The weaponisation of suburban gardening turns autumn into a season of red mist for Edwin Heathcote

Published in Crimes Against Design
Monday, 16 January 2017 10:05

Smoking Guns: Illustrating the Sixties

An exhibition in London reveals the colourful, seductive artwork that emerged just before photography replaced drawings in magazines

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 13 October 2016 11:26

Architects vs housing: a failed relationship

It is the great unspoken truth of architecture, says Edwin Heathcote: when it comes to the buildings that matter most in people’s lives, it has failed

Published in Features
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 11:15

Serpentine Pavilions: best and worst

As Julia Peyton-Jones steps aside after sixteen years of commissioning the Serpentine Pavilion, Edwin Heathcote ranks his ten favourites of the series of annual pop-ups – and picks out two major blunders

Published in Comment
Friday, 04 March 2016 00:00

Len Lye Centre

It’s all about the facade at this New Zealand art gallery, but that doesn’t make it superficial. Its value lies in what it reflects – and what it conceals, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Features
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

Galina Balashova

One architect defined the look of the whole Soviet space programme, from its logos to its satellites. Edwin Heathcote is fascinated by her personal archive

Published in Review
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

Garage Museum by OMA

Rem Koolhaas mixes preservation and provocation in Moscow, turning a Soviet-era workers’ canteen into a contemporary art space, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in News
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

Reading design

While there has long been a vast archive of critical writing about architecture, design in general has been somewhat neglected – until now. Icon contributor Edwin Heathcote explains his latest project

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Frank Gehry: Frank as ever

At 85, Gehry has completed one of his finest buildings, the Dr Chau Chak Wing facility in Sydney. In laconic mood, the architect talks candidly to Edwin Heathcote about the role of art in his work, the dangers of architectural egotism, and why he used to think Frank Lloyd Wright was a fascist

Published in Features
Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:00

Miliband, Cameron and kitchen politics

The lead up to today's British general election has revealed that no other room expresses more fully a family's taste and values – which is why politicians want to be seen mug in hand and why commentators search for meaning in Ed Miliband's lino, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Comment
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:05

The selfie stick

It is the perfect symbol of a narcissistic, social-media-obsessed society that doesn't even realise what terrible photos it's taking, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Crimes Against Design
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:39

Kitchen politics

Last week's fuss over Ed Miliband's home made clear that the kitchen is now the principal representational space of the house – a room that expresses the taste, aspirations and status of a family, but is actually less used for cooking and eating than ever before, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Comment
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

The Internet of Things

Is it worth sacrificing control of our lives just so the fridge can order in some more preserved lemons when we run out?

Published in Crimes Against Design
Monday, 24 November 2014 02:00

Miami Design District

Design Miami co-founder Craig Robins has transformed a one-time derelict edge-land into a chic shopping district, but the area's connection to its surroundings remain weak, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in News
Friday, 14 November 2014 13:23

14 November: This week's most-read stories

Rem Koolhaas, poppies and the 9/11 Memorial Museum were among the most popular subjects this week

Published in News
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:02

Occupy Hong Kong and Foster's HSBC HQ

It is a wonderful irony that the mass protests that flared up on the island last week were incubated in the belly of a bank, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Comment
Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:50

3D Printing

Severing the link between design and manufacture will not lead to a revolution of makers. It will leave us in a world full of horrible kitsch

Published in Crimes Against Design
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Claude Parent: Marx and angles

Claude Parent's radical architectural theories – rejecting "bourgeois" verticality for ramped cities and sloped buildings – chimed with the spirit of 1960s Paris. Now, Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition is bringing his work to a new generation, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Features
Friday, 16 May 2014 10:46

David Chipperfield's Museo Jumex

David Chipperfield's first project in Latin America is a crisply detailed, modernist gallery for the region's largest private collection. Behind its travertine walls and sharp-toothed roof, it is also one of the most defiantly public buildings in Mexico City

Published in Features
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:27

Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins' redevelopment of the Liverpool landmark is serious, thoughtful and already feels like an established part of the city

Published in News
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