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Spotlight: Jan Kaplický

06:00 - 18 April, 2017
Spotlight: Jan Kaplický, Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/bs0u10e0/6837495909'>Flickr user Bs0u10e0</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Selfridges at the Birmingham Bullring Centre, 2003. Image © Flickr user Bs0u10e0 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. Working with partner Amanda Levete at his suitably-named practice Future Systems, Kaplický was catapulted to fame after his sensationally avant-garde 1999 Lord's Cricket Ground Media Centre and became a truly innovative icon of avant-garde architecture.

Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram

07:00 - 29 April, 2016
Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram , Archigram, Walking City (Project 064), 1964 . Image © Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Archigram, Walking City (Project 064), 1964 . Image © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

The exhibition “Yesterday's Future” juxtaposes utopias by Future Systems and Archigram. It presents extraordinary utopias created by the teams of architects at Future Systems and Archigram. It focuses on detailed technical drawings, brightly coloured collages and filigree original models.

The works by Czech architect and founder of Future Systems Jan Kaplický, who emigrated to London in 1968, date from the 1980s and 1990s and are juxtaposed to designs created 20 years earlier by the Archigram architectural group, which was made up of Peter Cook, Ron Herron, and Dennis Crompton. Whereas Archigram conceived organic architecture that ensured survival in inhospitable environments, the technoid designs by Future Systems were located in friendlier places such as deserted natural surroundings or extremely built-up cities.

Kaplicky's controversial Prague Library may get built

21:00 - 13 March, 2009

Before Jan Kaplicky’s recent death, the controversial Prague National Library project by Future Systems was supposed to be shelved forever. However, there are rumors now saying it may get built, thanks to a popular Facebook group supporting the project.