Icon 114: Weather

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Icon 114: Weather

The December issue of Icon is all about “Weather”. It went to press while Hurricane Sandy was lashing the east coast of America, causing evacuations, ongoing power cuts, and transport disruption. A Category 1 “superstorm”, it has invited comparisons with Katrina, the Category 3 hurricane that hit Louisiana in 2005 and is thought to be the most destructive in US history.

In New Orleans, Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation has commissioned several big name architects, including Thom Mayne, Shigeru Ban, Frank Gehry and David Adjaye, to rebuild the flattened Lower Ninth Ward. Daniel Brook wonders if the new homes are innovative prototypes or architectural gimmicks and talks to some of their owners.

Swedish artists Bigert and Bergström have built a Tornado Diverter and put it to the test in a week of storm-chasing adventure, capturing the results in a series of arresting photographs. We also look at attempts at geo-engineering, such as Hyderabad’s Snow World (“Switzerland in India”) – what do these projects say about our anxieties about climate change? And as the London Array, a colossal field of wind turbines off the coast of Kent, reaches completion, we ask: does wind power have a future?

Upfront there’s Reno Piano’s art museum in Oslo, MVRDV’s mountain of books, Zaha Hadid’s “tree of knowledge” and two libraries by David Adjaye. Plus our round-up of the London Design Festival, including launches by Patricia Urquiola and Barber Osgerby and the revamped 100% Design.

This month’s British Design Report looks at Haworth Tompkins’ new building for the RCA’s Battersea Campus, talks to Jasper Morrison, and brings you the best new work from British designers over the last year.

Finally, in Review: artists respond to skyscrapers; the street photography of William Klein and Daido Moriyama; the effort of making buildings, and an unsentimental look at Yugoslavian modernism.

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