Engi­neer­ing the world - Ove Arup and the phi­los­o­phy of to­tal de­sign

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS - By CATHY PARKER

In its first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive on both Ove Arup and engi­neer­ing more broadly, Lon­don’s V& A Mu­seum staged Engi­neer­ing the World: Ove Arup and the Phi­los­o­phy of To­tal De­sign last month. Dur­ing a re­cent trip to Lon­don we vis­ited this ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum cel­e­brat­ing Ove Arup (1895-1988), pos­si­bly one of the 20th cen­turies most in­flu­en­tial en­gi­neers. Ove was Dan­ish but spent the bulk of his work­ing life in the UK and founded Ove Arup Part­ners (Now Arup Group). Amongst high­lights of his ca­reer were the iconic Pen­guin pool at Re­gents Park zoo with its curv­ing con­crete ramps, the Syd­ney Opera House and The Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou.

His ini­tial train­ing was as a philoso­pher and he had an imag­i­na­tive sense of de­sign en­com­passed by his phi­los­o­phy of “To­tal De­sign”.

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