The last weeks of summer are upon us. We’ve rounded up 10 architecture and design events to check out around the world to get you ready – and your creativity stimulated – for the fall. For more exhibitions, tours, talks and happenings, check out our frequently updated online Events page.
The work of science-minded French designer Mathieu Lehanneur is the subject of this exhibition at Villa Noailles in Hyères, France. The show ties together his design experiments that explore how nature can be brought into manmade spaces, including the Andrea air purifier – arranged into an indoor tree – with furniture pieces originally created for his Last Known Home exhibition space in Paris.
Featuring more than 115 artist works dating from ancient times to the present – including Christi Belcourt’s The Wisdom of the Universe, shown – this exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, demonstrates how women have long been the creative force behind Native art.
The Bat Signal beamed from Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France – need we say more? Artist Alex Israel somehow got the people at Warner Brothers Studio to lend him Batman’s emblem and his Batmobile from Tim Burton’s film – now installed atop the rooftop pavilion of the brutalist building and home of MAMO Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse.
This show at New York’s Center for Architecture presents the five finalists of the Big Ideas for Small Lots competition, which seeks new approaches to building for infill and other challenging sites in the city. The firms whose concepts stood out are Anawan/101 + Kane AUD, Michael Sorkin Studio, OBJ, Only If Architecture and Palette Architecture.
Our sister magazine, Designlines, calls Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre the art show of the summer – and rightfully so. The Indigenous Canadian has transformed the Art Gallery of Ontario into a life-sized, multi-coloured basketball court, one that is “overflowing with witty and incisive pieces that merge off-the-shelf objects with Indigenous ways of ‘making and knowing.'”
Among many summer pavilions that should be on your list to check out, Pedro & Juana’s Hórama Rama – the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Pavilion installed in summer 2019 at the Long Island City museum’s courtyard – is composed of over 2,000 wooden “bristles” that form a massive cylinder. But its main attraction might be the vibrant hammocks that invite visitors to take a load off in the shade.
The New York Botanical Garden has mounted a retrospective on the legendary landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx that realizes some of the Brazilian’s most dynamic garden designs. A host of “vast and immersive” gardenscapes – including a modernist one designed by Burle Marx protégé Raymond Jungles, a water garden containing tropical water lilies and other aquatic plants favoured by Burle Marx, and a landscape that highlights many of the rainforest plants sought out and promoted by Burle Marx – are just a few great reasons to experience this show first hand.
On at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, this gastronomically themed show takes visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, exploring the ways in which innovative individuals, communities and organizations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.
This exhibition at Rome’s MAXXI compares and contrasts major architectural works in order to chart the evolution of the concept of habitation from the post-war years to the present day, analyzed through the works of the great 20th-century masters and new figures – from David Adjaye to Stefano Boeri – emerging on the international architectural scene.
RIBA hosts this talk by Annelie Kvick Thompson and Stuart Grahn of world-renowned British architecture firm Grimshaw. It’s a great chance to get some brain food this summer, as the two delve deep into seminal projects, including Eden Project North and London Bridge Station, which was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Stirling Prize.
These exhibits, installations and lectures will spark your creativity in the last weeks of summer.