Went to see the Arup exhibition. Good, worth a visit, too small like all these design exhibitions. Russell, you would like it.
It’s in that funny little space to the left as you enter the V&A. It’s very well made, I guess well “engineered”. They’ve thought harder than usual about how you move around a small space.
There’s a good bit on collaboration and multi-disciplinary teams. Thing is, there always is in these exhibitions about designers from the 50s and 60s. They always talk about collaboration and working in multi-disciplinary teams. They don’t always call it that, but they naturally just work with whoever they need to achieve the end product.
"Our point of view is in favour of teamwork rather than stardom. The data, the knowledge required, can be found not in one person, but in a number of persons."
They also always talk about working closely with a client. When Kenneth Grange spoke the other day he told the story of how his early Pentagram colleagues always questioned why he was never in the office. He replied he was always with his clients, what were they all doing?
These designers, the ones they make exhibitions about now, have always worked on big, ambitious projects. And to do that you have to collaborate. Right?