Monocle on Design

Open Architecture, ‘Alloys’ and Mexico’s biomaterials

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3 May 2022

Episode 551

30 minutes


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We hear how Beijing-based practice Open is leading the way in terms of cultural architecture in China and reflect on fascinating collaborations between architects and sculptors in mid-20th-century America. Plus: a new project exploring Mexico’s plentiful biomaterials.

3 May 2022

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Chapter 1

‘Reinventing Cultural Architecture: A Radical Vision’

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‘Reinventing Cultural Architecture: A Radical Vision’ is a new book exploring some of the innovative cultural and architectural projects by Beijing-based practice Open.

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‘Alloys: American Sculpture and Architecture at Midcentury’

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We reflect on the fascinating collaborations between architects and sculptors in the US during the postwar period.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Space10, Mexico City

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We head to Mexico City to look at how Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, is exploring the myriad ways in which the country’s plentiful supply of biomaterials can be used.

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