At next month’s conference, architects and urbanists will discuss how the profession should help shape the cities of the future

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Forty years ago, poverty, crime and de-industrialisation nearly killed off the West’s major cities. Today, an abundance of cash threatens to do a similar thing

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Monday, 27 February 2017 03:03

Icon 166: The city issue

In our latest issue, Santiago Calatrava unveils plans for a major new development in London, while Tom Dyckhoff asks if cash has killed the city

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Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

Rem Koolhaas on urban mobility

The architect talks to Peter Smisek about how transport will shape the cities of the future, and why total connectivity might not be as desirable as it sounds

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

Johannesburg: Arrival city

Movement, a recently-launched trio of books, explores the forces that have shaped and continue to shape South African cities. Here, editor Zahira Asmal outlines the effect of the gold rush – then and now

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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

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From our cities to our homes, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf considers the increasing irrelevance of humans in the continual and independent interaction between objects

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

'Cities are the solution, not the problem'

Dytopian visions of our urban future ignore the progress being made by well-designed and well-managed cities in tackling social and environmental problems, argues the director of LSE Cities Ricky Burdett

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Atelier Albania – or how to redesign a country

An unlikely government agency, involving a Belgian design studio and a Rotterdam research institute, is hoping to restore order to Tirana after decades of architectural anarchy

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Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

London vernacular: A capital offence

A new London vernacular has emerged over the past five years – but is the moral laziness it represents an omen for the city’s future?

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Douglas Coupland: Public liabilities

These days, there’s more to public art than afflicting parks with random chunks of steel. But even good examples often seem to infuriate more than they inspire, says the novelist and artist

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Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

Bestor’s Blackbirds, Los Angeles

In LA’s Echo Park, architect Barbara Bestor has created a micro neighbourhood of 18 compact family homes clustered around a communal space, which could provide a new model for living in the increasingly congested West Coast city. But is suburban America ready to share? 

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Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson’s ambitious tour of the city in myth, fiction and history veers down some unexpected paths, but Will Wiles is more than happy to tag along

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Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00

Icon 148: Cities

In our latest issue, available from 4 September, we consider the design and architecture that makes a city come to life, from landscaping to outdoor furniture

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00

Competition: Guess the building

Launching on Friday, our upcoming issue features a series of sculptures that reference the forms of significant buildings. For a chance to win two tickets to attend Doughnut: The Outer London Festival, organised by the Architecture Foundation, guess which structure inspired this one

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RIBA, London
9 July – 27 September 2015

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Monday, 13 July 2015 00:00

Chmara.Rosinke: Nomads in residence

Polish duo Maciej Chmara and Ania Rosinke moved to Austria as students, stayed “by coincidence” and have made their home in Vienna. But their work, with its sense of community and DIY aesthetic, explores the restlessness, impermanence and inhospitability of life in modern cities

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

A laboratory for Mexico City

In Mexico City, Gabriella Gomez-Mont’s team is reimagining the megalopolis, with the help of video-game developers, robot designers and the city’s many informal communities. Icon met her at the Future Everything conference in Manchester

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Monday, 02 March 2015 12:41

Uneven Growth

An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York presents a whimsical view of the forces driving change in a diverse range of global cities

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Keiichi Matsuda: Total digital overload

The designer's films offer a glimpse into a nightmarish sci-fi future in which every surface, appliance and inch of peripheral vision fizzes with data – an onslaught that might be just a couple of years away. Designers, he says, must shape this world – or be shaped by it

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