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The Rasch Brother’s universe
Powerless in pool and prefab
Ata, applied?
Nature does not remain nature
Hot spots: A pool in the desert
In the good-life lab
Voulez vous Prouvé?
The dream of an open society
Modernism </br> and its uncle
Please touch
Architecture Know-How </br> in Museum and Archive
Rem Koolhaas’ foundations
Directly ahead of the Windsors
On travels after dictation
Thonetology
The present – in transit
Light – as alluring as ever
Grcic’s glass machines
Camouflage with cuckoo clock

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Urban beacons

by Sara Bertsche

Urban beacons
Frankfurt gleams in a new light – in 2014, parallel to the Light + Building trade fair, one of the world’s largest and most renowned light festivals will take place again, the Luminale. Take a look at our preview of the top ten light-installations.

Knock-Down, not craftsmanship
Bauhaus master with speared heart
Get your teeth into it
Over-the-counter masterpieces
The pattern that connects
Seeing the light
Atmospheres created <br/> from water vapor
The main criteria is good work
Curator with heart
15 Questions to Paul Cocksedge
Globalized eating habits
The longing for a studiolo
Marseille, Corbu, Grcic and the Sex Pistols
Lightweight Homes
Viva Lina! An Italian in Brazil
Bauhaus in Calcutta
Pleasing an entire island
The path is the goal
What a relief – The Milan marathon part 1
Streamlined nomads – The Milan marathon part 2
A quick glance is not enough
What I really wanted to be was an architect

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Still crazy after all these years

by Mathias Remmele

Still crazy after all these years
In honor of his 70th birthday, Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin has doffed its metaphorical cap to Wolf D. Prix, dedicating a small retrospective to the architect and his firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.
The Studio

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From our stone-age ancestors to office nomads

by Milenka Thomas

From our stone-age ancestors to office nomads
This year, PearsonLloyd took Orgatec, the specialist office & facility trade fair, to present a number of new additions to the “Parcs” and “Docklands” collections by Bene. They have now created a GIF animation demonstrating the potential of these new office typologies to change our way of working and our notion of the perfect office to boot.
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The allure of uncompleted architecture

by Daniel von Bernstorff

The allure of uncompleted architecture
The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam is honoring the great American architect Louis Kahn with his first retrospective in 20 years. The Vitra Design Museum played an instrumental role in the conception of the exhibition, which will be on show there next year.
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When apartment blocks are built of asparagus

by Sandra Hofmeister

When apartment blocks are built of asparagus
Designs by architect Terunobu Fujimori present an encounter between the archaic and the futuristic. Up to now, all of his buildings have been in Japan. Now Villa Stuck in Munich is presenting his first major show in Europe. And Fujimori has even created a vision made of asparagus and other eatables especially for the Bavarian capital.
Nodes: Rietveld and the revolution of space –<br>part 1
Paola’s world
Each model is an interpretation
There’s a very close relationship between making architectural models and photography. A surprising discovery for Oliver Elser, curator of the exhibition “The Architectural Model – Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia”, at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. An interview by Nina Reetzke.
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Toying around with a classic

Toying around with a classic
The “Hallingdal 65” exhibition by Kvadrat that was held in Jil Sander’s showroom during this year’s Salone del Mobile presented conceptual designs by young designers created using a textile classic by Nanna Ditzel. And Hansjerg Maier-Aichen was in charge of selecting participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Text by Sandra Hofmeister and interview by Markus Frenzl.
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From experimentation to crowd-funding

by Sandra Hofmeister

From experimentation to crowd-funding
Domus, the renowned architecture journal, and ECAL, the Swiss University of Art and Design, joined forces in Milan to present exhibitions reflecting on design in an open collective and its promotion via international networks.
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On magic caps and slit pants

by Nina Reetzke

On magic caps and slit pants
In China the babies don't wear diapers, but slit-pants. And everyday life in China otherwise has many particularities that are little known in Europe. The exhibition on "Chinese Suff" at Frankfurt's Museum für Angewandte Kunst presents all manner of wears and wares from China.

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Reflections on architecture

by Ralf Wollheim

Reflections on architecture
The "Testify! The Consequences of Architecture" exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum in Berlin explores individual experiences with architectural projects worldwide.
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Ambiguity – between hot-dogs and high-rises

by Ralf Wollheim

Ambiguity – between hot-dogs and high-rises
In Berlin's villa quarter of all places, namely in Zehlendorf, or to be more precise at Haus am Waldsee, Graft Architects are just presenting their visionary-like installations and objects. Alongside converting Hotels Q and their "Phantom" table there are many unrealized projects on view. For example, the design for a temporary art gallery in Berlin that seems to float like a cloud over Schlossplatz.
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Using wood to reach new heights

by Sandra Hofmeister

Using wood to reach new heights
The "Building with timber" exhibition in Munich documents the potentialities afforded by this ancient material, making adventurous constructions a real possibility for the future. Rather than the undifferentiated use of the term "sustainability" as a mere marketing slogan, dates and facts are subject to strong analysis – presenting accomplished examples of application.
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Woolen blanket like a mythical sealskin

by Anne Kaestner

Woolen blanket like a mythical sealskin
Anyone visiting Frankfurt over the next couple of weeks will simply encounter Iceland everywhere. The remote fabulous country is Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst has just opened an exhibition on Icelandic design. Above all fashion labels such as Spaksmannsspjarir, Mundi, Ásta Créative Clothes, Barbara I Gongini and Shoplifter are now the talk of the town here.

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Staged science or twixt illusion and structure

by Sandra Gottwald

Staged science or twixt illusion and structure
“Maniera Moderna” at Haus der Kunst in Munich is dedicated to the multi-faceted oeuvre of Italian architect, designer and photographer Carlo Mollino. The exhibition is not the first to address the Turin polymath’s remarkable oeuvre. But it is certainly the most ambitious, as it focuses on Mollino’s oeuvre as a whole.
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Not only higher

by Meret Ernst

Not only higher
About half of all the high-rises that stand in the cities of this world have been built in the last decade. Curator Andres Janser sets out in his show "High-Rises - Dream and Reality" at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich to explore what is behind this boom.
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A lot of life in one person

by Thomas Edelmann

A lot of life in one person
He is without doubt one of the best-known Frankfurt architects and the German Architecture Museum is rightly devoting a major retrospective to his oeuvre. For Frankfurt, Ernst developed the concept of "The New Frankfurt", which should to this day prompt discussion, for example as regards overcoming bureaucratic hurdles.
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The thing itself

The thing itself
An exhibition at Château de Boisbuchet is presenting "naked” aluminum objects from Japan, thereby portraying an episode of cultural history and the qualities of anonymous Japanese design.
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Only the copy makes the original

by Thomas Edelmann

Only the copy makes the original
It is well known that copycat versions of design objects cause high economic losses. That said, at universities copying is still considered a practical principle in learning. The upshot of this may be surprising – even pirate copies can sometimes lead to new insights.

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Phantasms on four wheels

by Sandra Hofmeister

Phantasms on four wheels
We have always known that Germans love cars. We can only conjecture what kind of fantasies surround the cult object. The exhibition “Fetisch Auto. Ich fahre, also bin ich” (Car fetish – I drive, therefore I am) in Basle provides an insight into the visual images surrounding what is actually a pretty functional object.
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Anyone who can build with peas and toothpicks must be a genius

by Jochen Stöckmann

Anyone who can build with peas and toothpicks must be a genius
At the age of 32 Richard Buckminster Fuller faced disaster: He was bankrupt and his infant daughter had just died. Instead of giving up, he resolved henceforth only to do things that were destined to help mankind as a whole. The fruits of his intentions are now on show at Marta Herford.

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Visual Landscapes

by Jochen Stöckmann

Visual Landscapes
An arrangement by Gerwald Rockenschaub of just under 400 motifs upon a 70-meter-long wall is currently on show at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Is this a large, colorful picture, an advertising war or a semiological tsunami?

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Perfectly staged

by Meret Ernst

Perfectly staged
What is more important, the product or the image that remains of it? The exhibition “Zoom” at the Vitra Design Museum focuses on design photography. Down through the decades, Aldo and Marirosa Ballo recorded the buoyant course of Italian design.

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Museo del Novecento

by Nancy Jehmlich

Museo del Novecento
Heading for Milan - Museo del Novecento located on the cathedral square downtown has a new face. It is home to the municipal collection of Italian 20th century art, and above all houses any amount of "Futurismo".

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Buttoned up – a second skin

by Jochen Stöckmann

Buttoned up – a second skin
When models on the world's major catwalks present prêt-à-porter and haute couture, given the almost sculptural qualities of the fashion it is hard not to wonder whether the items can be worn in everyday life. Wolfsburg's current exhibition "Art & Fashion. Between skin and clothing" explores just how fashion and art interact.

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The hunt for Ronald MacDonald

by Meret Ernst

The hunt for Ronald MacDonald
When we read, books or newspapers for example, the eye scans along the printed letters, taking in the content in the process. But what happens if the texts themselves take on a dynamic of their own? The exhibition "Type in Motion" currently on show at the Museum of Design Zurich presents letters, words and sentences as they appear on the media stage.

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London, Paris, St.Tropez – the hairdo stays in place

by Adelheid Komenda

London, Paris, St.Tropez – the hairdo stays in place
Flying to Paris, Rome and back to London - was a luxury only open to the rich and beautiful in the 1960s and 1970s. The jet-set life became symbolic for a new era shaped by the media, music, art and protest culture. The exhibition "Zeitgeist and Glamour" in Düsseldorf's NRW-Forum shows photos from this epoch.
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Forwards into the Past or Back to the Future

by Marcus Botsch

Forwards into the Past or Back to the Future
For his "Hotel Dresden: A gesamtkunstwerk" project, Berlin-based designer Hermann August Weizenegger has donned the role of a 19th-century artist-cum-architect. A daring experiment.
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Colorful balloon on the design horizon
At the 13th Designers' Saturday Stylepark celebrated the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its foundation with a large 10, candy-floss, and a sky full of colorful balloons. And the interest was so great that the pink Stylepark balloons were soon floating all over Langenthal.
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A lonely, backlit worker

by Thomas Wagner

A lonely, backlit worker
Walls made of gold foil, dancing teabags and any number of light corridors - the 13th Designers' Saturday took place in Langenthal, Switzerland. An excursion on the "Black Line" through this charming Disneyland of design.

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The architect as a moderator of change

by Abby Bussel

The architect as a moderator of change
With the exhibition "Small Scale, Big Change", the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is honoring socially motivated architecture from around the world. On display are eleven projects which, detached from the mainstream, help to improve local living conditions. As meager as the means may in some cases be, the impact this commitment to building has is astonishing.
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Making chairs!

by Thomas Edelmann

Making chairs!
The exhibition entitled "Ideen sitzen / Ideas that sit well" at Hamburg's Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe invites visitors to peruse chairs, armchairs and sofas. The tour of the museum swiftly morphs into a voyage of discovery through the history of interior design, if not even the history of ideas and cultural history of recent decades.
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From A to Y

by Annette Tietenberg

From A to Y
Few are quite as conversant withthe language of fashion as Hussein Chalayan. It is no wonder, then, that the British fashion designer's retrospective - currently on show at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art - is based on the alphabet. This certainly does not mean, though, that the order of the characters is set in stone. Nor, indeed, that a final end point is visible. Chalayan's language incorporates the body, space, image, music, text and textiles, functioning on the borders of what can be said.
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Chronochaos or The Tigers from Venice

by Thomas Wagner

Chronochaos or The Tigers from Venice
Concluding our series on the Architecture Biennial we ask: What vision of architecture do the exhibitions and contributions communicate? What attitudes do the architects take towards the past, present and future, and what role do power, experience and atmosphere play?
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Designing a different society

by Claus Käpplinger

Designing a different society
In Israel, back in the days while it was still young, the kibbutzim played a crucial role as places where a different, collective way of life beyond capitalist production practices was tested. An excellent exhibition at the Israeli Pavilion reminds us of the peculiarities of kibbutz architecture and aims to build a bridge to the future.

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The bridge across the valley

by Claus Käpplinger

The bridge across the valley
Here, construction comes into its own. Connections are not talked about but simply shown - modestly but accurately in black and white. "Landschaft und Kunstbauten" (Landscape and Engineering Structures) is the title of the exhibition realized at the Swiss Pavilion by the renowned engineer Jürg Conzett from Chur. It mostly features bridges in Switzerland.

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Not a fairytale from the Arabian Nights

by Annette Tietenberg

Not a fairytale from the Arabian Nights
The Kingdom of Bahrain has taken the Biennial's motto very seriously: People meet, take a seat, watch, listen, dream. What better place to sit and think about the loss of identity, the increase in urban space and the magic of the sea than in fisherman's huts from the beach in Bahrain that were taken down with their owners' permission. And there is already one tangible result: the Golden Lion for the best country contribution.
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When sugar cubes float above the coffee cups

by Claus Käpplinger

When sugar cubes float above the coffee cups
Like its sister event, the Architecture Biennial has long since expanded beyond its traditional grounds in the Giardini. There are a great number of intriguing country pavilions not only in the halls of the Venice's Arsenale, but also scattered around the city. So we resolved to take a walk past the contributions by Portugal, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Cyprus, Iran, Singapore, Hong Kong and several other exhibitions.

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Protest in the City

by Silke Gehrmann-Becker

Protest in the City
Museum Folkwang's "Hacking the City" exhibition features interventions in urban and communicative spaces. Artists, Web designers, street artists and musicians address types of public action and practiced forms of resistance. A courageous approach by the museum in Essen that definitely bears continuing - let's hope the exhibition and events series takes things to an even more intensive point.

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Well done!

by Annette Tietenberg

Well done!
The British Pavilion has opened its doors to a School of Seeing. Given the wealth of models, photographs, maps, drawings, notes, film and exhibits from various ages that comment on one another here, indeed seem to generate one another, all the media manifestations, differences in genres and lines dividing the epochs seem to have little validity. At "Villa Frankenstein", where architecture, art and historiography bid you good night, order gets upended.
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High Noon in the Red Salon

by Dirk Meyhöfer

High Noon in the Red Salon
The word "Sehnsucht" (desire) is written above the gold-colored drapes decorat-ing the entrance to the German Pavilion at the Venice Giardini. Inside, a burgundy red salon awaits the visitor, featuring more than 180 representatives of the trade - who each inform us about the depths and shallows of their souls on a single sheet of paper.

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The activist

by Nina Reetzke

The activist
In the 1930s, Charlotte Perriand was convinced that it was necessary to fight for a better future. Not only did she strive for new forms in design, but she also sought to improve social conditions through design and architecture. She employed large photo collages on which she had applied layers of writing to communicate her political and social messages. The Museum of Design in Zurich is now holding an exhibition dedicated to these works.

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Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style

by Katja Szymczak

Raumlaborberlin and the revival of the urban style
The projects by the artists' and architects' collective "Raumlaborberlin" are far from being conventional. The group of eight, which is at present developing the exhibition architecture for the "Audi Urban Future Award" that is curated by Stylepark, is currently presenting a very special kind of installation at Kunsthaus Bregenz.
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The house as anchorage for the soul

by Thomas Wagner

The house as anchorage for the soul
The villas Richard Neutra built in the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in California, are regarded as icons of Modernism. However, the fact that he also completed projects in Europe has to date gone pretty much unnoticed. An extraordinary exhibition at Marta Herford Museum showcases Neutra's European villas, which were built in the last ten years of his life.

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Living in stacks

by Peter-Philipp Schmitt

Living in stacks
U.S. American artist Mike Bouchet is showing a dismantled prefabricated house, model "Sir Walter Scott" in Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle. The sculptural exhibit was developed from the installation "Watershed" that Mike Bouchet erected in the harbor of the Arsenale in Venice as part of the Biennial.

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Experimental designs

by Katharina Horstmann

Experimental designs
This year's DMY Design Festival in Berlin showed experimental prototypes by young designers and injected life into the disused Tempelhof airport.

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A Minor Master of Modernism

by Mathias Remmele

A Minor Master of Modernism
Herbert Hirche - only the design cognoscente tend to know his name today. Now Werkbundarchiv in Berlin is hosting a retrospective to mark the 100th anniversary of the designer's birthday. It gives an idea of the breadth and quality of Hirche's oeuvre.
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Exhibiting the unexhibitable

by Carsten Krohn

Exhibiting the unexhibitable
Four months prior to the opening of the 12th Architecture Biennial in Venice director Kazuo Sejima presents her concept.

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Jotted down on paper

by Sandra Hofmeister

Jotted down on paper
Ideas, sketches, creative processes: The exhibition "The Hand of the Designer" at Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan presents drawings by designers and architects and demonstrates the importance of hand sketches in the digital age.

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Indian Art in London

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Indian Art in London
The new show of the Saatchi Gallery in London which has just opened is "The Empire strikes back - Indian Art today" presents young art from India, once a British Crown Colony and today the world's largest democracy.
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Average Joe always wins

by Amelie Znidaric

Average Joe always wins
Many things are different in America. Design, for example. Which is supposed to be good, cheap and something for John Doe. As can be seen from the New York exhibition "Design USA. Contemporary Innovation" that presents the winners of the National Design Award.

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History is no chicken feed

by Anne Haun

History is no chicken feed
Thomas Demand' works appear to hover in the glass display case that is Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Yet that impression is deceiving, as so foten do his photographs. Under the title "Nationalgalerie" (national gallery) the artist uses curtain fabric hung freely from the ceiling and provided by the Danish company Kvadrat to showcase works whose theme is key moments in German history since 1945.

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Materials that appeal to the senses

by Nancy Jehmlich

Materials that appeal to the senses
One of the highpoints of this year's Milan Design Week took place at the Triennial: the "Tokyo Fiber 09 - Senseware" exhibition. It presented new materials and was also a festival of the senses.

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View from the Strip

by Markus Frenzl

View from the Strip
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown first opened their archive of photographs that formed the basis of their thesis for the Museum im Bellpark in Kriens, Switzerland. A characteristic selection is now on display at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main.

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Looking back in images

by Nancy Jehmlich

Looking back in images
Last weekend saw the 11th International Architecture Biennial in Venice draw to a close. "Out There: Architecture Beyond Building" was the motto, which tempted people to leave the architecture outside in the cold. To show just how urban thought, the architectural strategies and the design approaches were presented we offer you a few impressions from the country pavilions, the Giardini, and the thematic exhibition in the Arsenale.

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Can-Can or The dance of a thousand pieces of furniture

by Claudia Beckmann

Can-Can or The dance of a thousand pieces of furniture
What do you get when you combine a thousand pieces of miniature furniture from different epochs in a single installation? Carolina Kecskemethy tried it out in the "Museum der Dinge" in Berlin.

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Battle of Things

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Battle of Things
In Berlin, the Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge is opening its doors at a new venue.
 Top-drawer time bombs
Buffaloes in the Swiss underground
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Hot Spots: <br/>The ideal summer for architects
Hot spots: The Bridal Veil of Sancy
A new Nordic perspective
Lively, spontaneous, Brazilian
Charles Brooking’s world of windows
Import – Export
A Clockwork Modernism
Germany’s </br>Ex-Top Models
Italian affairs
If you want to understand Modernity you need to have fun with it
Gondola! Gondola!
Oliver Elser<br /> on a postmodern mission
Couture meets Collage
Bellini’s library and Jain’s pool
XXL Koolhaas
The mastermind of building shells from Rügen
Feel the space!
The charm of the unfinished
Chasing down images
Monomade in Tokyo
Revitalization at the touch of a switch
New threads and colors
Pink Panther on the Spree
Digitally pimped
28.280 coloured glassbowls
Close, Closer - to what?
Strident and plain at once
A shop window on Frankfurt’s Römer
A New Industrial Revolution?
Zaha Hadid builds museums for herself
Bamboo not concrete
Others were more radical
It’s not art but does that make it design?
The Bilbao defect
Teeth on a string and a Matterhörnli in a box
Head for the exit, eyes closed!
An evening with Karl
On Billy Wilder’s set: The things the Eames trained their lenses on
The art of understatement
Aestheticizing the seemingly imperfect

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The construct of privacy

by Jörg Zimmermann

The construct of privacy
Is there still a boundary between what is private and what is public? In its consideration of this question, the “Dornbracht Conversations” in Berlin’s Kunst-Werke – KW Institute for Contemporary Art turned into something of a verbose stocktaking.
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Hollywood Costume

by Silke Gehrmann-Becker

Hollywood Costume
What would “Gone with the Wind” be without Scarlett O’Hara’s green velvet dress, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” without Audrey Hepburn’s LBD? Now the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has dedicated a major exhibition to the pivotal role played by costume design in film – illustrating how it goes further toward determining a film’s plot and narrative style than one might think.
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1 Bligh Street

by Daniel von Bernstorff

1 Bligh Street
At a ceremony in Frankfurt’s Paulskirche the International High-Rise Award 2012 was bestowed on the office building at “1 Bligh Street” in Sydney designed by Christoph Ingenhoven’s studio in Düsseldorf and Architectus, Sydney. The prize-winning high-rise stands out less for its height and futuristic design than for its overall quality.
Take what you get!
Shifting spaces
Constellations: Rietveld and the revolution of space – part 2
Observations in space and time

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Build it in the morning, move in in the evening

by Jörg Zimmermann

Build it in the morning, move in in the evening
Simple elements that make planning and construction much easier – architects have been looking into the possibilities afforded by modular construction for quite some time now. What do these modules require in order to fulfill the basic functions of a living and working space and simultaneously remain adaptable in their implementation? The exhibition, “Architekturteilchen”, at Cologne Museum of Applied Art takes a closer look at this question.
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Milan’s genius loci

by Sandra Hofmeister

Milan’s genius loci
Historical settings and paintings formed an atmospheric backdrop for exhibitions on Gio Ponti, Venini and Foscarini during the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
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Hymn to construction

by Mathias Remmele

Hymn to construction
The exhibition "Building the Revolution" at Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau presents a range of Soviet art and architecture from the period 1915-35. The geometric idiom typical of these works lends the art an architectural feel as expressed in names such as "Painterly architecture".
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The minimalist view

by Franziska Horn

The minimalist view
"I don't draw – I photograph!," says John Pawson. And we can readily believe him: in the course of the last decade the British architect has shot over 250,000 photos. And for the first time a selection is on show at Munich Technical University's Architecture Museum attached to Pinakothek der Moderne.
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100 years of Swiss graphic design

by Jörg Stürzebecher

100 years of Swiss graphic design
In terms of graphic design, Switzerland is a world leader. Züricher Museum für Gestaltung, the Zurich Design Museum, is currently demonstrating why, in a show that provides an overview of all Swiss design has to offer and is well worth seeing.
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Sculptured chairs

by Nina Müller

Sculptured chairs
Designers are continually designing and developing new chairs. So is it really necessary for architects to also try their hand at furniture design? And are the objects possibly merely miniatures of their architecture? “Von Aalto bis Zumthor: Architektenmöbel” (From Aalto to Zumthor: Furniture by architects) in the Cologne Museum of Applied Art is a show that proves this is definitely not the case.
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Eminences in black and white

by Nina Reetzke

Eminences in black and white
Over a period of two years, Ingrid von Kruse photographed stars of the international architecture scene. A selection of these, portraits of celebrities such as Bjarke Ingels, Peter Zumthor and Oscar Niemeyer, is currently on show at Deutsches Architekturmuseum under the title "Eminent Architects". The pictures are a testimony to the photographer's masterly and sensitive approach; only the presentation, as though in a hall of fame, leaves something to be desired.
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Viewing and evaluating

by Meret Ernst

Viewing and evaluating
It is Hannes Wettstein's former desk that is attracting particular attention at the exhibition currently being held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule – ETH). The found objects and equipment on display there show the Swiss industrial designer, who died in 2008, to have been an inspired and inspiring person. It is definitely a good thing that all of the sum total of 347 projects he is recorded as having made have for the first time been extensively documented in an exhibition and catalog.
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The city with the spinning wheel

by Jochen Stöckmann

The city with the spinning wheel
Tomás Saraceno’s “Cloud Cities” currently occupy Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof as if they were some utopia. Yet many of the seemingly spaceless and timeless spheres are there not just to be seen, but to be entered. While these transparent structures are fascinating from the inside and the outside, the exhibition as a whole does not succeed in more closely defining Saraceno’s artistic position. Yet it’s certainly worth a visit.
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Popcorn in the museum

by Thomas Edelmann

Popcorn in the museum
For people already familiar with Apple, there are not likely to be many surprises in the exhibition “Stylectrical – von Elektrodesign, das Geschichte schreibt” (Stylectrical – on history-making, electrical design) at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Hamburg. It is a bit like going to the movies with mountains of popcorn. It does leaves nobody any the wiser but some people come away with a pleasant feeling.
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Beyond all industrial romanticism

by Andreas Rossmann

Beyond all industrial romanticism
In Year One after Capital of Culture 2010: A photo exhibition in Dortmund looks at the Ruhr region in a way it is otherwise never looked at, portraying a region in upheaval, with scars, non-locations, inhospitable zones. Its present day attests to a past that is gone forever and points to a future that still needs to be identified.
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Expanding space

by Annette Tietenberg

Expanding space
While NASA – following Atlantis' return to Earth – bids a weepy farewell to manned space flight, an exhibition by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák at Kunsthaus Zürich revives that atmosphere of euphoria once associated with man's exploration of outer space. What, asks Roman Ondák, has become of the Soviet Union's Sputnik, which in 1957 became the first satellite to be launched? Did it really burn up when re-entering Earth's atmosphere? Or is it still out there, orbiting the planet?

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One hundred best posters

One hundred best posters
From busy images to quiet ones to wild games with letters – the work featured in a competition, "100 best posters", gladdens the eye and makes the heart beat a little faster.

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20 years of the present

by Anne Kaestner

20 years of the present
The Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (MMK), is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a major exhibition, which is being held not only in museum itself.
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The hamburger of architecture

by Andreas Rossmann

The hamburger of architecture
Greetings from Legoland: The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is showcasing an exhibition about containers, which reveals just how much enthusiasm there currently is in the architecture scene for transportation vessels such as these, but also how thoroughly the beautiful new world of standardized architecture ignores individuality and local circumstances.

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The Korean version of Modernism

by Mathias Remmele

The Korean version of Modernism
Outside his home country few know of Kim Swoo Geun, yet in South Korea he is considered one of the founders of architectural Modernism. A show in Berlin's Galerie Aedes curated by South Koreans offers everyone a chance to study the designs for the structures such as the Kyung Dong Church more closely.
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Ideas for the New City

Ideas for the New City
The New Museum’s “Festival of Ideas for the New City” examines – in cooperation with Stylepark and the der Audi Urban Future Initiative – the work of prominent architects as they grapple with questions of mobility and urbanism in a large-scale, three dimensional model of Manhattan along with five neighborhood-specific interventions designed by NYC-based architects.

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Milan is here again

Milan is here again

En route for Milan. It’s that time of the year; the Milan furniture salon is just round the corner and the design world is in pandemonium. To give you an idea of the countless events throughout the city we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the most promising among them.

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Wraps off

by Jochen Stöckmann

Wraps off
While an exhibition in Frankfurt's Museum for Applied Art presents the "i-cosmos" of Apple and its competitors, activists bring the Bauhaus spirit into the digital world with their "physical computing".

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When the legs of a stool wear shoes

by Nina Reetzke

When the legs of a stool wear shoes
Spaces that seem to be the stuff of dreams await visitors to the exhibition "Surreal Objects" at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Wheelbarrows become sofas, women's legs, stools and birds, tables.

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If you cannot let people try, the distance is really dangerous – part 1

If you cannot let people try, the distance is really dangerous – part 1
Paola Antonelli is in charge of design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and thus for the department which, in the view of the founding director Alfred Barr was destined to show everyone the opportunities for including art in their own lives. Jochen Stöckmann speaks to Paola Antonelli about design exhibitions in an art museum, about how important it is despite computers to create things by hand, about mobile phones and the criteria for selecting items for inclusion in the collection.

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Everything is illuminated

by Andrea Eschbach

Everything is illuminated
A chandelier is not only a source of light. In the palace in Versailles hundreds of candles once set the rock crystal glass sparkling; today energy-saving lamps, halogen lamps and LEDs illuminate prisms in all manner of shapes. An exhibition at Zurich's Museum Bellerive is dedicated to the "jewels of light".
People should feel at home in my buildings
At present, the London Design Museum is holding a retrospective on the works of John Pawson. Alexander Menden met the British architect and talked with him about the difference between "building" and "architecture", fleeting ideal states and his failed attempt to become a Buddhist monk.
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At home in a container

At home in a container
NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is inviting architects and designers throughout the world to submit designs for an exhibition of container houses next spring.

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Suddenly Spain is Japanese and Japan a little Spanish

by Silke Gehrmann-Becker

Suddenly Spain is Japanese and Japan a little Spanish
Spanish design collective CuldeSac has come up with a special idea for an exhibition for Tokyo Designers Week: "Made in JAPAIN - The true story of Spanish Design" uses a comic to convey a fantastic tale of interculturality.

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Kaleidoscopic urban planning

by Mathias Remmele

Kaleidoscopic urban planning
The exhibition "Realstadt. Wishes knocking on reality's doors" is showing in Berlin more than 300 architecture and urban planning projects from all over Germany. The exhibition stretches across around 8,000 square meters, yet as far as content goes, the presentation leaves many questions unanswered and the exhibits are more like showy objects.

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Added-value surfaces

by Mathias Remmele

Added-value surfaces
Berlin's Aedes gallery is holding a small but high-quality group exhibition on the topic of surfaces, called "Membranes, Surfaces, Boundaries. Creating Interstices".
Biannual Design Festival in Langenthal
Every two years, with great expectations all of those of us who are interested in design make the pilgrimage to Langenthal, Switzerland, to "Designers' Saturday". That time is here again at the beginning of November: A broad array of manufacturers and a number of design colleges will showcase products and exciting installations in factory halls and character spaces.
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Radical change and radical standstill

by Carsten Krohn

Radical change and radical standstill
Under the heading of "Chronochaos" Rem Koolhaas presents his proposals for the preservation of monuments and historical buildings. In one of the rooms at the back of Palazzo delle Esposizioni, visitors come face to face with photos, furniture and documents, some of which are stored as if in an archive. The architect has dedicated himself to a topic that comes as a surprise not only for the Biennial, but also for himself and his OMA studio.
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Niemeyer’s shadow

by Carsten Krohn

Niemeyer’s shadow
Oscar Niemeyer still works as an architect - at the grand old age of 102. As the exhibition in the Brazilian pavilion proves conclusively. The title "Brasilia - 50 Years On" whets the viewer's appetite; after all, the rigorously modern city was the promise of the day. Alongside Niemeyer, who designed the ideal city's most important buildings, the works of a new generation of young architects are also on display. Nonetheless, the Biennial's perhaps most interesting contribution to Brazilian architecture is actually to be found elsewhere.
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The past is the new future

by Axel Simon

The past is the new future
When the world changes, architecture changes, too. That sounds easier than it is. So what do the visions of the many different "futures" gathered at the Architecture Biennial look like? And what role does the past play in them?
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Tokyo in doll’s house chaos

by Axel Simon

Tokyo in doll’s house chaos
Japan's pavilion finds and unusual and surprising way to celebrate the "Metabolist" movement, which kicked off about half a century ago. Instead of space capsules and concrete shelving full of living units you can peruse doll's-house-sized models and an insightful presentation of Tokyo as the city of permanent change.
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Disillusion, Illusion, Solution

by Dirk Meyhöfer

Disillusion, Illusion, Solution
In Russian Pavilion a serious attempt is being made at the dialectical triple jump from the past into the future. It presented three emotional states en route to ideas to reanimate the Russian industrial city of Vyshny Volochok.
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Producing atmospheres or Close Links to Art

by Carsten Krohn

Producing atmospheres or Close Links to Art
Never before was an architecture biennial so similar to an art biennial. Indeed, the latest rivalry among star architects to devise ever more eccentric shapes spawned objects that were commissioned if only for their "sculptural" qualities. At the first architecture biennial since the Big Crash the focus is closer to art again - against the background of the skepticism towards the once booming "signature architecture".

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On How to Handle Free Spaces or Vacancies

by Sandra Hofmeister

On How to Handle Free Spaces or Vacancies
The solution need not always be a new building. And in the French Pavilion Dominique Perrault therefore asks how empty spaces in a city are handled and how we can rejuvenate our metropolitan peripheries. The Dutch Pavilion also focuses on how the existing can best be used. Here, Rietveld Landscape addresses the use of government-owned vacant buildings.
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On amazement and a cat in the arsenals

by Oliver Elser

On amazement and a cat in the arsenals
Kazuyo Sejima, the Director of the 12th Venice Architecture Biennial, has pulled something special out of the bag with the central exhibition "People meet in Architecture". She has managed to create an atmosphere of light-heartedness in which the opportunities afforded by contemporary architecture as well as the latter's limits are on show without glossing over the weighty issues.
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When everyday life becomes a discovery

by Sandra Hofmeister

When everyday life becomes a discovery
"Hidden Heroes: the Genius of Everyday Things" is the title of a new exhibition at Vitra Design Museum. Not only can you familiarize yourself with these simple heroes of everyday life in the masterfully designed exhibition in the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the Vitra Campus in Weil, but you can explore them online too.
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Just plans!

by Mathias Remmele

Just plans!
Hardly any other metropolis has been subjected to such radical upheavals in the last century as the German capital. The exhibition "Das ungebaute Berlin" (Unbuilt Berlin) shows the projects which never saw the light of day. Who, for example, remembers Max Bill's suggestions for expanding the New National Gallery in 1981?

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The journey to objects

The journey to objects
The topic of this year's Halle Design Prize was "Travelling" and the exhibition of the best designs was held in an old tram depot. Jury member Thomas Edelmann spoke to the curator Vincenz Warnke.
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The Great, Enlightening Illusionist

by Mathias Remmele

The Great, Enlightening Illusionist
Once again, with his "Innen Stadt Außen" (Inner City Outside) exhibition Olafur Eliasson proves that he is able to achieve great effects with relatively modest means.
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A capsule is not enough

by Thomas Edelmann

A capsule is not enough
The exhibition "Climate Capsules - Means of Surviving Disaster" has opened at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. What interest's curator Friedrich von Borries are the cultural images for future environments.
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In the design world we all like each other

In the design world we all like each other
On behalf of Munich's Neue Pinakothek Alessandro Mendini has curated a retrospective of the last 30 years of Italian design. Sandra Hofmeister talked with him about the "Objects with a Soul" and eclecticism in design.

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The knot and time

by Andreas Bee

The knot and time
At this year's Light+Building fair Stylepark has presented itself in the new Hall 11 of Messe Frankfurt.
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Global Design

by Katharina Altemeier

Global Design
The Zurich Museum of Design is tackling a tough topic in its show on "Global Design". It sets high standards, but only partially meets them.

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Architecture en miniature

by Franziska Horn

Architecture en miniature
In Munich, at an exhibition entitled "Architekturchen" Ingo Maurer is presenting surprising works by Italian design star Michele de Lucchi. They show how working with wood can trigger new thought processes and inspire new ideas.
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On the reality of things

by Claudia Beckmann

On the reality of things
The world is so full of useful things that they easily escape our notice. Konstantin Grcic's current exhibition "Design Real" at London's Serpentine Gallery directs our attention in innovative and insightful fashion at a particularly intriguing corner of the vast realm of the useful, one where technical innovation and iconic power are held in artful balance.
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Mushrooms à la Milanese

by Ute Diehl

Mushrooms à la Milanese
His designs attest to immense creative powers and are as unusual as is he: Angelo Mangiarotti. What was long since overdue has finally been realized by the provinces of Agape and Mantua: A retrospective in honor of the great Italian designer.

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The calm after the crash

by Thomas Wagner

The calm after the crash
The automobile industry is continually developing new safety systems to prevent crashes from happening at all. Art, however, as shown in Ricarda Roggan's photographs, uses the crash to make commodities things again.

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How the elk found its way into the living room

by Sandra Hofmeister

How the elk found its way into the living room
In the past, people everywhere disrespectfully dismissed the furniture as "Swedish brand". Today it is exhibited in a museum, and because IKEA products are inexpensive, they are considered to be democratic design. The exhibition at the Neue Sammlung in Munich traces the history and methods of the successful company from Älmhult.

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Maybe there were too many… stories

by Claudia Beckmann

Maybe there were too many… stories
Moleskine in the box: The little book is the classic among notebooks, even though everything legendary about it is a marketing ploy. As part of the exhibition "Detour", which has been touring the world for years, 38 specimens were presented at the Museum der Dinge in Berlin - designed by artists, designers and writers.

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Form follows performance – The DMY Festival in Berlin

by Vera Siegmund

Form follows performance – The DMY Festival in Berlin
DMY – that means: Design forever! A passionate demonstration of love – of design as creative capital. For the refreshing thing about the DMY International Design Festival is the many young designers who are presenting their works for the first time and (before) they have become big business.