The Center for Land Use Interpretation maps and catalogues the aspects of landscape that are otherwise overlooked, from concealed urban oil fields to the architecture of police training centres. It applies the rigour of the early surveyors to the layers of human development that satellites don’t detect. In its understated way, it’s a call to action.
In Icon’s 100th issue, Kieran Long took a prescient look at the Olympic park not only to examine the site itself, but also to find out what it tells us about how the British make cities. A year later, with the Olympics about to start, seems like a good time to revisit the piece and look ahead to the “legacy”.
Icon 110 is all about Boats. Our cover features Ole Scheeren’s floating cinema in Thailand and we profile the architect – best known for his work on Beijing’s CCTV building – and ask him about life after leaving OMA. British architect David Kohn has beached a boat on top of London’s Southbank Centre, and we also wonder what the new Cutty Sark and Titanic Belfast museums say about modern visitor attractions.
This month, London prepares for the Olympics with themed exhibitions at RIBA, the opening of new gallery spaces at the Tate, and a show celebrating the best of Britain’s young designers. For those abroad, check out MoMA’s survey of design for children, Istanbul Modern’s exhibition on Urban Walls, and Design Parade 7 hosted by Villa Noailles in the south of France.
The Musée du Quai Branly has cast contemporary artists as modern-day shamans working with the forces of disorder. But by displaying artworks next to artefacts from every continent and period of history, the show raises complicated questions about art and ethnography.
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