Organized by Jonathan Solomon for the Center for Architecture, New York, Practical Utopias presents a body of recent work by American and international firms in five cities.
The exhibition identity system contains multiple languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English), and uses Maison Neue, a contemporary grotesque typeface with humanistic qualities, set vertically with a custom, full-width upper-case “I”, connoting the skyline of the urban landscape. Bold colors group projects along common lines, highlighting infrastructure, density, environmental agendas, layered programs, and cultural or recreational elements, while numerous vector maps help situate visitors in the East Asian landscape of utopian ambition. After its first installation in New York, the exhibition travelled to Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
Photos by Naho Kubota