It's not news that the Centre Pompidou wasn't the beloved high-tech classic it is today, but Richard Rogers might not have been prepared for quite the level of reaction he got from the locals.
The housing crisis is forcing people to live in ever more cramped conditions, but history teaches us that well-designed homes and public spaces are the bedrock of a civilised society
In the Home issue, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more
Wim Wenders lets the architecture do the talking in his latest series of documentaries about landmark buildings. It's just a shame the buildings don't have a better script, says Isabel Stevens
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' most recent addition to the City of London's skyline is surprisingly sensitive at ground level for a building that needs to pay its own way, says Douglas Murphy
Our October issue, available from 5 September, looks at the V&A's mannequins, Tate Britain's robots, Rogers' British Museum extension and the politics of designing the 9/11 museum exhibits
During London Design Festival, 100% design welcomed more than 27,000 visitors over four days at Earls Court in London, and this year expanded into both exhibition halls. Here are three of Icon’s highlights from the show.
The contradictions that run through the Royal Academy’s retrospective sum up the architect perfectly, says Charles Holland.
September is the biggest month in London’s design calendar and this month we bring you the biggest ever edition of Icon – on Shopping. 6A Architects has designed a flagship store for Paul Smith and Zaha Hadid is moving into retail. We explore Amazon’s gargantuan distribution sheds, talk to Industrial Facility and ask how the British High Street can survive. And the Icon Design Trail brings you the best of LDF.
Richard Rogers has always urged people to consider the dialogue between structures in a cityscape, rather than just individual buildings – an interest that can be traced back to his mother’s arrangements of ceramic pots that occupy a central space in his home
Frank Gehry's second Maggie’s Centre is an intimate building inspired by Chinese design, overlooking gardens created by Lily Jencks
Icon is ten years old this month! For this special “collectors” issue, we asked Paul Smith, Richard Rogers, Amanda Levete, Sebastian Bergne, Madelon Vriesendorp, Peter Marigold and David Rockwell to show us their private collections of objects that influence their work. And we also invited all our past cover stars, from Maarten Baas to Daniel Libeskind, to complete the Icon psychological test.
Hal Foster turns a spotlight on famous buildings, but pays no heed to their contexts, says Kieran Long.
Today, the space frame lurks quietly behind the skins of buildings by Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as regional shopping centres, but in the 1960s it was central to architects’ visions of utopian megastructures and a future of unlimited expansion.
Peter Eisenman’s vast arts centre is the culmination of a lifetime of ideas, and a fitting end to an era of grand civic building in Europe.
It is a rare thing for an architect to have enjoyed such a close relationship with government, let alone to see his personal ethos turned into policy. As the nation tots up Tony Blair's legacy, Rogers might well consider his small part in it.
Marco Goldschmied, erstwhile partner of Richard Rogers, once told me a story about taking a cab from the airport to Beaubourg in the centre of Paris. When he told the driver that he was one of the architects responsible for the Centre Pompidou, the cabbie abruptly stopped and told him to get out and walk.