Issue 076 out now 15.09.09

icon 076 / October 2009

The brothers Bouroullec star on the cover of the October issue of icon, on sale now. The prodigious French designers tell us about their need for a change in direction, their tussles with clients, and the many and strange influences on their world: freedom, the countryside, Dostoevsky and magical animals to name just a few. Similarly magical is Steven Holl's Hamsunsenteret, a shrine to Norway's most celebrated novelist. Secluded above the Arctic Circle, it's a surreal palace of tricks, puzzles, secrets and symbols.

Less remote is MVRDV's Celosia housing development, a dramatic and forward-thinking brutalist stack of apartments in Madrid. More progressive thoughts on housing come from Emilio Marin, profiled this issue, who rails against the seafront second homes that dominate the West's view of architecture in his native Chile. If that's all a bit real, escape with us into "augmented reality", the technology that's dissolving the barriers between the virtual and the real - and which could transform our view of the city.

And there's much more in this bumper issue. Up front we've got Muf, EXYZT, Miroslaw Balka, Gary Panter, Tatlin's Tower, Simon Hasan, Studio Gang, Jerszy Seymour and Stokke & Austad. In review there's bling anxiety in the V&A, concrete playgrounds at the Tricorn, a trip down memory lane with Neil Young, and the defining forces of the Bauhaus and Che Guevara. That's all in icon 076, the October issue, out now.

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