Icon interviewed Will Wright, veteran computer games designer and the creator of SimCity and The Sims, for our February issue. Here is the full transcript of that interview, which appeared in the magazine in condensed form.
Tokyo’s design week felt at times like a pseudo Bavarian Christmas market this year. Geared towards shopping, it has grown in size and sprawl, but for those with a flair for navigation there was some engaging work to be found.
I have decided to retreat into my usual role of observer and call in the help of three activists I admire immensely: an “architecture dissident”, a fashion renegade and an engineer, all of whom explore socio-technical changes through design and art.
A deafening barrage of heavy artillery fire interspersed with the crackle of machine guns fills the air around the Bergen-Belsen Memorial.The scrubby heath landscape of the Lüneberger Heide region can be dour at the best of times, but in the weak winter light under a rain-bloated sky in early
Aranda/Lasch may be the only architects around to use a pseudonym. Under their own names, young New Yorkers Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch enter architecture competitions and design experimental furniture. As Terraswarm, they look for code.
Florence Doléac is waving a hand in the air. “I feel completely amused by situations I see. Everything is strange to me, but I feel fine in this reality. It’s enough fictional, enough absurd, enough crazy.”