The museum's Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital team injects topical relevance to the permanent collection.

This article titled “The V&A looks outwards: its Rapid Response Collecting gallery is unveiled” was written by Oliver Wainwright, for The Guardian on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 18.20 UTC

Four lengths of thick grey wire hang in an aluminium display case in the V&A, looking as if someone forgot to hide the electric cable in the latest exhibition. But these dumb grey strips, according to the caption, could change our cities’ skylines for ever. They are new ultra-strong carbon-fibre lift cables that allow elevators to travel in uninterrupted runs of up to 1km. With this single invention, skyscrapers will become taller and slimmer than ever before.

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