Brasil Arquitetura has continued São Paulo’s proud tradition of brutalist public architecture, creating a massive concrete culture and music complex in a tight inner-city space
Rem Koolhaas’s riot of stacked glass boxes may not be entirely respectful towards its neighbours, but, says Edwin Heathcote, it is one of the most daringly democratic buildings of the early 21st century.
Over the past 50 years, São Paulo’s architects have developed a distinctive concrete modernism that is at once monumental and intimate – solid as a fortress, but inviting everybody in. Among the city’s endless skyscrapers, it has resulted in some of the liveliest public spaces on Earth.
Edwin Heathcote explores São Paulo's sagging infrastructure and is inspired by its crowded, lively public spaces and a new cultural centre. Christopher Turner meets several Paulistan designers, a younger generation inspired by the Campana brothers but forging their own unique style. We also visit Inhotim, an art park in the Brazilian mountains, and talk to Daniel Libeskind about his first building in South America.
Glenn Adamson's latest book about craft may win over even the staunchest of crafts-haters, says craft-sceptic Edwin Heathcote
Few designers are as overtly influenced by the objects that they collect as Sebastian Bergne. The precise graphics of his rulers and other measuring devices appear in silk scarves and cheeseboards, and even the coat hangers that he hoards have been reimagined as candelabra.
The Hungarian architect Stefan Sebök worked with legends of the Bauhaus and of Soviet constructivism. A new book reveals more about his work but, as Edwin Heathcote discovers, Sebök himself remains elusive.
Edwin Heathcote's elegant guide to domestic symbolism entertains and informs Daisy Froud, but is curiously lacking in illustrations
Icon 116 is devoted to Japan. Nearly two years after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north of the country in March 2011, we revisit the disaster areas where architects and designers, including Toyo Ito’s KISYN group, are now helping to rebuild local communities. On the cover is Kengo Kuma, the master of “deceptive minimalism”, and we also talk to rising stars Takram Design Engineering.
Many cultural buildings are created with a civic purpose, but few achieve it as successfully as Jo Noero’s gallery complex in a South African township: a multi-purpose building that brings to life the enduring legacy of the apartheid struggle and provides a focal point for the community.
On a lush green hill overlooking the fragrant harbour, Frank Gehry has completed his first Asian building, a block of twelve apartments.
What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.
Wilkinson Eyre’s greenhouses at Singapore’s new botanical gardens echo the city state’s colonial past but hint at a more open future.
In the book Södrakull Frösakull, Mikael Olsson’s photographs take us on a tour of two deteriorating Bruno Mathsson houses from the 1960s. More than just documentation, these photos are strange and beautiful glimpses of modernism in decay. Here’s our review.
Eric Parry’s glass and ceramic extension to an 18th-century museum is a rare example of good contemporary architecture in Bath.
The slick black suites and lounges of the French architect’s Viennese hotel succeed where One New Change failed.
NORD Architecture builds a house for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project in the nuclear landscape of Dungeness. It’s the best yet of this series of modernist holiday homes.