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In 2001, Rem Koolhaas put a name to the soulless, mallified space that was spreading virus-like across the planet. His rambling, witty essay still serves as a powerful lament for modern architecture.

Britten-Pears Archive

29 October 2013

Stanton Williams marks Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a sensitive and stately addition to the composer’s Suffolk farmhouse.

Feature: ZHA World

29 October 2013

Hadid, who recently opened a huge shopping complex in Beijing and launched a sculptural shoe, has had a prolific year. Brand Zaha is now a formidable, swooshing global force.

Olafur Eliasson and landscape architect Günther Vogt have created an artwork at the headquarters of Kvadrat that recalls earlier times and a much colder climate.

PearsonLloyd

22 October 2013

After years of staying out of its clients’ spotlight, PearsonLloyd’s recent exhibition at Great Western Studios gave its founders a chance to reflect on their body of work.

The contradictions that run through the Royal Academy’s retrospective sum up the architect perfectly, says Charles Holland.

Published in Reviews 2013

Coop Himmelb(l)au tests the limits of large-scale parametric design by landing a spaceship-like civic centre in northern China. 

Icon 125: Libraries

04 October 2013

In this issue, we celebrate the library and the ways in which it has been rethought in the digital age. We visit Birmingham's new “super library” by Mecanoo and Snøhetta’s Hunt library in North Carolina. We look at the competition to design a new chair for the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, and our cover star is Matali Crasset, who brought books to the beach near Marseille this summer.

Published in NEWS

This collection of essays and interviews sheds much-needed light on an era of radical sociopolitical change, says Steve Parnell.

Published in Reviews 2013

Fernando and Humberto Campana are seen as the godfathers of modern Brazilian design, and the influence of their ‟alchemical” use of salvaged materials is seen a new generation. But these young designers are determined not to live in the shadow of their forebears. 

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