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Sukhdev Sandhu finds that Owen Hatherley’s Angry Young Man approach to the banality of modern Britain is as bracing as ever.

Published in Reviews 2012

Gio Ponti

30 November 2012

Reissues of seven elegant pieces by the Italian maestro are going on a whirlwind tour of Europe.

For over 20 years, the pictures beamed back from NASA's orbiting observatory have shed light on dark matter and fired the imaginations of Earth dwellers.

Published in NEWS

Funerals have never had the greatest of images, but that is no reason for them to be organised in drab offices on the outskirts of town, says Studio Makgill.

Spaceport America

27 November 2012

Starting next year, Virgin Galactic will offer space adventures for the 1%, including Brad Pitt, Stephen Hawking and Katy Perry. Icon went to the New Mexico desert to visit Foster + Partners’ Spaceport America, from where these sub-orbital flights for the stars will launch.

Wuxi Grand Theatre

21 November 2012

Finnish practice PES Architects has delivered a dramatic architectural statement for the Chinese city, with eight twisting, glowing fins oversailing a lavish bamboo-clad auditorium.

Encoded Textiles

19 November 2012

A Dutch design duo has created a machine that gives our ephemeral text message communication physical form – using bleach and lengths of coloured cotton.

MCA Chicago’s ambitious exhibition leaves Sam Jacob in no doubt about how little we can hope to know about the buildings we inhabit.

Published in Reviews 2012

For Icon’s Weather issue, Random International – designers of the extraordinary Rain Room installation at the Barbican’s Curve ­– chose five things that echo their minimalist ethos. Here are their picks, plus a short film on the project by Gramafilm.

Rolf Sachs

12 November 2012

The designer has produced an eclectic range of objects and installations over the past 30 years, united as a body of work by their “Germanness”.

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