Future Systems

A study of the work of the creative and influential architectural practice.

Marcus Field


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About the book

Future Systems, led by Jan Kaplicky and Amanda Levete, is one of the UK's most innovative and influential architectural practices. Known internationally, their name is synonymous with pioneering and technologically creative design. Their work first made an impact through the powerful imagery of its unbuilt work, which reached an international zenith with the second-placed scheme for the French National Library in 1989. Their built work of the 1990s has attracted media acclaim and public interest, and their exhibition at London's Institute for Contemporary Arts in 1998 attracted unprecedented numbers for an architectural show.

Future Systems' interests extend well beyond those of more conventional architecture practices. Jan Kaplicky has designed this unique and vibrant book, which explores their design philosophy and illustrates their wide influences. Author Marcus Field traces the continuing development of Future Systems' work and examines over 30 recent projects, including the Hauer-King House, London, the Media Centre at Lords Cricket Ground and Comme des Garcons shops in New York, Paris and Tokyo. The book also contains a glossary of projects from 1958-92, including designs for products and furniture.

In The Press
'Attractive book … inspirational images.' (Building Design)

'Beautifully illustrated explores their impressive achievements – from concepts and influences to design philosophy and displays of their extensive work.' (Worth Global Style Network, http:/

'Fascinating … the book is undoubtedly beautiful.' (FX)

'Packed with innovation, this book is an impressive read.' (i-D)

' Each project is illustrated with stunning conceptual artwork, model development and photography of completed works showing the full progress from inspiration to construction … The book itself even exudes innovation.' (Feng Shui for Modern Living)

'Beyond a catalogue of buildings, this publication explores their concepts and influences, and displays the way in which Future Systems have been driven to make architecture exhilarating and free … Jan Kaplicky has designed this unique and vibrant book.' (Perspective)

About the author(s)
Marcus Field writes for the Independent on Sunday. He was previously Editor of Blueprint.

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