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Architecture and Design: 5 to See

Buildings inspired by metabolism. Surrealist objects. Lighting made from smartphones. These exhibitions are innovative, forward-thinking and surprising.

Home Reframed

Do Ho Suh crafts large-scale fabric sculptures that recreate the places in which he has lived and worked; the results are bright, playful and deeply emotive.

Urban Futures

A new book illustrates how densely populated urban centres “hold the key to our sustainable future on Earth,” using the city of London as a blueprint.

Spatial Investigation

Forensic Architecture comprises artists, lawyers, journalists, filmmakers and coders, harnessing design to uncover global human rights violations.

5 Installations to See:
London Design Festival 2022

Over the last two decades, society has witnessed an array of landmark design moments. Here are five new innovations from LDF’s 20th anniversary edition.

Organic Architectures

Niccolo Casas’ scenes are dystopian: the stuff of science fiction. Leaves emerge from marble windows – reminiscent of giant scales or holes in a wasp’s nest.

Looking at Structures

Martine Hamilton Knight’s architectural photographs of Nottingham allow remarkable buildings the visual space to “speak” for themselves.

A Neon-Soaked City

In 1976, photographer Greg Girard arrived in Tokyo. “Blade Runner-esque” had yet to enter the lexicon, and the resulting photographs were mesmerising.

Meaningful Architecture

Architizer’s annual A+Awards show how democratic design can have a positive impact on everyday life, highlighting the world’s most innovative buildings.

The Power of Illumination

In Italian artist Marinella Senatore’s radiant installations, green, red, blue and yellow bulbs form intricate grids and decorative motifs across London.

Drenched in Colour

Wuthipol Ujathammarat’s vibrant abstract images present the buildings, floodlights, security cameras and fire escapes of Bangkok as never before.

Timeless Structures

The Rockies boast an expansive geography of dramatic alpine wilderness and diverse wildlife. Modernism has thrived there for over 100 years.

Enhancing the Museum

Virtual events have increased in popularity by an estimated 35% since 2020. Given this increased appetite for digital, how can AR transform museums?

Visions of Utopia

Serena Dzenis’s pastel-toned images question the idea of making humans multiplanetary, transforming everyday structures into otherworldly scenes.

The Age of Immersion

The Light and Space movement emerged in the mid-20th century during technological optimism. How has it evolved with the rise of the digital age?

Rise of the Megacity

Michel Lamoller’s photographic reliefs highlight the alarming rate at which humanity is expanding, depicting high-rises as markers of infrastructure.

Imagined Structures

Adriana Mora constructs 3D buildings within idyllic waterscapes. The visual language of Brutalism is counterpointed with memories of childhood.

In the Moment

“My favourite moments are those which create coincidences and contradictions in the city,” says Berlin-based urban photographer Andrea Lohmann.

Repetition and Colour

Berlin is a city fundamentally shaped by the regeneration projects of the post-WWII decades. A new book chronicles its residential buildings.

Interpreting Our World

2022’s Sony World Photography Awards Professional shortlist responds to tensions between humanity and nature – occupying a complex space.

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