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Issue 097 is out now
Icon 097 is out now, and this month we go large on the theme of "megastructures". American superstar Steven Holl talks to Kazys Varnelis about his horizontal skyscrapers, hybrid complexes and how public space can aid reform in China – and there's a look at his smaller new museums in Biarritz and Nanjing, too. In our cover feature we look at the history and future of the space frame. Once at the heart of the utopian planning of the 1960s and 1970s, the infinitely flexible space frame is now playing supporting roles to shed and under the skin of the starchitects' seamless blobs. Can it rise again?
We also join sculptor Richard Wentworth for a stroll around central London, looking up at the City's new batch of Skyscrapers. From the shiny Heron to the pointy Shard – via OMA's discreet Rothschild headquarters – what do these new spires tell us about the changing face of the capital? And in New York, we visit designer Dror Benshetrit, who has developed a structural system that can support everything from tables to bridges.
Up front, there's David Chipperfield's Hepworth Wakefield, UN Studio's Dutch tax office, X-TU's shiny, snaking natural history museum, A-cero's bunker-like house plus eleven pages on the best design from the Milan furniture fair. BERG rethinks the humble receipt, we dissect Yves Béhar's £36,500 mobile phone and Kenneth Grange gives us his five most wanted. In Review, we look at the past and future of architectural magazines, flick through Wim Wenders' holiday snaps and have a terrible time in Dubai. There's also 36 pages of the latest in kitchens and bathrooms in our Design Report, and the Products Yearbook. That's all in Icon 097, on sale now.