Icon 100 12.09.11

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Issue 100 is out now

This month we celebrate 100 issues of Icon with an exploding birthday cake made for us by Blanch & Shock, and birthday cards from eight years of cover stars. Our cover was designed by Rem Koolhaas’ practice OMA, and we also get rare behind-the-scenes access to the Rotterdam office of this architecture factory that has produced so many talented architects (from Zaha Hadid to Bjarke Ingels).

We pick the best of this year’s design graduates, and interview legendary artist Christo who, at the age of 70, is preparing to cover the Arkansas River. We also explore the architecture of the London Olympics – what does it tell us about how the British make cities?

Up front we feature phase two of the High Line in New York, Toyo Ito’s architecture museum in Japan, an olive oil factory in Portugal, Pedro Gadanho’s intervention in a Portuguese house, and profile gallerist Libby Sellers.

In Review, we look at how Kenneth Grange designed an age, wonder if pop music has eaten itself, and take a voyeuristic tour of a dead architect’s houses.

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