icon 084 / June 2010
Icon 084, which is in shops now, is the Africa issue. We devote the bulk of the June issue to architecture and design from this vast, fascinating and neglected continent. In Burkina Faso, we meet Francis Kéré, the architect on course to become Africa's first global star. In Ghana, we take a (very slow) spin down the traffic-choked Spintex Road, the booming thoroughfare that points to the continent's urban future. In South Africa, we speak to Mokena Makeka, a young architect defying convention and rethinking Cape Town's apartheid fabric – and we look at that city's transformation in readiness for the World Cup. And in Mali, we visit Djenné's stunning mud mosque, almost destroyed with love and now being restored with care.
On top of all that, we explore Africa's extraordinary mobile phone hacking culture, look at the problems and opportunities facing its medium-sized cities, get the facts on the Western governments and corporations grabbing land for agriculture and sift through the 21st-century hell of Ghana's e-waste mountains.
Plus, up front there's new work from Julien de Smedt, Steven Holl, Thomas Heatherwick, AOC and StandardArchitecture, and a preview of Clerkenwell Design Week. In review we stumble around Ma Yansong and Olafur Eliasson's smoke-filled Beijing installation, get locked up and blacked out in New York, go pop with Richard Hamilton and hit the road with Chris Petit. That's all in the June issue of icon, out now.
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