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Masdar Institute

28 March 2011

Foster completes the first phase of Abu Dhabi’s carbon-neutral city, combining renewable technologies and Arab forms with trademark steel and glass.

Tom Cordell’s documentary recaptures the optimism of London’s modernist social housing and the fervour of the ambitious architects who built it.

Published in Reviews 2011

At airports we seldom notice the flat-weaved kaleidoscope beneath our feet. But why not pause a while to celebrate the geometric gum-covered sublimity of the airport carpet?

Morphosis completes its first Chinese project – a manmade island of executive and recreational facilities united under a vast green roof.

For the cover of our April issue, we commissioned London-based linocut illustrator Nick Morley to make a print of MAD’s Absolute Towers in Toronto. We asked him to take us through the process behind the artwork.

Swedish designer Pål Rodenius’ range of do-it-yourself plywood furniture is inspired by the simplicity of magazine clothing patterns.

Rethink: The Scouts

11 March 2011

The youth movement has spent over 100 years being prepared, but the 21st century seems to have caught it by surprise. Time for a makeover, says communications agency KK Outlet.

The Barbican Art Gallery’s new show Pioneers of the Downtown Scene opened last week, looking at how Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown and Gordon Matta-Clark shaped the art scene in 1970s Manhattan. Here’s our 2009 conversation between Anderson and architect Thom Mayne.

March Diary

08 March 2011
If the promise of sunshine isn’t enough to lure you from the studio this month, there are plenty of events worth getting out for: Yohji Yamamoto’s avant-garde creations at the V&A, Wim Crouwel’s graphic work at the Design Museum, Fritz Lang’s film Spione in Glasgow and a talk by Brooklyn-based architects SO-IL at the z33 in Belgium.
Published in NEWS

Issue 094 out now

04 March 2011
Icon 094 is out now! This month we explore the idea of originality in architecture and design by focusing on the work of two young practices. On the cover we have an illustration by Nick Morley of MAD's Absolute Towers which are topping out in Canada.
Published in NEWS
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