Propaganda Posters were a vital way of instilling the values of the new order after the Civil War in China, but they quickly diverged from the socialist realist template

Published in Features
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:28

Ou Ning: An Artist Profile

Ou Ning is more than an artist - he's a unique voice in modern China. He talks work, the rural reconstruction movement, and life in a megacity

Published in Architecture

In this issue, we explore the global politics of Chinese eco-cities. Plus Ou Ning, Shanghai deco, propaganda posters and the V&A in Shenzhen

Published in Comment

Ahead of his talk at Design Shanghai tomorrow, the British designer spoke to Icon about his design philosophy and his connection to China

Published in News
Monday, 27 February 2017 15:12

Is China finally ditching the mega mall?

Xintiandi, home to a two-week design festival at this year’s Design Shanghai, laid the ground for a new wave of developments that mix retail, cafes and public space

Published in Features
Monday, 27 February 2017 14:50

Design Shanghai returns

The leading Asian design event takes place again in March with top names and global brands, as well as a new two-week festival

Published in News
Monday, 20 February 2017 15:23

Design Shanghai

Shanghai Exhibition Centre
8 March — 11 March 2017

Published in Diary
Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Has China radicalised the shopping mall?

Over the past 20 years, the mall has become a mainstay of east Asia’s explosive drive towards urbanisation. But architect Nicholas Jewell, author of a book about shopping malls in China, questions how much the typology has really changed

Published in Comment
Friday, 04 March 2016 00:00

New issue – Icon 154: Travel special

In our latest issue we look at the past, present and future of travel, making the journey from London to outer space, via China

Published in Comment
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Shanghai city guide

The world’s most populated city is style-conscious and knows how to do chic. Here we pick a few sights, spaces and sensations it would be a shame to miss

Published in News
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Dadawa in Shanghai

One of the country’s most innovative female musicians and cultural stars is determined to see “Made in China” become “Created in China”

Published in News
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Denmark in Shanghai

Denmark believes Shanghai is taking over from Hong Kong as Asia’s design hub and it is determined to play a part in that

Published in News
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Former French Concession, Shanghai

The FFC – an area heavy with history – has been attracting young, entrepreneurial and multinational creatives

Published in News
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Preview: Design Shanghai

From product launches to bespoke installations and collectible design, here’s what Icon is looking forward to at this year’s fair, as well as a closer look at the young Chinese brands taking the country by storm

Published in News
Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

Harbin Opera House

Ma Yansong’s extraordinary cultural complex in the Chinese city emerges from the wetlands of the Songhua river like a coiled reptile, says Julian Worrall. And it only gets more life-like the closer you get ...

Published in Features
Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

Design Shanghai

Shanghai Exhibition Centre
9-12 March

Published in Diary
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 00:00

Shenzhen Biennale

The architecture and urbanism festival calls for an end to the relentless churn of construction and challenges our thinking about city-making, but does it offer solutions for the future of its host city, asks Debika Ray?

Published in Review

Ahead of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture next week, the event’s co-curator, Alfredo Brillembourg of architecture practice Urban Think Tank, explains the continuing significance of China

Published in Comment

From Ikea’s Mia Lundström to the Chinese president, these people are set to change the way we think and work – so you’d best keep an eye on their next moves ...

Published in Comment
Monday, 09 November 2015 00:00

Taikoo Li, Chengdu

The retail mega-project shuns the sterile indoor mall in favour of a low-density streetscape and Make’s elegant brick hotel, says John Jervis

Published in News
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