Before even setting foot inside the museum, the first installation to be housed in the new Sackler Courtyard was MultiPly – a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) Waugh Thistleton Architects and structural engineers Arup. The installation, a cross between a maze and a treehouse, demonstrates the capabilities of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to solve both the environmental crisis and the housing crisis. “This is a live experiment – we’re testing, learning and feeding back
<a href="https://design-milk.com/ldf18-10-years-va-stories/design_milk_va_brompton_02-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/09/Design_Milk_VA_Brompton_02-1-810x810.jpg" alt="LDF18: 10 Years at the V&A and Other Stories" /></a> 2018 marks the 16th <a href="https://www.londondesignfestival.com/home" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Festival</a> and the 10th consecutive year of working with the <a href="https://www.vam.ac.uk/festival/2018/london-design-festival-2018?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv93U2NvW3QIVhbTtCh2Q4wjcEAAYASAAEgLju_D_BwE" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Victoria and Albert Museum</a>. “I still have to pinch myself that they let us come and play in their museum,” said the director of the London Design Festival, Ben Evans. “It’s a very special relationship.” Senior curator Vicky Broackes added, “We have a very exciting programme here at the V&A and it is stunningly, notably, international.”
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On display at the V&A for The Future Starts Here exhibition, the collaboration between the BMW Design Department and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Self-Assembly Lab explores the possibilities offered by complex printed silicone assemblages connected with precise pneumatic controls to manipulate volume and shape. The effects are not unlike watching the initial malleable bodies of arthropods as they emerge from larval state. In configurable groupings, the technology is envisioned to offer automotive interior designs the ability to design cars with cabins capable of transforming, adapting, and morphing from one state to another. At the touch of a button, seating could be moved, or even added, to different sections of
<a href="https://design-milk.com/bmw-design-department/bmw-mit-01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/BMW-MIT-01-810x540.jpg" alt="BMW and MIT Envision Automotive Interiors That Can Change Shape" /></a> In the near future car interiors may transcend the limitations of today’s fixed passenger layouts, capable of morphing into different configurations as desired using adaptable 3D-printed inflatable structures as developed by researchers at BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory.
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Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A museum in London, has defended the institution's decision to exhibit a section of the Robin Hood Gardens housing estate at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Read more