MONTREAL

Credit: Météorologie d’Intérieur


Environment: Approaches for Tomorrow
Canadian Centre for Architecture
Through April 22, 2007
French landscape architect Gilles Clement and Swiss architect Philippe Rahm join forces to present alternative visions of environmental design. Clement, who is known for pioneering the concept of a “third” landscape created by human interference, turns theory into three dimensions with a chandelier of acrylic teardrops filled with bits of junk and seeds. Rahm's specialty is “interior weather.” He uses temperature, humidity, and light to generate fresh thinking about the impact the elements have on space. Above: Installation at the Canadian Centre for Architecture by Philippe Rahm Architects
 
CHICAGO
Learning from North Lawndale: Past, Present + Future
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Through Nov. 13, 2006
Stories from a historic Chicago neighborhood, home to notables such as Benny Goodman, Martin Luther King Jr., Golda Meir, and Dinah Washington.

Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works in Progress
Museum of Contemporary Art
Through Jan. 6, 2007
Seven works in progress show environmentally responsible approaches to land use, materials, and energy consciousness that support Mayor Richard Daley's vision for “the greenest city in America.”

MIAMI BEACH
Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design
The Wolfsonian
Through March 25, 2007More than 200 works of American silver, made between 1925 and 2000, convey the rich aesthetic possibilities of a timeless material.
 
LOS ANGELES
Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Through Jan. 7, 2007
Over 100 examples of subversive dress show how 40 fashion designers revolutionized the structure, materials, and technology of contemporary clothing.

The Gen[H]ome Project
MAK Center
Through Feb. 18, 2007
Architects and artists transform L.A.'s landmark Schindler House into a conceptual genetics lab. Among the many scientific methodologies referenced are astronomy, robotics, and algorithms.

Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Through March 5, 2007
Architectonic garments and buildings inspired by fabrics are only the starting point for a groundbreaking exhibition of 300 examples of avant-garde clothing and buildings by 46 designers, all housed in an Arata Isozaki–designed building.

MILWAUKEE
Biedermeier: The Invention of Simplicity
Milwaukee Art Museum
Through Jan. 1, 2007
The first comprehensive exhibition of Biedermeier presents approximately 300 examples of paintings, furniture, decorative arts, and works on paper from early 19th century Central Europe.
 
MINNEAPOLIS
Streamline Design: The Essence of Speed
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Through Sept. 28, 2007
The acquisition of a 1936 Tatra T87 automobile inspired this display of aerodynamicism in objects created by America's 20th century superstars: Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, and Henry Dreyfuss.
 
NEW HAVEN, CONN.
Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses
Yale University School of Architecture
Through Feb. 2, 2007
Eight studios, including Resolution: 4 Architecture, Steven Holl, and Michelle Kaufmann, take prefabricated dwellings to the next level.
 
NEW YORK
Mid-Century Modern: The Interior and Furniture Design of Florence Knoll
New York School of Interior Design
Through Dec. 16, 2006
Inspired by an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this focused exhibit celebrates the architect, space planner, and furniture designer—and her preference for light, elegant, open spaces.

Looking Back from Ground Zero
The Brooklyn Museum
Through Jan. 7, 2007
Paintings, photos, prints, and drawings of Lower Manhattan drawn from the museum's permanent collection mark the five-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196x-197x
Storefront for Art and Architecture
Through Jan. 14, 2007
Short-lived and self-published, the pamphlets and manuals in this exhibit allowed theory to evolve during a fertile time for the avant-garde. (The Xs in the exhibit title are intentional.)

Simply Droog: 10+3 Years of Creating
Innovation and Discussion
Museum of Arts & Design
Through Jan. 14, 2007
A traveling retrospective of the Dutch collaborative includes 150 pieces that turned the tide of style.

Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Through Jan. 28, 2007
Creative recall of the late 1960s, when daring experiments in art, music, film, architecture, and theater converged in Brazil.

Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall—An Artist's Country Estate
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 20, 2007
An examination of the artist's Long Island home, built at the turn of the last century and, except for fragments, objects, and photos, now lost.

Made to Scale: Staircase Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through June 3, 2007
A rare sighting of 19th century French staircase models offers technical virtuosity and design fancy on an intimate scale.

Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Dec. 8–July 29, 2007
Practitioners point the way forward in disciplines as diverse as architecture, animation, and medicine. A section devoted to the transformative power of design draws lessons from the Seattle Central Library by Rem Koolhaas and NASA's robotics experiments. A video-inspired skate park, which glides from land into the sea, and a rethink of the classical botanical garden as a place for ecology and urbanism show the power of design to enhance everyday experiences. Above: Soft Cell, a silicone and rubber installation by architect Michael Meredith

PITTSBURGH
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages
Carnegie Museum of Art
Through Jan. 15, 2007
In its final venue, this traveling exhibition offers more than 130 works of art, including a bifold door from the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Ct.
 
SAN FRANCISCO
Alexander Girard: Vibrant Modern
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Through Feb. 25, 2007
Ethnic motifs and extravagantly bright colors were hallmarks for Girard, one of America's great postwar designers.
 
TEMPE, ARIZ.
New American City: Artists Look Forward Arizona State University Art Museum
Through Jan. 27, 2007
Local artists weigh in on the future of Phoenix, a city beset by astronomical growth despite the supposed limits of its desert setting.
 
WASHINGTON
Two Windows on the Willard: The Photographs of Carol M. Highsmith and Frances Benjamin Johnston
American Institute of Architects
Headquarters Gallery
Through Jan. 5, 2007
Archival and contemporary photographs present the history of a legendary Washington, D.C., hotel.

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design National Building Museum
Through June 3, 2007
Innovative “green” residences from around the world and a furnished modular house by California modernist architect Michelle Kaufmann provide a consumer-friendly picture of eco-design. Lectures include off -the-grid strategies and how to incorporate sustainable principles into residential home design.