‘Foster + Partners: The Art of Architecture’ will be staged at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) from 4 April to 29 June 2014. The touring exhibition is the first survey of the practice’s work in Thailand and follows critically acclaimed shows in China and Malaysia.
Arranged around the themes of infrastructure, high-rise, urban design, history and culture – all within the context of a sustainable agenda – the works on display highlight the incredible diversity of the practice’s work. The exhibition is also an opportunity to learn more about projects around the world, from the Millau Viaduct in France, one of the world’s tallest road bridges and London’s ecological skyscraper, 30 St Mary Axe, the so-called ‘Gherkin’, to Beijing International Airport, one of the world’s largest buildings.
Visitors can learn more about the integrated design process, in which architects, engineers and specialist in-house teams work closely alongside each other; the principles of sustainability that underpin every project; as well as the use of different tools and technology. While the computer has revolutionised the way designers work, the language of drawing and model making still play an important role. Through sketches, models, films, animations and a special exhibit exploring the process from first client meeting to completed building and post-occupancy studies, ‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ will offer a unique insight into the workings of the studio.
“Sustainability has always been a central theme of our work. We believe that the best architecture comes from finding a balance between old and new, whether that means retrofitting existing cities or creating sustainable new communities,” said David Nelson, Senior Partner and Head of Design, Foster + Partners. “The projects on display demonstrate how the international scope of our work has widened over the past forty years. But regardless of the changing nature of architectural practice, the same set of values underpins every design, in spite of its size or type. Everything is driven by the same pursuit of quality,” added David. “The exhibition explores how the different teams in our studio work together – and how, when it comes to design and innovation, this integrated thinking sets Foster + Partners apart.”
A series of accompanying educational events have been planned during the exhibition period, organised by Foster + Partners and Magnolia in association with the BACC, British Council and Architectural Schools from various Universities. These include a special lecture by David Nelson, Senior Partner and Head of Design at Foster + Partners and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, who will share his insights on 'Integrated Design'. Other architecture experts to give special lectures are Toby Blunt, an architect and partner at Foster + Partners, who will speak on 'Sustainable Design', and Sunphol Sorakul, an architect and associate at Foster + Partners, whose topic will be 'Design a Better City'.