Engineering the World:

Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

The Engineering Season at the V&A Museum will celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of design.

The exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Ove Arup (1895-1988), one of the most influential engineers and designers of the 20th century.

Near the entrance to the exhibition, there is a framed coffee-stained doodle by Arup (see below) of a cartoon figure with labels such as ‘Delight’, ‘Purpose’, ‘Organisation’, and ‘Site Conditions’, that capture the essence of his pioneering ideas about what the modern engineer should encapsulate.

The exhibition includes Arup’s projects but also examines how Arup’s Total Design concept inspired other landmarks buildings of the new high-tech form, most notably the Centre Pompidou by Richard Rogers, and the HSBC Hong Kong Building by Norman Foster.

‘Engineering the World’ runs at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London until 6 November 2016.