Alternative Histories is a new exhibition of models and drawings that asks contemporary architects to reimagine work of the past

Published in News

Fragments of memory are the central theme in an exhibition of ink drawings and sculptures

Published in Architecture

The collective's shortlisting for the prestigious art prize demonstrates an audacity that the architecture profession is conspicuously lacking, says Sam Jacob

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 12:37

The Apple Watch: What do you think?

The media reaction to yesterday's announcements by the tech giant has centred around its cost and impending obsolescence. But we want to know what you think about the gadget's design?

Published in Comment
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:05

Photoshop turns 25

In the decades since it was first released, Thomas Knoll's digital darkroom has become a brand, a verb and a defining symbol of our image-led culture, says Sam Jacob

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00

Wearable technologies

The Apple Watch is the latest wearable internet technology with the capability to monitor the user's heart rate and activity levels. As our bodies dissolve further into the network, are these devices just tracking our health or do they herald something darker? Sam Jacob investigates

Published in Features
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:29

Icon 137: Sport

Out on 3 October, our November issue looks at wearable tech, Singapore's national stadium, prosthetics and the politics of sporting legacy

Published in Comment
Monday, 28 July 2014 01:00

The sitcom couch

To mark the launch of a new design magazine, Dirty Furniture, which takes the couch as its inaugural theme, Sam Jacob looks at the role of sofa in sitcom

Published in Features
Thursday, 03 July 2014 10:21

Icon 134: Venice Biennale

Icon’s latest issue, available from 3 July, features in-depth analysis of the Venice Biennale, from the story behind the British pavilion by its curator Sam Jacob to a Japanese architectural detective agency. Read a full list of contents and subscribe to the magazine here

Published in Comment

This year’s British Pavilion was FAT’s final project. Here, founding director Sam Jacob recalls how the practice trawled archives and attics to piece together the history of British modernism, and attempt to reclaim it for the present day

Published in Features
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:00

The end of the high street

The traditional heart of British retail is dead. Rather than artificially resuscitating it with low taxes and cheap parking, we need to reinvent our town centres as more than places to buy stuff, says Sam Jacob

Published in Features
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 01:00

Paris by Night

AWP's exhibition shows how the hours of darkness have become an urban space in their own right. Most illuminating, says Sam Jacob

Published in Review

MCA Chicago’s ambitious exhibition leaves Sam Jacob in no doubt about how little we can hope to know about the buildings we inhabit.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 10:57

Geek Orthodox: the Apple store religion

Apple stores are not only filled with devout followers, they are loaded with the symbolism and rituals of cathedrals. Has the company's curious mix of Californian hippydom and hyper-capitalism finally turned it into a world religion?

Published in Features
Monday, 23 April 2012 14:51


Equipped with nicotine cartridges in various flavours and a screw-in battery pack, Skycig smokeless cigarettes promise a “perfect alternative to traditional cigs”. But can an electronic stick really replace the rituals and sensations associated with smoking? Here’s our review.

Published in Review
Thursday, 01 March 2012 14:37

Six of the Best: Sam Jacob

What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.

Published in Features
Thursday, 11 August 2011 12:46

Real and fake in China

China is the epicentre of copying, from knock-off handbags to the Venetian Macao hotel – itself a copy of an imitation. But this industrious fakery can be more than mere kitsch. It is creative, modern and raises questions about the value of originality.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:23


In the decades since it was first released, Thomas Knoll’s digital darkroom has become a brand, a verb and a defining symbol of our image-led culture

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:37

Architecture as Horrorshow

By dressing themselves in outscale vernacular references, big box supermarkets in the suburban hinterland inhabit the same psychotic territory as serial killer Ed Gein.

Published in Features
Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:32

The Raoul Moat Manhunt

July’s massive police operation to track down a fleeing gunman created, via the media, a fascinating emotional landscape.

Published in Review
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