Part investor, part industry-navigator, Map Project Office helps crowdfunded ideas to become a reality. Could this be a model for other studios to follow, asks Will Wiles?

Published in Features
Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

The Ministry of Nostalgia

Owen Hatherley’s latest book examines the 1930s/40s/50s revivalism that has engulfed this country since the financial crisis and delivers a solid kicking to the austerity nostalgia of the left, says Will Wiles

Published in Review
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

Published in Review
Thursday, 25 June 2015 00:00

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

Will Wiles is gripped by an exhibition that exposes the links between art and crime like luminol on a blood-spattered carpet

Published in Review
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 01:00


For over 60 years, this single company has systematised and shaped designers' notions of colour. So how did that happen?

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


Sometimes it is the unexpected or overlooked that can have the greatest impact. UltraRope is a new carbon-fibre cable for lift shafts that could revolutionise our skylines, and possibly even our journeys through space

Published in Features
Friday, 20 February 2015 12:02

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

There's something nasty in the flatpack furniture store ... Will Wiles enjoys a ghost story with a truly sinister setting

Published in Review
Monday, 27 October 2014 11:19

Tate Britain robots: Night watch

After closing time at Tate Britain, four silent robots move around the galleries. As their flashlights illuminate the walls, an internet audience enjoys a robot's-eye view of 500 years of Old Masters. But this project is not about art – it is about the special power of a museum at night, and the transgressive thrill of being allowed to enter

Published in Features
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:51

Slaughterhouses: Meat is modernism

Slaughterhouses are meant to look anonymous, so rarely is much thought given to their exterior design. Yet those assembly lines of suspended carcasses played a fundamental role in the grisly birth of modern architecture

Published in Features
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:09

Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives

From spaceship airlocks to hotel floor tiles, the director went to painstaking lengths to create the physical environments of his most famous films, writes Will Wiles

Published in Review
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:59

Rem Koolhaas: Junkspace

In 2001, Rem Koolhaas put a name to the soulless, mallified space that was spreading virus-like across the planet. His rambling, witty essay still serves as a powerful lament for modern architecture.

Published in NEWS

For their  exhibition at the Design Museum, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby capture a series of objects during the process of manufacture. The show explores the duo's concerns that society is losing touch with the act of making, as well as the cryptic beauty of half-formed products, says Will Wiles

Published in Features

Lifts changed how classes mixed inside buildings and skyscrapers couldn't exist without them. Will Wiles rides up to the executive suite

Published in Review
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Gavin Stamp

The architectural historian may be closely identified with conservation, but his essays reveal a remarkably flexible outlook, says Will Wiles

Published in Review
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00


Will Wiles marvels at the art of domestic bonsai – even if it is all a bit upstairs-downstairs

Published in Review

While much recent design has been preoccupied with the opportunities presented by new technologies, this Dutch design studio has been thinking ahead to the risks of the future

Published in Features
Sunday, 01 September 2013 01:00

The Alternative Guide to the Universe

The painstaking, at times obsessive, work of self-taught artists and inventors presents a poignant vision of the future says Will Wiles

Published in Review
Friday, 09 August 2013 14:44

United Micro Kingdoms

Dunne & Raby envisages four futures for the United Kingdom, each displaying a different attitude to technology. Will Wiles considers the options.

Published in Review
Friday, 28 June 2013 14:30

Collectors: Richard Rogers

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

Published in Features
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:58

Interview: Sou Fujimoto

The architect of the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion talks to Icon about the qualities of clouds, the integration of landscapes and buildings and his quest for serendipity.

Published in News
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