Architectural model for Studio Gang Architects’ The Garden in the Machine project for Cicero, Illinois. Photograph courtesy of James Ewing. © 2011 James Ewing
Following last summer’s workshops which saw five interdisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers, and landscape designers team up at MoMA PS1 to envisage new housing and transportation infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation in five sites across the United States —near New York; Chicago; Tampa; Los Angeles; and Portland, Oregon — an exhibition showcasing the outcome of these seminars has opened this week (15 February) at MoMA’s Architecture and Design Galleries. (more…)
'Plywood: Material, Process, Form' - exhibition view; photo courtesy of MoMA
Cheap and widely accesible, plywood gained its popularity thanks to a number of renowned early-20th century as well as mid-century modernist designers who favoured what was once described by the American magazine Popular Science as ‘a layer cake of lumber and glue’. Now, to celebrate this versatile material, New York’s MoMA has gathered a number of examples from its collection of modern designs which have been developed in plywood. Titled ‘Plywood: Material, Process, Form’, the installation features a number of instantly-recognisable exhibits such as Alvar Aalto’s iconic Armchair 41 Paimio, pieces from Charles and Ray Eames’ Plywood Group, Sori Yanagi’s beautifully simple Butterfly Stool as well as designs by Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobsen, Tapio Wirkkala, an architectural model for a prefabricated house devised by Marcel Breuer in 1943 and ‘experimental designs for plywood in the aeronautics industry.’ (more…)
'Cage sans Frontières', the exhibition structure by Ron Arad, Photo by Jason Mandella
Recently New York’s MoMA opened ‘No Discipline’, an exhinition dedicated to the comprehensive work of Ron Arad.
‘No Discipline’ celebrates the designer’s interdisciplinary and “no-disciplinary” spirit. Physical concepts are traced through works in different materials and scales, and objects are grouped in families based on a shared form, material, technique, or structural idea. The exhibition culminates in Arad’s structure ‘Cage sans Frontières’, a giant twisted shelf that cradles all the other works.
The exhibition is on view from 2 August to October 19, 2009. Find more information on the informative exhibition’s website.
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