Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Claude Parent: Marx and angles

Claude Parent's radical architectural theories – rejecting "bourgeois" verticality for ramped cities and sloped buildings – chimed with the spirit of 1960s Paris. Now, Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition is bringing his work to a new generation, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in Features

The Japan pavilion’s take on the theme of “Absorbing Modernity” focuses on a period in the 1970s when, with the country rushing into the free-market future, a group of architects turned instead to the vanishing past, says Julian Worrall

Published in Features
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:08

Interview: Ole Scheeren

Ole Scheeren, one of architecture’s brightest talents, left OMA in 2010 ago to found his own practice. He talked to Icon about CCTV, his plans for more Asian towers, and his first realised project: a floating cinema in a picturesque bay in Thailand

Published in Features

The recipient of this year’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale tells Christopher Turner about her influential career and why she thinks architecture is at an extraordinary moment

Published in Features
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
Friday, 16 May 2014 11:41

Profile: Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero, who once worked for Rem Koolhaas, is married to the daughter of the richest man in the world, for whom he built the Soumaya museum in Mexico City. With several big projects in the works, he is now planning a charter city to be built from scratch in Latin America

Published in Features

Like Nathaniel Kahn, Tomas Koolhaas has made a film about his father, the celebrated architect, but this is no intimate family portrait – Rem himself gets only a supporting role. Instead, Tomas turns his lens on the buildings themselves and the lives taking place in and around them

Published in Features
Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:23

De Rotterdam by OMA

OMA’s massive wall of cantilevered tower blocks is a curious addition to a city already awash with empty office space.

Published in News
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:40

Seattle Public Library

Rem Koolhaas’s riot of stacked glass boxes may not be entirely respectful towards its neighbours, but, says Edwin Heathcote, it is one of the most daringly democratic buildings of the early 21st century. 

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:49

Welcome to ZHA World

Hadid, who recently opened a huge shopping complex in Beijing and launched a sculptural shoe, has had a prolific year. Brand Zaha is now a formidable, swooshing global force.

Published in Features
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:36

Icon 124: Shopping

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. 

 

Published in NEWS
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:30

United Nations Redesign

A Dutch team led by Hella Jongerius is redesigning the room where the world’s biggest decisions are made.

Published in News
Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:57

Metabolism, the City of the Future

A tale of postwar visionaries has a lot to say to post-earthquake Japan, says Julian Worrall.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:34

New York Grid

In 1811, the Commissioners’ Plan for New York presented a revolutionary document, a map depicting 12 avenues and
155 cross streets, better known as the Manhattan street grid, which made possible the city we know today.

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:46

OMA/Progress

A chaotic displays help Rem Koolhaas avoid sentimental retrospection, says Edwin Heathcote.

Published in Review
Thursday, 02 February 2012 00:00

Profile: Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan is a global nomad, restlessly travelling the world documenting new projects by the world’s most distinguished architects. Last year, he clocked up 190,000 air miles shooting projects by Herzog & de Meuron, OMA and Steven Holl, among others. Here are the stories behind Baan’s best shots of 2011.

Published in GALLERY
Friday, 30 September 2011 12:53

Inside OMA

There is no practice on the planet quite like Rem Koolhaas’ OMA

Published in Features
Thursday, 18 August 2011 16:59

Dubai High

Michael Schindhelm’s year in charge of the Gulf city’s cultural life inspires a harrowing tale.

Published in Review
Monday, 08 November 2010 09:31

Venice Biennale 2010

As the 2010 Biennale winds up over in Venice, Kieran Long asks where the old-fashioned troublemaking was in Kazuyo Sejima’s good-taste, tranquilising exhibition.

Published in Review
Friday, 16 July 2010 08:49

Sex and the City 2

The shopping-and-sisterhood blockbuster is a vitally important text on the commodification of the city. And shoes.

Published in Review
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