In each architect or designer’s bag of tricks is the ability to manipulate space, often to the point of deception, drawing out what’s normally obscured or masking the otherwise-overtly built. Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions at the Nevada Museum of Art investigates the use of technology and design in transforming traditional spaces to show how new areas can be conceived of and created. With large-scale installations—including Lateral Office’s The Active Layer featuring approximately 4,750 wooden dowels, six plastic models, and 10 modular wooden floor plates of variable dimensions designed to reflect the untouched-yet-exploited Canadian wilderness — as well as prototypes, wall-sized graphics, and portable devices, the exhibit examines how new methods and materials might diversify contemporary interpretations of the built environment. Through Feb. 12 •