Need to see Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings Exhibition @ Friedman Benda, New York, NY. Inspirational to all design disciplines.
Mar 29, 2012 thinking design
Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings
February 24 – April 6, 2012
On February 24, Friedman Benda will open Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings, offering a rare look at original drawings by perhaps the most eminent visionary architect of our times. The exhibition brings together more than a hundred of Woods’ drawings from the 1980s. Many have never been displayed before; they have long been held privately, and together they offer an extraordinary voyage across far-reaching conceptual terrain.
For more than four decades, Woods’ drawings have expressed compelling ideas and portrayed otherworldly scenes that suggest alternate histories and futures. With an inventive drive akin to that of Leonardo da Vinci and Giambattista Piranesi, and following the lineage of Enlightenment architect Etienne-Louis Boullée and Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger, Woods invites us to imagine worlds as they might be. His drawings embrace decomposition alongside construction and ruin along with rebirth, presenting a heady brew of politics, history, and graphic bravura that never fails to astonish.The exhibition begins with drawings that reveal Woods’ formative interest in Romanticism and landscape. These works are a prelude to the epic Centricity and A-City projects, two celebrated, quasi-utopian series that explore the political nature of architecture and its capacity to transform the social order. The trajectory continues with drawings from Aerial Paris and Underground Berlin—projects concerned with reinventing metropolitan centers—and explorations such as Geomagnetic Flying Machines and Geomechanical Towers, structures that seem to emerge from science fiction as much as architecture.
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Mar 13, 2012 thinking design
Acclaimed architect David Adjaye and iconic British industrial designer Kenneth Grange will headline SEGD‘s 2012 International Symposium April 27 in London. The 2012 SEGD International Symposium: Design, Innovation, Collaboration is being held in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum and coincides with its much-anticipated exhibition British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age. The symposium will explore how innovation and collaboration are radically changing design across many disciplines.