Ove Arup (1895-1988) was the most influential engineer of the 20th century and the pioneer of a multidisciplinary approach to design that has defined the way engineering is understood and practiced today. This exhibition will focus on the design philosophy of Ove Arup, revealing his ideas of collaborative working, total architecture and design as a humanistic and technological tool for social responsibility.
On display will be designs for some of Arup’s first projects such as Sydney Opera House and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo, including previously unseen archival materials, shown alongside recent projects by Arup, the global engineering consultancy. There will be large-scale prototypes and building components as well as digital animations and models. The exhibition is part of the V&A’s 2016 Engineering Season which will also comprise a site-specific installation in the John Madejski Garden by engineer and architect Achim Menges and an associated programme of talks, workshops and events.