Norman Foster’s 1933 BMW Transporter Returns

Written by By Marguerite Reardon, CNN The start of a new decade can bring with it much of the same — but also new promise. Some of the themes associated with the last decade…

Norman Foster's 1933 BMW Transporter Returns

Written by By Marguerite Reardon, CNN

The start of a new decade can bring with it much of the same — but also new promise. Some of the themes associated with the last decade will return, certainly, but the architecture, the exhibitions, the projections and ideas that have been emphasized before may not be nearly as prevalent.

That was certainly the case this year, with many architectural and planning projects that were considered to have been very much in the vanguard of the decade finishing their long-term projects and building on to new ideas.

Here are a few of the standout vehicles that defined the decade.

High Octane and a Stick Shift

Designed by Duchamp and Michalkowski, the “single engine, single control car” of the late 1930s will be seen in a new, international exhibition in Spain that celebrates the vast differences in the development of the auto industry from its infancy through the tumultuous twentieth century.

Bodies are becoming flexible, movements are opening up, the foundations of design are changing — yet the car remains a solitary, potentially dangerous machine that can seduce and amaze.

More than 72 years later, the magic of this new machine of this era is still alive. Take this mustard yellow air-cooled rod, a sturdy and confident member of what must be the fastest-growing automotive sub-brand in the world.

The Art of Manufacturing

The car manufacturing industry has long faced enormous challenges around pollution, design and speed, as well as the dramatic limits of global supply chains.

This new exhibition presents the products and innovations of a 25-year period from 1977 to 1992 to show how an iconic car maker — now owned by Volkswagen — navigated this climate of unprecedented change, and even technology, by continually striving for greater levels of quality and craftsmanship.

“Arts and Crafts as Industry: The Art of Manufacturing” opens in Madrid on June 28, 2019. The show continues in Budapest, Budapest, June 28, 2019.

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