Experiment and Utopia in Architecture 1956 - 2006
What would it be like to live in a hairy house, a floating city, or an inflatable pod? Pure fantasy or the shape of things to come?
From extraordinary houses and incredible towers, to fantasy cityscapes and inhabitable sculptures, Future City showcases the most radical and experimental architecture to have emerged in the past 50 years.
Featuring a who's who of architecture, the exhibition includes 70 visionary projects by influential and groundbreaking architects who have challenged convention to radically shape and influence the way we live.
From the visionary artist-turned-architect Constant Nieuwenhuys, to 1960's giants Archigram and SuperStudio, to deconstructivists Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid and contemporary digitally inspired work by Nox and Decoi, this is the most comprehensive survey of experimental architecture to be held in the UK.
Featuring 300 original models and drawings, plus photographs and film, Future City reveals classic projects: from Kisho Kurokawa's Floating City (1961) and Rem Koolhaas's Delirious New York (1978), to unusual and innovative houses including Shigeru Ban's Paper Log House (1995) and Watanabe's Jelly Fish house series (1990-97) .
A series of exciting evening events accompanies the exhibition including talks by Rem Koolhaas, Lord Norman Foster, Nigel Coates, Fashid Moussavi and Will Alsop.
Exhibition design by award-winning London-based architects Foreign Office Architects.
Future City is a collaboration between Barbican Art Gallery, Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain du Centre (FRAC), Orléans, and Conseil Régional du Centre et le Ministère de la Culture et de la Comunication, France.
List of Architects
Peter Cook (Archigram)
Guy Ernest Debord
Diller & Scofidio
David Georges Emmerich
EZCT Architecture & Design Research
Didier Fiuza Faustino
Foreign Office Architects
David Greene (Archigram)
Eilfried Huth & Günther Domenig
Jakob & MacFarlane
Jones, Partners: Architecture
KOL / MAC Studio
C.J. Lim + Studio 8 Architects
Eric Owen Moss
R & Sie…
Dagmar Richter Studio
Alison and Peter Smithson
Eisaku Ushida & Kathryn Findlay
Makoto Sei Watanabe
James Wines & SITE