It has been a space for creativity and invention, a venue for secret war-time activities and a snub to the architectural establishment, but the enduring appeal of the shed lies in its simplicity.

Casa Garoza 26 September 2012

Madrid-based architect Juan Herreros sees this no-frills holiday home in rural Spain as an animal occupying but not transforming the landscape.

Craftica by Formafantasma 24 September 2012

Formafantasma has collaborated with Fendi on a range of primitive-looking tools and furniture that seeks to explore the tactile qualities of leather

Review: Making WET 14 September 2012

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing tells the story of the l970s

countercultural magazine. WET's founder Leonard Koren once said

that even he didn't know what 'gourmet bathing' meant but, as Steve Parnell

explains, it had more to do with architecture than you might expect.

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Chartered territory 12 September 2012

A US economist thinks he has found a way to bring prosperity and opportunity to developing countries by creating entirely new autonomous cities, run by foreign governments and based around a charter of “good rules”. The president of Honduras wants to make the idea a reality. But could they ever be good places to live?

Icon 112: Manufacturing 07 September 2012

As London Design Festival approaches, Icon goes behind the scenes to visit the factories where glossy products are prototyped and manufactured. In this issue we travelled all over Europe to see the places and meet the people responsible for these complicated and fascinating processes.

London Design Festival begins this Friday. We recommend Trust Us – a symposium at the V&A’s Hochhauser Auditorium on 15 September. The free one-day event explores the relationships between institutions and architects and is led by architects and thinkers including Alfredo Brillembourg of Urban-Think Tank and Eyal Weizman.


September Diary 2012 05 September 2012

This month Studio Gang unveils a major exhibition in Chicago, Vienna's MAK looks at the design of everyday items, the Metropolitan Museum in New York celebrates the influence of Andy Warhol, Detroit hosts a 48-hour screening that examines the city's image and London Design Festival kicks off in the capital.

Guimarães arts centre 03 September 2012

The Portuguese city of Guimarães crowns its year as European Capital of Culture with a bold, brass gallery by Pitágoras Architects.

The dystopian landscape imagined and drawn by the Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner in 1969 still resonates today, says Isabel Stevens – especially in Milton Keynes

Venice Takeaway 29 August 2012

This year's British pavilion will display the results of a global effort to find architectural solutions to modern problems, explains Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Fashion and Design at the British Council

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