The tallest bridge in the world - Norman Foster's Millau Viaduct; photo by Valentin Alvarez
While he is the man behind some of the most iconic landmarks of 21st-century architecture: the breathtaking Millau Viaduct in France, London’s The Gherkin, Beijing Airport, the pioneering zero-carbon, zero-waste Masterplan for Masdar City in Abu Dhabi or the just-unveiled £50bn Thames Hub project, Norman Foster, alike many of his confrères, is known to be a very private person. Recently however, we were all given a rare glimpse into the half-century-long career of this Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect, thanks to the beautifully shot and hugely inspiring feature-length documentary, How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?. (more…)
'Museum of Nature' by Finnish artist Ilkka Halso, 2004, project in progress
The Copenhagen Climate Conference we can declare as failed. No one can really say how big the impact of the increasing CO2-level will be, but the worst case scenario has been inspiration for international artists since many years. The ‘Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe’ in Hamburg, Germany dedicated its upcoming exhibition to artistic visions of future living on a destroyed Planet Earth. It showcases mainly use-oriented projects of climatological capsules in the field of art, design, architecture, urbanism and geo-engineering.
'Shrink' by Lawrence Malstaf, 1995, © Lawrence Malstaf/Galerie Fortlaan 17, Gent
The exhibition will be open from 28 May – 8 August 2010.
'Bill Stone's paraSITE shelter' by Michael Rakowitz, 1998, with courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects
'Lilypad', a floating ecopolis for climate refugees by Vincent Callebaut, 2008, © Vincent Callebaut Architectures
'Dome over Manhattan' by Richard Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao, around 1960, with courtesy of The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller
to the MKG Hamburg website