A string of publicly engaged projects, including the revamp of Helsinki's Glass Palace, show how Finnish architects still embrace the humane modernist values of the nation's undisputed master

Published in Features
Friday, 05 January 2018 14:53

Selling Germany: Design as Propaganda

Was Germany's postwar modernism ever more than a weapon in Cold War politics?

Published in Features
Thursday, 04 January 2018 17:39

Ian Nairn: Modern Buildings in London

This heady, informative guide shows Nairn at the pithy peak of his powers, before disillusionment and drink began to blunt his prose

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 15:59

The Getty Center: Meier's masterpiece at 20

The institution’s travertine fortress is Richard Meier’s magnum opus – the perfect embodiment of a contemplative approach to culture now vanished

Published in Icon of the Month

Daniel Bruce writes about and photographs the stylish, angular buildings from the period of New Khmer Architecture

Published in GALLERY

Curator Marie Bak Mortensen discusses the two proposals for the Mansion House site in the City of London, and what the designs revealed about the architectural climate of their times

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Owen Hopkins provides a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroising that blight our understanding of modernist architecture, says John Jervis

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The ‘Kagan look’ took mid-century modern design and added organic forms, a sense of joy – and even comfort. No wonder he is so often overlooked, says John Jervis

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 17 February 2017 00:35

MoMA exhibition review: How Should We Live?

Women designers have been all but written out of the history of modernism, but now an ambitious show at MoMA aims to set the record straight. Claire Barliant finds out if it succeeds

Published in Review
Friday, 21 October 2016 11:28

Music and modernity

Punk was not invented on the King’s Road. Its true significance is as part of the wider 20th-century artistic avant-garde – which continues to shape music, architecture and design to this day

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Owen Williams’s modernist Peckham health centre closed in 1950, but its emphasis on self-reliance and wholesome pursuits still appeals to a diverse audience of politicians, anarchists and healers, says Debika Ray

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:31

#BRUTALISM

The brute is back – on television, on social media, in coffee-table books, even in new buildings. But can we ever recapture the movement’s original spirit, asks Douglas Murphy?

Published in Features
Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:47

Icon 157: Pop modernism

Available now, our latest issue explores the urban environments that spawned punk on both sides of the Atlantic and features a cover designed by legendary graphic designer Malcolm Garrett

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Artist Jessie Brennan spent time with the residents of the Smithsons’ brutalist estate to explore the human impact of the political battle over its regeneration. Here, she discusses her experience

Published in Comment
Monday, 02 November 2015 00:00

Socialist holiday architecture in Croatia

Holidays after the Fall, an exhibition in Vienna, examines the vacation complexes built along the Adriatic coast in the 60s and 70s – and their fate after the collapse of Yugoslavia

Published in GALLERY

Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism, writes Charles Holland

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

Anything but complacent

Icon 149 looks at Essex’s modernist tradition, but in its approach to housing the borough has proved its radical credentials since the early 20th century, says Gillian Darley

Published in Features
Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

The lasting appeal of modernist Essex

In our latest issue, Home, 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

Published in News
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

Published in Comment
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

Center Parcs: The paradise machine

Center Parcs has become a commercial phenomenon since the first camp opened nearly 50 years ago. But it still owes much to the original vision of the “villa in the forest” – an unlikely fusion of Dutch modernist ideals and Catholic moral conservatism

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