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.
Data centres are the vast storehouses of all our digital traffic, yet security concerns dictate that they remain anonymous: featureless boxes unmarked by corporate logos and hidden in the landscape.
David Chipperfield’s second major UK gallery in as many months sits in the river Calder like a fortress, but is a modest and thoughtful building.
David Chipperfield’s ice-cool Turner Contemporary is a symbol of calm and order, quietly resisting the pounding waves of the North Sea and drawing in the light from Margate’s stormy skies. Which is a small miracle, given the troubled history of the project.
Museums and schools dominate the shortlist for British architecture’s biggest honour, as David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Rick Mather, DSDHA, dRMM and Theis and Khan square up.
David Chipperfield co-curates an impressively refreshing Architecture room with projects formalistically arranged.
Jürgen Mayer H's first private commission, the Dupli Casa, appears to have liquefied around the edges.