Issue 072 out now 08.05.09

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The June issue of icon is out now. This month, we dig into the growing popularity of urban farming. Some architects see it as the Holy Grail of sustainable cities – but is it? We take a look at the proposals, from skyscraping superfarms to the greening of wasteland. There’s also an interview with the Swiss master of mountain minimalism, Valerio Olgiati, on why he makes his buildings so hard to understand. Altogether easier to grasp is the straightforward, pared-down design of Swedish studio TAF, which is profiled as well.

In Conversation this month are Eyal Weizman and Dan Graham, talking two-way mirrors and Israeli security theatre. Up front, we have shoot-outs in the Guggenheim, ice cream vans and new work from OMA, Nendo, Konstantin Grcic and Front. In Review there’s Google Street View UK, Jade Goody’s funeral, the Jazz Century and books by Jeremy Till, Owen Hatherley and Marc Augé.

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