The collective's shortlisting for the prestigious art prize demonstrates an audacity that the architecture profession is conspicuously lacking, says Sam Jacob
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?
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
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
Out on 3 October, our November issue looks at wearable tech, Singapore's national stadium, prosthetics and the politics of sporting legacy
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
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
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
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
AWP's exhibition shows how the hours of darkness have become an urban space in their own right. Most illuminating, says Sam Jacob
MCA Chicago’s ambitious exhibition leaves Sam Jacob in no doubt about how little we can hope to know about the buildings we inhabit.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
By dressing themselves in outscale vernacular references, big box supermarkets in the suburban hinterland inhabit the same psychotic territory as serial killer Ed Gein.
July’s massive police operation to track down a fleeing gunman created, via the media, a fascinating emotional landscape.
Sam Jacob discovers Barbra Streisand has “intense relationships with furniture” in her new book My Passion for Design, an ode to kitsch recreations and unrestrained antiquing that's part romcom, part confessional horror movie.
Icon presents two talks during Clerkenwell Design Week (24-26 May) that explore the theme of copying: a meditation on fakes inspired by visits to far-flung recreations of Venice and a library of cinematic MacGuffins – props that serve as plot devices in movies – created on 3D printers.