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An arsenal of arses, a bounty of breasts and a lesser number of other female parts get enthusiastically ogled by Stephen Bayley in this bizarre book. We see the women, but where’s the design?

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Feature: Reality 2.0

28 October 2009
Reality as we know it is finished. Welcome to reality 2.0 – where the internet is ubiquitous, and the world is forested with information.
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Dutch Design Week started with the opening of the Design Academy Eindhoven’s graduation show where the students’ work largely dealt with the aesthetics of waste, sustainability and design for tight spaces.
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On the roof terrace of the former Dia Art Foundation building in Chelsea, New York, Los Angeles-based Inaba architects has designed Pool Noodle Rooftop, a seating installation made from flotation aids.
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The Weingut Claus Preisinger winery and visitor centre has opened in Burgenland, Austria’s heartland of wine production. It’s designed by Viennese practice PropellerZ.
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Tonight is the finale of Design For Life, the BBC2 reality show in which young Brits compete for a placement in Philippe Starck’s studio in Paris. Here’s what we thought of the first couple of episodes, from icon 077.

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Review: Ground Control

16 October 2009
Anna Minton’s book about regeneration, crime and urban policy will make anyone who cares about the future of British cities very angry indeed.
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The AT&T Performing Arts Centre has opened in Dallas. The $354 million centre includes the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House by Foster & Partners and REX/OMA’s Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre among its facilities.

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Destruction was preservation at the new home of the Museum of Design and Fashion, or MUDE, in Lisbon. Ricardo Carvalho & Joana Vilhena Arquitectos took a 1950s bank in the historic centre of the city and sandblasted it to within an inch of its life.
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Issue 077 out now

09 October 2009
Do not adjust your set – the dizzying image on the front cover of icon 077 is a real building. It’s Chiaki Arai’s extraordinary Ofunato Civic Centre, one of the delights of the November issue, which is out now.
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