Antwerp-based firm Import Export Architecture. Their multi-tiered mobile urban camping unit is designed to be implanted right into the heart of any city center for a truly unique camping experience. Import Export Architecture says that they see their pop-up, prefab accommodations as a place “where adventurous city wanderers can stay overnight, meet other campers and find a safe shelter with basic designed practical facilities.”
Nearly 35 years after its conception, Sperone Westwater continues to exhibit the work of prominent artists of diverse nationality and age, who work in various media. The gallery, designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, doubles the exhibition area and pioneers an innovative approach to vertical movement within a gallery setting. The concept for the Gallery is both a response to the dynamic urban character of New York’s Bowery and a desire to rethink the way in which the public engages with art in the setting of a gallery. The nine-storey building is part of a bold initiative to reinvigorate the neighborhood and the design will pioneer an innovative approach to vertical movement within a gallery building.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is developing plans to build a six-floor, 195,000-square-foot building in downtown Manhattan. Located in the Meatpacking District on Gansevoort Street between West Street and the High Line, the new building, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, will provide the Whitney with essential new space for its collection, exhibitions, and education and performing arts programs in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
A highlight of the annual London Design Festival is the presentation of the London Design Medal; given to a designer who has made a significant contribution to design and London having achieved international acclaim for their work. This year, Thomas Heatherwick has been awarded the Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design. Heatherwick designed the UK Pavilion, shown above, at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, among his many designs.