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.
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.
The young Finnish designer’s curiosity about materials, and confidence in using them, has already resulted in a diverse portfolio of work.
Whether they are fitting out a Savile Row shop or adapting a grade I-listed house, London duo 6a Architects take a radical approach to history and conservation, cherry-picking elements of the past to weave into new narratives
Makers with Agendas is a new company formed by three designers who want to educate consumers through its designs, photography and research. Julien De Smedt, one of the co-founders, tells us more about his goals.
Ole Scheeren and OMA have teamed up to design a luxury residential block in Singapore that borrows aesthetically from post-war housing’’’
During London Design Festival, 100% design welcomed more than 27,000 visitors over four days at Earls Court in London, and this year expanded into both exhibition halls. Here are three of Icon’s highlights from the show.
For Matali Crasset, all design is social. Running through her work – from furniture to hotels to a beach library near Marseille – is a determination to introduce people to new things and to transform their experience of the everyday.
It's like a little family of buildings, and in a way we've added one more to thatStanton Williams marks Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a sensitive and stately addition to the composer’s Suffolk farmhouse.
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.
Olafur Eliasson and landscape architect Günther Vogt have created an artwork at the headquarters of Kvadrat that recalls earlier times and a much colder climate.
This collection of essays and interviews sheds much-needed light on an era of radical sociopolitical change, says Steve Parnell.
Sou Fujimoto places a typically ingenious family house with a dramatic sloping roof on a tricky suburban site.
Is a life-sized version of Barbie’s house harmless wish-fulfilment or the stuff of nightmares? Agata Pyzik thinks pink …
Created 50 years ago at Stanford, this point-and-click device named after the common rodent was a visionary invention, developed long before the internet even existed
Over the past 50 years, São Paulo’s architects have developed a distinctive concrete modernism that is at once monumental and intimate – solid as a fortress, but inviting everybody in. Among the city’s endless skyscrapers, it has resulted in some of the liveliest public spaces on Earth.
Sou Fujimoto’s structure in Kensington Gardens leaves us yearning for more permanent realisations of his utopian architectural vision
The Croatian artist’s work flirts with post-socialist melancholia, but moves beyond the usual clichés, says Douglas Murphy.