Future City, Barbican, 2006

Future City

London, UK



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

Will Alsop
Architecture Principe
Archizoom Associati
Shigeru Ban
André Bloc
Nigel Coates
Constant Nieuwenhuys
Peter Cook (Archigram)
Coop Himmelb(l)au
Guy Ernest Debord
Neil Denari
Diller & Scofidio
Peter Eisenman
David Georges Emmerich
EZCT Architecture & Design Research
Didier Fiuza Faustino
Foreign Office Architects
Yona Friedman
Future Systems
Vittorio Giorgini
David Greene (Archigram)
Zaha Hadid
Pascal Häusermann
Hans Hollein
Eilfried Huth & Günther Domenig
Arata Isozaki
Jakob & MacFarlane
Jones, Partners: Architecture
Kiyonori Kikutake
KOL / MAC Studio
Rem Koolhaas
Kisho Kurokawa
Daniel Libeskind
C.J. Lim + Studio 8 Architects
Antti Lovag
Gordon Matta-Clark
Eric Owen Moss
Claude Parent
Gianni Pettena
Walter Pichler
Ricardo Porro
Arthur Quarmby
R & Sie…
Dagmar Richter Studio
Michele Saee
Ionel Schein
Alison and Peter Smithson
Graham Stevens
Pierre Székely
Kenzo Tange
Bernard Tschumi
UN Studio
Eisaku Ushida & Kathryn Findlay
Makoto Sei Watanabe
James Wines & SITE
Lebbeus Woods


    15 June 2006 - 17 September 2006


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