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