Edwin Heathcote, Oliver Wainwright, Catherine Slessor and David Lane will be among those speaking at a series of events in February and March

Published in Comment
Monday, 09 January 2017 15:35

Icon 164: Studio Swine

In our latest issue, we profile London-based duo Studio Swine, design explorers who discover beauty in ocean plastic, human hair and a lost Amazonian city ...

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Monday, 05 December 2016 00:40

Icon 163: Downward curve

In our latest issue, we visit AL_A's beguiling Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, and consider whether the era of gratuitous shapemaking architecture is finally over

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:37

RIBA International Prize shortlist unveiled

The first ever RIBA International Prize celebrates the best of global architecture

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 13 October 2016 11:26

Architects vs housing: a failed relationship

It is the great unspoken truth of architecture, says Edwin Heathcote: when it comes to the buildings that matter most in people’s lives, it has failed

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Curators Ekow Eshun and Will Strong talk to Douglas Murphy about the Calvert Gallery's season exploring the utopian public spaces of the Soviet Union

Published in Features
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:31


The brute is back – on television, on social media, in coffee-table books, even in new buildings. But can we ever recapture the movement’s original spirit, asks Douglas Murphy?

Published in Features
Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:11

New issue – Icon 156: Pomophobia

In our latest issue – out now – John Jervis argues that postmodernism has left London with a pretty turgid legacy, while Hugh Pearman looks back at the greatest hits (and misses) of the inimitable Zaha Hadid

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London Festival of Architecture director Martyn Evans explains why this year’s month-long event will focus on the theme: ‘community’

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Edwin Heathcote remembers the ‘eye-wateringly original’ work of the celebrated architect, who died on 31 March

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:00

5 x 5 designers to redo your home

From interiors and lighting to architecture and landscaping, here’s Icon’s fantasy list for home renovation

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Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Has China radicalised the shopping mall?

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

Published in Comment
Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00

Gothenburg Public Sauna

William Siesjö sweats it out in Raumlabor’s new project, a “bastu” inspired by the harbour’s industrial past – and a place to discuss its future

Published in News
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

When architecture becomes art

Now open to the public, architect Konstantin Melnikov’s Moscow home was at the heart of a bitter ownership dispute that pitted its use as a residence against its value as a cultural artefact, says Charles Holland

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

Vertical Itaim, São Paulo, by Marcio Kogan

An elegant residential tower in the central of the Brazilian city offers a much-needed model for smarter urban living in a city choked by traffic, sprawl and inflated prices, says Saul Taylor

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In the lead-up to Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, we indulge in all things Scandi in our latest issue – examining everything from the enduring appeal of the region's furniture to the developers flying the flag for good design

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Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

Harbin Opera House

Ma Yansong’s extraordinary cultural complex in the Chinese city emerges from the wetlands of the Songhua river like a coiled reptile, says Julian Worrall. And it only gets more life-like the closer you get ...

Published in Features
Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00

DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2015

Deutches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
30 January – 8 May 2016

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The housing crisis is forcing people to live in ever more cramped conditions, but history teaches us that well-designed homes and public spaces are the bedrock of a civilised society

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

5 archi-cult hotels you should know

Planning your next holiday yet? Here is Icon’s selection of five great buildings where every architecture fanatic would surely want to rest their head, from an inn by Kengo Kuma to an art-lover’s paradise in Provençe

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