From Chicago to New York to Los Angeles, the United States is stepping up its game when it comes to offering architecture and design shows. In 2015, the nation is hosting seven new shows—Ron Arad: Pressed Flowers; Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio; Latin America in Construction: Architecture from 1955-1980; Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today; David Adjaye; Chicago Architecture Biennial; and Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial. These shows will honor the industry as a whole, as well as recognize innovative and creative forms of architecture and design.
1. Ron Arad: Pressed Flowers
February 12-March 14
Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect. Arad’s “Pressed Flowers” series was premiered at the Design Museum Holon in Israel in 2014, and this show will be his first stateside premiere. Inspired by the production of automobiles, “Pressed Flowers” is a reference to the mass-produced vintage Fiat 500s that Arad has crushed into two dimensions.
2. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20-May 24
Heatherwick Studio is a London-based firm established by Thomas Heatherwick. The firm recently premiered its design for London’s Garden Bridge, which was noted as the most controversial proposal of British architecture in 2014. This show marks the firm’s first retrospective show in the U.S., and the Hammer Museum will showcase its works in a multimedia exhibition. The exhibit will feature photographs, scale-models, videos, and projects.
3. Latin America in Construction: Architecture from 1955-1980
March 29-July 15
For the Museum of Modern Art’s 60th anniversary of the 1955 exhibition “Latin American Architecture since 1945,” the museum will feature an updated study of architecture production across both Central and South America. The exhibit will include vintage film, commissioned photographs, various models of Oscar Niemeyer’s projects in Brasilia, university campus construction projects, and era- and region-defining architecture.
4. Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today
April 28-September 27
The Museum of Arts and Design will showcase a “Pathmakers” survey, a study of midcentury female designers and their personal influences on design practice through their engagement with craft and making.
5. David Adjaye
September 19-January 3, 2016
This exhibition marks the first exhibit to be devoted to British architect David Adjaye, which will showcase a portfolio of his Britain residences, his offices in London, New York, Berlin, and Accra, and his work on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C. The show will also feature a film about Adjaye, his collaborators, and his clients beside a display of models, photographs, and drawings.
6. Chicago Architecture Biennial
October 5-January 3, 2016
Hosted by Creative Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, this show is the first American architecture biennial. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has created a plan to reclaim the city as a capital for global architecture that includes two main features: a design competition for Chicago’s waterfront, and a commission for new work by Architectural Photographer Iwan Baan.
7. Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial
December 15-May, 2016
After a three-year hiatus to undergo renovations, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum has reopened. The museum’s National Design Triennial will showcase work from 2014 and 2015, with 2012 designs being the earliest to be showcased. The display will feature roughly 65 designers from international backgrounds, as well as a wide range of design disciplines, such as architecture, media design, fashion design, and product design. The museum is focusing on its most contemporary work in an effort to address how design imagery circulates.