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10 Best Architecture and Design Exhibitions You Cannot Miss in 2018 — This year will experience an incredible diversity of exhibitions, many of which looked to the past in unconventional ways.

From “Bodys Isek Kingelez” in New York City to “First Steps toward Art, Design and Disability” in Tokyo, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for exploring contemporary design and innovation in architecture. Over the year, exhibitions will explore these two design fields in a unique variety of ways. So Daily Design News round up the 10 most incredible architecture and design shows around the world. CHECK THEM OUT!

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Bodys Isek Kingelez

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
26 May – 21 October 2018

Photograph by Maurice Aeschimann, courtesy of CAAC – The Pigozzi Collection

On this exhibition, you’ll be able to see extraordinary model cities made of cardboard, paper, plastic and found objects are set to fill the galleries of New York’s MoMA. The installation will track Kingelez’s 25-year-long career, which began with individual buildings and then turned to the sprawling metropolis he based on African cities.

Values of Design

V&A Gallery at Design Society, Shenzhen, China
2 December 2017 – 4 August 2019

Fragile Future by Studio Drift

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum recently opened its first international gallery in Shenzhen’s new design museum, Design Society. Pieces mark significant points in design history, ranging from a 17th-century astrolabe to a jumpsuit that Stella McCartney designed for H&M.

Renzo Piano

Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
15 September 2018 — 20 January 2019

Photograph by William Matthews

Drawings, models and full-size experiments that have rarely been showed before will offer visitors glimpses into the design processes of his most-well known buildings, including The New York Times Building and The Shard.

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

Design Museum, London, UK
10 May – 7 October 2018

Azzedine Alaïa has picked most of the exhibition pieces.

After fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa’s death in November last year, London’s Design Museum will exhibit 60 of his meticulously cut and figure-fitting dresses. The exhibition had been in the works for a while and the Tunisian-born designer picked most of the pieces.

The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
12 May 2018 – undisclosed

Photograph by Studio Tomás Saraceno

The Victoria and Albert museum strives to extirpate uncertainty by envisioning the future in 100 completed designs. Examples include a crowd-funded pedestrian bridge, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city designed by Foster + Partners, and sculptural balloons for environmentally friendly travel.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
10 May – 8 October 2018

The major fashion showcase will span two of the museum’s Manhattan locations.

Costume Institute’s Spring 2018 exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art aims to make an unexpected link between religious art and contemporary couture. The major fashion showcase will span two of the museum’s Manhattan locations, with exhibition design by architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The Architect’s Studio: Alejandro Aravena

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
11 October 2018 – 17 February 2019

The monumental UC Innovation Center is one of a series of major buildings Aravena completed for the Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

Alejandro Aravena’s socially conscious architectural studio Elemental, based in Chile, is next up in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s “trendsetting” architects series. Expect to see designs for low-cost “incremental” housing, and the monumental UC Innovation Center.

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project

National Building Museum, Washington, DC, USA
5 May 2018 – 3 March 2019

Photograph by Torkel Korling, courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Washington DC’s National Building Museum focuses on the three US cities that were built from the ground up in Tennessee, New Mexico and Washington state to provide bases for developing nuclear weapons during the second world war. Known as the Manhattan Project, today they demonstrate pioneering architecture, engineering, and planning, as well as modernist design principles.

Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – today

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
17 March – 9 September 2018

Photograph by Paolo Mussat Sartor

Vitra Design Museum will bring the party to the gallery with music, lighting and spatial installations. With acclaimed architect Arata Isozaki designing New York’s Palladio and Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA completing London’s Ministry of Sound, it’s about time the evolution of nightclub design was documented.

First Steps toward Art, Design and Disability

National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
22 February – 22 May 2017

Photograph by Andrea Morgante, courtesy of Shiro Studio

By exploring ways that design responds to disabilities, it will aptly follow a year that has seen the design industry grow conscious. For now, no much information has been released about this exhibition, although its tentative title First Steps toward Art, Design and Disability draws plenty of intrigues.

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