulations – resulting in haphazard forms that are presented as cartoon-like drawings. A selection of these

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“Architects and designers are no good at altering your mental topography”

With her latest exhibition, British artist Laura Oldfield Ford is more likely to change your understanding of London’s working-class landscape than any architect or designer, says Owen Hatherley in this Opinion column. At the far end of Laura Oldfield Ford’s exhibition Alpha/Isis/Eden – on at the Showroom Gallery in Lisson Grove, just northwest of central London – is an image taken from

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Exhibition reveals role of modernist architecture in liberated African nations

A current show at New York’s Center for Architecture reveals how several sub-Saharan African countries used modernist architecture to assert their identities, following a break from colonial rule in the 20th century. The exhibition, Architecture of Independence – African Modernism, explores the history and legacy of modernist architecture in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and

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Columbia GSAPP presents architectural models and photos in Stagecraft exhibition

Intricate models of buildings by Le Corbusier, Norman Foster, Peter Zumthor and more are going on show at New York’s Columbia University, alongside photographs by James Ewing. The scale models were created by students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) between 1993 and 2004. They represent the Pavillon des Temps Nouveaux

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Kengo Kuma installs teahouse on Vancouver roof terrace

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed a pavilion for hosting traditional tea ceremonies on the deck of a Vancouver tower, coinciding with an exhibition of his work across the street. Kuma’s teahouse is installed on the 19th floor of Shaw Tower, on the terrace of a show apartment that overlooks both the city’s Downtown district

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Zaha Hadid’s abstract paintings translated into immersive virtual reality experiences at Serpentine Gallery

Four of Zaha Hadid’s abstract paintings have been used to create animated virtual reality environments for an exhibition of her early work at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Zaha Hadid Virtual Reality Experience: The Great Utopia The Serpentine Galleries collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects and Google Arts and Culture to create the virtual reality experiences, which form part of the

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South Korea’s “first generation” of fully autonomous architects profiled in Rome exhibition

An office with a timber-lined courtyard, and another with bold red trusses are among the projects to feature in an exhibition of contemporary South Korean architecture in Rome. The Sections of Autonomy Six Korean Architects exhibition at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere focuses on six architecture studios that were founded in South Korea between the 1990s and early 2000s, and now form the

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Farshid Moussavi to showcase construction details in Royal Academy summer exhibition

For the first time in 249 years, construction drawings will be the focus of the architecture room at the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibition, which this year is curated by Farshid Moussavi. The architecture room is a regular feature of the annual London exhibition – one of the biggest events in the UK’s art and design

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Luis Barragán’s “emotional architecture” recreated in model photographs

The colours and atmosphere of buildings by legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán are captured in these realistic model photographs by American artist James Casebere, set to go on show in New York. Casebere recreated elements of Barragán’s iconic buildings to create the body of work for the exhibition, titled Emotional Architecture. “The title of the

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Japanese houses by Kenzo Tange, Toyo Ito and Atelier Bow-Wow showcased in MAXXI exhibition

The house Kenzo Tange designed for himself, a U-shaped residence by Toyo Ito and Atelier Bow-Wow’s house-cum-studio are all on show as part of an exhibition about Japan’s post-war houses at the MAXXI museum in Rome. Covering the period following the second world war to modern day, The Japanese House: Architecture & Life after 1945 showcases over 80 of Japan’s single-family

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Exhibition surveys work of modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin

Parks with terraced fountains and chunky concrete formations are among works by American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin featured in a show at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Titled The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, the exhibition presents more than 50 new photographs of Halprin’s projects, including a stone-lined corridor for Yosemite Falls in

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Dezeen’s top 10 architecture and design exhibitions coming up in 2017

A major Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective and a display of avant-garde womenswear by Comme des Garçons are among the 10 best upcoming architecture and design exhibitions for 2017, picked by reporter Eleanor Gibson. The Architect’s Studio: Wang Shu Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark 9 February – 30 April 2017 Chinese architect Wang Shu of

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Zaha Hadid’s early paintings to go on show at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

An exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings by late architect Zaha Hadid is to be hosted at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.  Calligraphy and sketches from the architect’s notebooks will be included in the show, which opens on 8 December and brings together work that dates back to the 1970s. The focus of the Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and

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Lisbon Triennale exhibition spotlights advancements at building sites

Cartoon representations of construction sites, a report on labour conditions and pioneering materials feature in an exhibition focusing on the development of the building site at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The exhibition titled Building Site and curated by André Tavares focuses on the often unseen endeavours involved in producing architecture. The show, which is being held in the galleries of the Gulbenkian Foundation in

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Socially responsible design in America presented in Cooper Hewitt exhibition

Design solutions for a wide range of social concerns, from rapid-recovery housing to drinking water access for migrants, are featured in a new show at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. The exhibition, By The People: Designing for a Better America, features 60 projects from every region across the USA. It is the third

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Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and more propose future houses in House Vision exhibition

Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban have all designed houses of the future for a Tokyo exhibition (+ movie). House Vision 2016 includes 12 housing prototypes by notable Japanese architects and designers, as well as think tanks for construction and technology companies. All the designers teamed up with big brands to make their vision a reality. Atelier Bow-Wow worked with More

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Dead Space and Ruins exhibition questions the future of Soviet architecture

The decaying architecture of the Soviet Union is the subject of an exhibition that opened this week at the Calvert 22 Foundation in London (+ slideshow). As part of a season exploring the architectural identity crisis in post-Soviet states, Dead Space and Ruins looks at the dilapidated buildings and landscapes left in the wake of the USSR’s quest More

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CGI artist Forbes Massie unveils “completely seductive” renderings in London exhibition

Visualisation artist Forbes Massie has exhibited a series of architectural renderings with a painterly rather than photorealistic aesthetic at the Protein Studios gallery in east London (+ slideshow). London-based Massie – who counts Thomas Heatherwick, David Chipperfield and Haptic among his clients – showed 14 of his studio’s latest images for a two-day exhibition entitled Seduction of Light. Rather than following More

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V&A stages first major retrospective of pioneering engineer Ove Arup

An exhibition has opened at London’s V&A museum charting the career and legacy of Ove Arup, who “forged a new role for engineers” in the 20th century (+ slideshow). As the headline exhibition in the V&A’s engineering season, Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design opened to the public last week. It is the first engineering retrospective More

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Nordic architecture is “on the verge of stagnation” say Venice Biennale pavilion curators

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: an “unbreakable glass ceiling” is pushing talented architects out of Sweden and Norway, according to this year’s curators of the Nordic Pavilion in Venice (+ slideshow). According to David Basulto and James Taylor-Foster, the architectural heritage of these two countries is constraining the newest generation of designers. They claim that 20th-century architects such as More

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MoMA to stage major Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition in 2017

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has announced a major exhibition of work by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to coincide with what would have been his 150th birthday. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive will open next summer and comprise approximately 450 works created over his 60-year career. Wright is considered More

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V&A features Sam Jacob’s replica refugee shelter in copying exhibition at Venice Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: scale reproductions of Nefertiti’s bust and a shelter used by refugees in Calais’ Jungle are among the myriad replicas of cultural artefacts included in a V&A-curated show about the value of copying (+ slideshow). The exhibition titled A World of Fragile Parts is one of a handful of special projects at this year’s Venice Biennale, which run separately More

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Dezeen’s top 10 pavilions at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: there are 61 national pavilions exhibiting as part of this year’s Venice Biennale, so it’s nearly impossible to see them all. Dezeen’s architecture editor Amy Frearson has picked out the 10 that are not to be missed. The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale is curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. The theme of his exhibition, Reporting From The Front, aims to More

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Serbian Pavilion features bright blue interior modelled on a ship’s hull

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a curving, bright blue structure reminiscent of a boat fills the inside of Serbia’s Biennale pavilion – to symbolise young architects’ difficult crusade to find employment. Entitled Heroic: Free Shipping, the exhibition is created by young Belgrade-based architects Stefan Vasic, Ana Sulkic and Igor Sjeverac. The trio describe the show as a “moment of total passion and youthful More

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Polish Pavilion curators campaign for better working conditions on building sites

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: unsettling scenes of building sites are screened amidst a full-scale scaffolding structure inside Poland’s Biennale pavilion, which focuses on the plight of the construction worker (+ slideshow). With Poland seen by many countries as a source of cheap construction labour, curator Dominika Janicka colleagues Martyna Janicka and Michał Gdak sought to highlight the difficult and often dangerous conditions experienced More

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Venice Biennale’s first Baltic States Pavilion investigates post-Soviet infrastructure

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have united for the first time at the Biennale to present the Baltic Pavilion, which explores the impact of redeveloping the region’s Soviet-era infrastructure (+ slideshow). The Baltic States’ current infrastructure was largely put in place during Soviet occupation, explained Niklāvs Paegle and Laila Zariņa, two of the pavilion’s nine curators. More

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Economic crisis made Spanish architecture more radical, says Biennale pavilion curator

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: this year’s Golden Lion-winning Spanish Pavilion focuses on unfinished structures left in the wake of the 2008 financial crash and architects who are developing a “radical” approach to rebuilding Spain (+ movie). Titled Unfinished, the pavilion presents a series of photographs of incomplete construction projects, alongside 55 recent buildings that demonstrate a More

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Max Lamb’s rubberised furniture provides seating for migration-focused Albanian Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: British designer Max Lamb has created a range of misshapen furniture for Albania’s Biennale pavilion – a sonic installation lamenting the mass migration experienced by the country. Lamb adapted his 2014 Scrap Poly Pastel furniture collection to create seating and a record stand for I Have Left You the Mountain, by curators More

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The Evidence Room presents “the worst crime ever committed by an architect”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a team of architects and academics has created a room of architectural evidence from Auschwitz that shows how the Nazi concentration camp was purposefully designed as a killing facility (+ slideshow). Located inside the Central Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Evidence Room contains a series of casts and full-scale replicas of Auschwitz’s More

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British Pavilion calls for architects to redesign home ownership rather than houses

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: sharing technologies like Uber and Airbnb could offer the answer to the UK housing crisis say the curators of the British Pavilion, who have unveiled five futuristic models of the home. For their Venice Biennale exhibition Home Economics, curators Jack Self, Shumi Bose and Finn Williams have called for architects to look beyond housing typologies, and to instead develop More

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Australian pavilion installs swimming pool as “space for healing racial and cultural division”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Aileen Sage Architects has installed a swimming pool inside Australia’s Biennale pavilion to symbolise the importance of this type of public space to the nation’s cultural identity (+ slideshow). Curated for the Australian Institute of Architects by Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, with urbanist Michelle Tabet, the installation positions the municipal pool as a vital public More

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Dekleva Gregorič transforms Slovenian Pavilion into cocooning library dedicated to home design

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Slovenian architects Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič have built a wooden library inside their national Biennale pavilion, and invited industry figures including Tatiana Bilbao, Konstantin Grcic and Alice Rawsthorn to fill it with books (+ slideshow). The Dekleva Gregorič Architects founders sought to create a hub of knowledge on home design. More

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Architects including Mecanoo and Studio Weave propose solutions to Britain’s housing crisis

Walter Segal-inspired cottages, co-living and custom-built terraces are among the solutions to Britain’s housing crisis proposed in an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (+ slideshow). Mecanoo, Studio Weave, vPPR, Mae, Jamie Fobert Architects and Maison Edouard François have all developed housing schemes for the RIBA’s At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow exhibition, which opened More

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Zaha Hadid retrospective announced for Venice Architecture Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: a retrospective of work by the late Zaha Hadid will take place during this year’s Venice Biennale, including early paintings, models and photos of past and future projects. The show will pay tribute to the Iraqi-born British architect, who passed away earlier this year, showcasing completed and under-construction building from throughout her 40-year career, as well as unrealised projects like the Cardiff Bay Opera House More

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MoMA’s Insecurities exhibition to address the global refugee crisis

New York’s Museum of Modern Art has announced an exhibition of projects that aim to tackle the issue of shelter for migration and global refugee emergencies. This autumn, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter will bring together examples of art, architecture and design works at a range of scales, which all focus on the topical subject More

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Japanese architects have rejected the starchitect system says MoMA curator

Contemporary Japanese architects have created “a legacy with more consistency” than the famous names that dominate architecture elsewhere, says the curator of a major new MoMA exhibition (+ slideshow). MoMA’s show, which is titled A Japanese Constellation, focuses on the work of three generations of Japanese architects, including Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and SANAA, and Sou Fujimoto. More

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British architecture needs mavericks more than ever, says Royal Academy exhibition curator

Nonconformists have a crucial role in shaping British architecture, says the curator of a new Royal Academy exhibition on the work of 12 “maverick” architects. The exhibition Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture is on show at London’s Royal Academy. In the gallery and accompanying book, curator Owen Hopkins presents an alternative history of More

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RIBA’s Creation from Catastrophe exhibition showcases the world’s best disaster-relief projects

A new exhibition about radical projects to rebuild communities in the aftermath of disasters points to the “changing role of architects in society”, says its curator (+ slideshow). Creation from Catastrophe at London’s Royal Institute of British Architects focuses on the way cities and communities have been reimagined by architects in the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters. Curator Jes Fernie More

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10 architecture and design exhibitions we’re looking forward to in 2016

Dezeen’s design editor Dan Howarth picks 10 of the best upcoming architecture and design exhibitions for 2016, including shows that explore architecture’s regenerative power and fashion’s place in an age of technology. A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA 13 March – 4 July 2016 Pritzker More

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen designs a building made up of 100 circles

Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen are presenting a concept for a megastructure built from 100 overlapping circular enclosures, as part of an exhibition in the Czech Republic (+ slideshow). Pezo von Ellrichshausen worked with architecture students from the Technical University of Liberec on the project Infinite Motive, which imagines a sprawling architectural structure made from […]

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David Adjaye retrospective at Art Institute of Chicago includes a full-size pavilion

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: the first career retrospective of architect David Adjaye has opened at the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring a full-size replica of his 2007 Horizon pavilion (+ slideshow). Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye spans more than 20 years of architecture, furniture design, and urban planning. The exhibition, spread across galleries on two floors, […]

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Tatiana Bilbao addresses “urgent need” for housing Mexico’s poorest inhabitants

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Tatiana Bilbao presents a flexible building prototype that offers a solution to Mexico’s social housing shortage during the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (+ slideshow). The Mexican architect has designed a low-cost house that can be adapted to suit varying numbers of residents, and can be expanded as a family grows. It can also be altered to suit the variety […]

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First Chicago Architecture Biennial is a “site of experimentation” say curators

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial opens to the public this weekend. Speaking at a preview today, curators Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima said the exhibition showcases architects who are carving out new ways to practice. “We really see the exhibition as a site of experimentation,” Herda told journalists. “This is not a place to look at pictures […]

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Imaginative housing solutions for LA presented in new exhibition at A+D Museum

MAD Architects, Michael Maltzan and wHY Architecture are among the studios whose work is showcased in a new exhibition about domestic architecture in Los Angeles (+ slideshow). Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles opens 20 August at the city’s A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum. It is the first show to be staged within the […]

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Hippie Modernism exhibition at the Walker Art Center to celebrate design’s trippy side

The architecture and design of the counterculture era has been overlooked, according to the curator of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to “Hippie Modernism” (+ slideshow). The radical output of the 1960s and 1970s has had a profound influence of contemporary life but has been “largely ignored in official histories of art, architecture and design,” said […]

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African architecture subject of major exhibition at Copenhagen’s Louisiana Museum

The work of architects including Diébédo Francis Kéré, Heinrich Wolff and SelgasCano features in a new exhibition about African design open the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen (+ slideshow). The show – titled Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity – is a major survey of architecture and design in Sub-Saharan Africa, which encompasses 49 countries […]

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Australian Pavilion to become a swimming pool for Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Denton Corker Marshall’s recently completed Venice Biennale pavilion will be transformed into a swimming pool for next year’s architecture exhibition. Architecture studio Aileen Sage and urban designer Michelle Tabet will take over the interior of the Australian pavilion for the 2016 edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, it was announced today. Their proposal, entitled The […]

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Drawings from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh archive show his “exceptional draughtsmanship”

The curator of a new exhibition of drawings by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has selected six works for Dezeen, explaining how he used his drawing skills as “a valuable promotional tool”. The drawings include an 1897 elevation of Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh’s best known work and “Glasgow’s Parthenon”, according to curator Pamela Robertson. […]

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Jan Kaplický’s futuristic drawings go on show at London’s Architectural Association

Collages and sketches of designs by the late architect and Future Systems founder Jan Kaplický have been collected together for an exhibition at the Architectural Association in London (+ slideshow). Entitled Jan Kaplický Drawings, the exhibition brings together preliminary sketches and collages produced between 1970 and 1999 by the Czech architect. Related story: Tchoban Foundation exhibits fantastical drawings by Lebbeus Woods […]
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10 architecture and design exhibitions we’re looking forward to in 2015

Our 10 must-see exhibitions opening around the world in 2015 include showcases of African architecture, Postmodern design and “definitive” bicycles. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty V&A museum, London, UK 14 March – 19 July 2015 A retrospective of the work of late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen will be expanded with 30 additional garments from its […]
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Seoul exhibition puts Korean architect Minsuk Cho in the spotlight

An exhibition at the Plateau gallery in Seoul documents the career of Mass Studies founder Minsuk Cho, the architect behind the Golden Lion-winning Korean pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale (+ slideshow). Cho founded Mass Studies in 2003, following periods working at OMA in Rotterdam and Polshek and Partners in New York, and having already […]

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