"Engineering the world" exhibition

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Added On June 21, 2016

The first ever major retrospective on the engineering legend Ove Arup has opened its door to the public, as part of the V&A Engineering Season.
 
LIFESTYLES takes you there.
 
Revealing the untold design stories behind some of the world's most famous buildings, the exhibition reveals the Philosophy of "Total Design" made by Ove Arup.
 
It centers on bringing all professions involved in a project together from the start and also advocates closer collaboration between architects, engineers and builders.
 
The philosophy also indicates a way of fulfilling social responsibility.
 
SOUNDBITE: TRISTRAM CARFRAE, Deputy Chair at Arup
"In traditional design, you have what we call it sole author, one person decides what we do, and everybody else work to support that single vision, one idea. In total design, many people come together with lots of different ideas. And then we make that into a composite picture of one solution which works in lots of different ways so you get more complex and rich solutions from total design."
 
The special section, "Arup after Ove" explores Ove's legacy and highlight recent work by Arup to consider the future of cutting-edge engineering solutions and their role in our built environment.
 
Major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail will be brought to life via a new digital interactive map showing underground tunnelling allowing visitors to navigate through London.
 
Within the context of its time, this exhibition reviews the contribution made by Ove, such arrangement is designed to provide inspiration for future engineering world.
 
SOUNDBITE: MARIA NICANOR, Co-curator
"I think if we can get some people inspired to think about the ways that engineering is affecting your everyday lives, there will be a wonderful outcome. I don't think we sometimes give credit to the engineers and how they affect every single aspect our lives. Since the moment we wake up in the morning and we get into the subway to the interactions we are having in our buildings, all of those things are affected and designed by engineers and architects. So if we can understand that give them the credit for that, I think that will be fantastic."
 
Ove Arup is the most influential engineer of the 20th century, who founded Arup Group Limited.
 
He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1973. 
 
The exhibition Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design runs from June 18th to November 6th.