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Virgil Abloh: ‘I’m here to be an inspiration’

For the Off-White founder, everything creative was political. Here we publish our interview with the late design polymath from Spring 2021

Design
29.11.21

ICON 206: Winter 2021

The Activate issue showcases how architecture and design can be harnessed as a tool to activate change

Digital Magazines
29.11.21

Set designer Lydia Chan creates maximalist London installation

Your Ship Has Landed, at the NOW Gallery, is a riotous explosion of colour, form and experience

Design
26.11.21

Mecanoo transforms Mies van der Rohe’s MLK Library

The Washington DC library honouring the civil rights leader has been revitalised with new spaces, a public roof garden and a social focus

Architecture
25.11.21

Opinion

The dark arts of Big Oil advertising

Play is not a luxury – and our cities need to reflect that

Rethinking the future of the Los Angeles River

There is nothing ‘super’ about superyachts

Behind Greece’s new tallest building, a neighbourhood reshaped by profit

PVC perils: why bouncy castles are a design nightmare

Jony Ive and Prince Charles will save us all with design, apparently

‘For Indigenous communities, architecture is a symbol of colonisation’

The promise of Hip-Hop Architecture




Architecture

Mecanoo transforms Mies van der Rohe’s MLK Library

The Washington DC library honouring the civil rights leader has been revitalised with new spaces, a public roof garden and a social focus

Architecture
25.11.21

Mario Cucinella designs Tuscan cultural centre with ‘suspended plaza’

Palazzo Senza Tempo, in the Italian hilltop town of Peccioli, combines old and new structures with a cantilevered public platform

Architecture
23.11.21

London’s Courtauld Gallery reopens after redevelopment

The transformation project by Witherford Watson Mann has revitalised and opened up the neoclassical building within Somerset House

Architecture
22.11.21

Cities

‘Modernist Glade’ created in Milton Keynes by Hayatsu Architects and Tue Greenfort

‘15-minute city’ idea wins Obel Award

London’s Design District opens on Greenwich Peninsula

Paris plans first ‘zero-carbon’ neighbourhood

New book explores the cultural and social history of the London pub

South Kensington installations propose greener London

Social housing and the hopes of young Londoners: Ayo Akingbade’s A Glittering City

Exploring the poetic mundanity of urban peripheries – in photographs

New exhibition showcases cartoons of city life


Design

Virgil Abloh: ‘I’m here to be an inspiration’

For the Off-White founder, everything creative was political. Here we publish our interview with the late design polymath from Spring 2021

Design
29.11.21

Set designer Lydia Chan creates maximalist London installation

Your Ship Has Landed, at the NOW Gallery, is a riotous explosion of colour, form and experience

Design
26.11.21

London basketball court co-designed with local residents

Home Court aims to create a positive multi-generational space in its Camberwell community

Design
23.11.21

Videos

ICON Minds: the future of the home

ICON Minds: the future of work

Sustainable design: Pentatonic x Snarkitecture talk recycled materials

Salone del Mobile: Tomas Alonso and Studio Brynjar & Veronika for Swarovski

New Nordic design

UK Construction Week

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Nendo’s Oki Sato

Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality


Opinion

The dark arts of Big Oil advertising

Green fields, blue skies and nostalgic architecture: the fossil fuel advertising of 20th-century Britain inspired delusion. Now we are not such willing participants 

Opinion
09.11.21

Play is not a luxury – and our cities need to reflect that

Design should embrace children and their development by enabling diverse play wherever possible, argue Amica Dall and Penny Wilson

Opinion
29.10.21

Rethinking the future of the Los Angeles River

Waterways have the potential to make cities more sustainable and joyful – but it requires collaboration, creativity and community, explains Mia Lehrer

Opinion
05.10.21

Digital Issue

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