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Richard Rogers & Architects, 88 Wood Street, 2001. Photo: Katsuhisa Kida.

Paris

Richard Rogers & Architects

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
November 21–March 3

Curated by Olivier Cinqualbre, Ab Rogers, and Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers is an architect who understands the delicate interplay between buildings and the cities they inhabit. Early projects—including the Centre Pompidou (designed with a young Renzo Piano) and the infamous Lloyds of London Tower—embraced the spectacle of public life using the industrial high-tech aesthetic that became popular in the wake of Archigram and the Swinging ’60s. More recent commissions, like the Welsh National Assembly Building in Cardiff and the rainbow-colored Barajas Airport in Madrid, tackle difficult issues of city planning and the need for a sustainable architecture without abandoning the playful, humanist sensibility that characterizes all of Rogers’s built work. This comprehensive retrospective documents more than fifty projects, covering forty years of work by one of Britain’s greatest living architects. Travels to the Design Museum, London, Spring 2008.