The Design Museum inaugurates its new home next week with Fear and Love, an exhibition of 11 installations by world-renowned design practices. Chief curator Justin McGuirk told us more.

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Friday, 27 June 2014 15:30

Torre David: Gran Horizonte

Photographer Iwan Baan spent six years documenting the lives of the 750 families who squat an abandoned 45-storey tower in Caracas, Venezuela, now a vertical slum

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A tour of informal settlements from Rio to Caracas shows cities being reclaimed in remarkable ways, says Debika Ray. But are they a viable template for the future?

Published in Review
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:26

São Paulo: Edge city

On this drive-by portrait of Brazil's largest city, Justin McGuirk takes us on a tour around the sprawling metropolis, exploring the ring of social housing and favelas around it – a vast area from which many residents faced eviction as the country prepared to host the 2014 football World Cup

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:55

Chipperfield on the Venice Biennale 2012

With the Venice Architecture Biennale fast approaching, director David Chipperfield talks to Icon about his plans for the festival, which has the theme Common Ground.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:30

Chipperfield on the Venice Biennale

With the Venice Architecture Biennale fast approaching, director David Chipperfield talks to Icon about his plans for the festival, which has the theme Common Ground.

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Monday, 06 August 2012 09:15

Icon 111: Restless Cities

In our September issue, Restless Cities, we look at cities in flux and on the edge. Icon talks to David Harvey, the author of Rebel Cities; Geoff Manaugh writes about what US military planners have in mind for so-called "feral cities", Justin McGuirk takes a road trip round São Paulo, and Debika Ray wonders if a plan to found "Charter Cities" – privately funded new cities in the developing world – could ever work.

Published in Comment
Friday, 27 January 2012 14:13

Adjaye Africa Architecture

David Adjaye’s seven-volume taxonomy of African cities covers settlements in forests, mountains, grasslands and deserts. But is this huge collection of the architect’s photographs guilty of overlooking the problems of mass urbanisation on this understudied continent?

Published in Review
Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:51

Icon Magazine

“Icon” is not a word to be used lightly on these pages but, on the occasion of our hundredth issue, somehow it seemed appropriate

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Thursday, 18 August 2011 16:42

20/20 Clip Stamp Fold

What kind of architecture magazines do we need in the age of the internet.

Published in Review
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:30

South London Gallery by 6a Architects

The Victorian terrace house on Peckham Road had been empty for years. It was a derelict shell adjoined to a grand piece of civic Victoriana.

Published in Features
Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:25

Rebranding Britain

What does England” 
mean today? That would be the question facing any designer looking to reinvent our national symbol.

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Thursday, 04 August 2011 09:17

Form, Function, Beauty = Gestalt

Max Bill, the modernists’ modernist, was dogmatic, moralistic, high-minded and anti just about everything – but we could use a few more like him.

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 15:43

Doug Aitken demolishes house

“I decided to choreograph the demolition,” says artist Doug Aitken, who recently knocked down his home – with his parents inside it.

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 14:56

Villa Nurbs by Enric Ruiz-Geli

Tim Burton meets Jacques Tati at the house of the future.

Published in Features
Friday, 09 July 2010 10:56

Cape Town

Nestled between the sea and Table Mountain, Cape Town Stadium has one of the most dramatic locations of any in the world.

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Friday, 09 July 2010 10:31

Mud Mosque

It begins with a photograph. It’s a blow-up of a faded colour picture of the Great Mosque at Djenné, in Mali, from some time in the mid-20th century.

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Friday, 09 July 2010 08:43

Profile: Francis Kéré

Africa's extraordinary rising star.

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Thursday, 08 July 2010 12:34

SANAA's Rolex Learning Centre

Walking through the Rolex Learning Centre is like being inside a pinball machine. The building summons you on circuitous routes, propelling you around islands and dropping you into holes.

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Conversation between architect Alejandro Aravena, filmmaker Gary Hustwit, designer Christien Meindertsma and journalist Bruce Nussbaum, moderated by Justin McGuirk, during Design Indaba, Cape Town, 26 February 2010.

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