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Blueprint 282 This month’s cover story is the exclusive, world-first publication of Ron Arad’s Design Museum for Holon, Israel. It is a significant time for Arad: his first US retrospective opens at MoMA in New York in September, and the Design Museum, his first major building, is located near Tel Aviv, where he grew up. Lead by Asa Bruno, the new architectural department of Arad’s office played with new construction techniques and materials, notably an innovative coating for Cor-Ten steel. The dramatic design departs from the region’s modernist heritage with a form rivalling Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum in Bilbao: Tim Abrahams reports.
A generous portion of this month’s issue is dedicated to 50 remarkable graduate projects from this year’s degree shows. For this round-up we enlisted a team of experts – from architects and artists to critics and curators – in different disciplines to scour the UK for the most impressive work. With the focus still on students, Adrian Friend and Rashid Ali, tutors at the University of Nottingham, provide their account of a student project involving the design and build of a children’s nursery in Jouberton, South Africa. Blueprint covered the project’s intentions in the January issue and now, with the completion of a beautiful building for 120 children, it is difficult not to admire the commitment and maturity of the second and fifth year students involved in the project. Also in this issue: Jane Czyselska writes about the interesting relationship between the architecture of Munio Weinraub in Tel Aviv and the work of his filmmaker son, Amos Gitai; Snøhetta’s experimental facade for a Saudi oil company; Jan de Cock playing mind games in a new exhibition; and illustrator Andy Council drawing us his paper ‘dino’ city, coinciding with the opening of Blueprint’s exhibition Paper City: Urban Utopias at the Royal Academy from the 31 July-27 October.

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