This year’s event in Cape Town again successfully melded together design superstars with emerging practitioners, but its growing global reputation holds risks as well as opportunities, says John Jervis
Winy Maas, a founder of Dutch firm MVRDV, believes in the kind of high-density urban living only skyscrapers can provide. He talks to Icon about his love of ”intensity architecture” and explains how the pixel will help architects reconcile individuals to collective living
In this issue Icon talks to Adrian Smith, chief architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Smith has been designing skyscrapers for 44 years and is working on an even taller tower in Saudi Arabia. Winy Maas of MVRDV tells us about his pixel towers project, and we take in the view from Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Plus: the latest Scandinavian designs in this month’s design report.