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Future perfect

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Jan Kaplicky gave a spirited lecture at the V&A on Sunday afternoon on what makes thinking about tomorrow so much fun, not least new materials and methods of construction.The Future Systems guru said work with sculptor Anish Kapoor was now on the cards and the Birmingham Selfridges is set to open in September.The drawings of old, unbuilt projects look fresh and inspirational - in one or two cases, inspiration indeed for architects who have completed remarkably similar-looking buildings. Kaplicky acknowledged other designers as sources of inspiration - the Birmingham cladding of aluminium discs was inspired by a Paco Rabanne dress, for instance. Fashion, he remarked, not only attracts very creative designers but is quick to put their work into effect.

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