There’s something about central Europe and graphic design, and if we needed any more proof of that, the ICA has drawn together a stunning collection of covers of Austrian architecture magazine Bau. To gives it its full title, Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning was unusual in its glossy-magazine stylings, and fostered a brave, interdisciplinary approach to looking at the built environment; examining its relationship with politics, art and people.
The ICA show presents original issues of the magazine published between 1965 and 1970; when Austrian architects and artists including Hans Hollein, Walter Pichler, Günther Feuerstein and Oswald Oberhuber, took over its editorship. The imagery is beautiful, eschewing traditional bricks and mortar shots for bold art direction and diverse typography that look more akin to stylised zines or fashion pages; creating a playful, punk approach that’s utterly irresistible.
Everything is Architecture: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s runs from 29 July – 27 September at the ICA
- Meji Alabi on discovering his roots through film and music
- Stoic black cats and burning worlds: Quentin Dufour on his chaotic illustrations
- Jiří Makovec’s photographs meander between the personal and the universal
- In photographing the American west, Andong Zheng uncovers hidden traces of Chinese history
- Meet Universal Thirst, the Bangalore and Reykjavik-based foundry offering a dual perspective on type
- Manchester Girls, the new series from Dean Davies, is a visual homage to the women of the north
- Facebook rebrands to distinguish the company from the app
- Jack Kenyon photographs the wondrous spectacle of the Supreme Cat Show
- &Walsh designs Zooba's identity inspired by the busy streets of Cairo
- A book chronicling tiny, bizarre treasures curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
- Find hidden squares and experimental inktraps in Fatih Hardal's FH Giselle
- Pentagram’s Giorgia Lupi on her data-driven designs for & Other Stories