China's infamous copycat cities are to be banned, paving the way for the country to develop confidence in its own architectural talent.
As climate catastrophe looms, the interdependence of the urban and rural worlds has never been starker. The countryside can no longer be dismissed as a bastion of tradition - it is where the future is taking place, finds Edwin Heathcote.
Propaganda Posters were a vital way of instilling the values of the new order after the Civil War in China, but they quickly diverged from the socialist realist template
Ou Ning is more than an artist - he's a unique voice in modern China. He talks work, the rural reconstruction movement, and life in a megacity
In this issue, we explore the global politics of Chinese eco-cities. Plus Ou Ning, Shanghai deco, propaganda posters and the V&A in Shenzhen
Ahead of his talk at Design Shanghai tomorrow, the British designer spoke to Icon about his design philosophy and his connection to China
Xintiandi, home to a two-week design festival at this year’s Design Shanghai, laid the ground for a new wave of developments that mix retail, cafes and public space
The leading Asian design event takes place again in March with top names and global brands, as well as a new two-week festival
Over the past 20 years, the mall has become a mainstay of east Asia’s explosive drive towards urbanisation. But architect Nicholas Jewell, author of a book about shopping malls in China, questions how much the typology has really changed
In our latest issue we look at the past, present and future of travel, making the journey from London to outer space, via China
The world’s most populated city is style-conscious and knows how to do chic. Here we pick a few sights, spaces and sensations it would be a shame to miss
One of the country’s most innovative female musicians and cultural stars is determined to see “Made in China” become “Created in China”
Denmark believes Shanghai is taking over from Hong Kong as Asia’s design hub and it is determined to play a part in that
The FFC – an area heavy with history – has been attracting young, entrepreneurial and multinational creatives
From product launches to bespoke installations and collectible design, here’s what Icon is looking forward to at this year’s fair, as well as a closer look at the young Chinese brands taking the country by storm