The history of computing isn’t a triumphal progress from Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine to the new MacBook Pro. In his book about vapourware, Paul Atkinson looks at designs that were too ahead of their time, ones that didn’t work, or were even fictional

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Friday, 30 May 2014 14:31

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City

A display of Wright’s thinking about cities, in New York until 1 June, reveals the conflicts and convictions of his urbanism, says Aileen Kwun

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Monday, 19 May 2014 11:20

Pipe dreams: Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, derelict for more than 30 years, has been called a graveyard of architectural visions. Christopher Turner visits the practices responsible for some of these fantastical, unrealised schemes – by John Outram, Nicholas Grimshaw, Ron Arad and Terry Farrell – and talks to Wilkinson Eyre about its latest ideas

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 01:00

Soviet film posters

A collection of 1920s film posters displays bold techniques of montage – and a surprising reliance on painting, says Agata Pyzik

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Monday, 14 April 2014 09:00

Stephen Willats at Raven Row

An exhibition of the conceptual artist’s early, design-influenced work includes some surprisingly appealing objects, says Fatema Ahmed

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:09

Frei Otto’s Arctic City

Frei Otto’s proposal to house 40,000 people under a 2km dome in the Arctic Circle reflected the zeitgeist of the 1970s – a concern about the ecological future combined with the promise of a better tomorrow.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:25

Icon 130: Unmade

In this issue we asked architects and designers to share the projects that never made it off the drawing board. We also look at the many schemes that have been proposed for Battersea Power Station. We revisit Frei Otto’s 1970 plan for a domed city in the Arctic, and there’s a short history of vapourware – computer products that were prototyped and hyped, but never went into production.

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