Issue 081 out now 05.02.10

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icon 081 / March 2010

The March issue of icon, which is on sale now, trots the globe. From Miami, we bring you Herzog & de Meuron’s multi-storey car park, an attempt to bring some glamour and excitement back to an unfashionable building type. But can a garage really regenerate a depressed neighbourhood? There’s more regeneration in Istanbul, Europe’s only supercity, which is pursuing a neoliberal dream of development and ripping itself apart in the process. In Copenhagen, we interview the Danish-Italian design duo Gamfratesi, who bring a cartoon playfulness to the Scandinavian tradition. And after Switzerland’s vote for a minaret ban, we asked architects for design responses – their plans range from the practical to the polemical.

Still in Switzerland, we have a faceted, shiny mountain refuge, our cover star this month. We visit Taiwan for a look at a country building a design economy from scratch. And in review, there are reports from the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Biennale and the CES electronics fair in Las Vegas.




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