Very few children in the West today are unfamiliar with Lego's plastic building blocks, designed in the 1950s
Here, we pick some of the most intriguing events at the festival, from Lego-based building techniques to a modern take on cartography
For his first building, the artist Olafur Eliasson has created a brick office-cum-castle for Denmark’s Lego dynasty. Rising out of a former industrial dock, it is a dizzying, dreamlike masterpiece
Charles Holland enjoys a witty take on the eternal Lego question – is it better to ignore the instructions?
To celebrate our 100th issue, Icon will present an exhibition during the London Design Festival showing remakes of Lego's Architectural Classics series by some of the most exciting architects in London. In the accompanying café, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own Lego models which will be displayed alongside those by Foster, Adjaye, Make, FAT and others.
David Rockwell’s Imagination Playground in lower Manhattan aims to get kids designing and building for themselves. So how do you go about creating creativity without telling kids what to do?
Lego has a series of models reproducing “classic” works of architecture: Fallingwater, the Empire State Building and so on. But the fun of the toy is that you can make anything you like. So what happens when you give these models to some leading British architects to remake?
It is no coincidence that Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller were all taught in kindergartens, the school system that introduced building blocks into educational play.
For our "Toys" issue, London architects Make turn Lego’s Fallingwater kit into an organic tree-like structure that “conveys vitality and growth.” Watch the time-lapse video here.
There are 62 Lego bricks for every person on the planet, and that includes the one you step on with bare feet in the middle of the night. Another 564 bricks are manufactured every second.