Artist Jessie Brennan spent time with the residents of the Smithsons’ brutalist estate to explore the human impact of the political battle over its regeneration. Here, she discusses her experience

Published in Comment
Monday, 02 November 2015 00:00

Socialist holiday architecture in Croatia

Holidays after the Fall, an exhibition in Vienna, examines the vacation complexes built along the Adriatic coast in the 60s and 70s – and their fate after the collapse of Yugoslavia

Published in GALLERY

Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism, writes Charles Holland

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

Anything but complacent

Icon 149 looks at Essex’s modernist tradition, but in its approach to housing the borough has proved its radical credentials since the early 20th century, says Gillian Darley

Published in Features
Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

The lasting appeal of modernist Essex

In the Home issue, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more

Published in News
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

Published in Comment
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

Center Parcs: The paradise machine

Center Parcs has become a commercial phenomenon since the first camp opened nearly 50 years ago. But it still owes much to the original vision of the “villa in the forest” – an unlikely fusion of Dutch modernist ideals and Catholic moral conservatism

Published in Features
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

The miniature chair

The modernist dream has gone badly awry when the only way to make good design “affordable” is to render it entirely pointless

Published in Crimes Against Design
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:47

The Non Conformist chair

Few objects show Eileen Gray’s playful, human approach to modernism better than this asymmetrical chair – an elegant response to the restlessness of a seated figure

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00

Team 10 East

Eastern Europe’s dissenters against the Corbusian orthodoxy have been unjustly overlooked, finds Agata Pyzik

Published in Review
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Morag Myerscough

The graphic artist and placemaker reveals her plan to move an icon of postwar Californian modernism to north London and fill it with Mexican folk art and Barry White albums ...

Published in Five Most Wanted
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Icon 145: Leisure

Our new issue (out on 4 June) celebrates the arrival of summer, with FAT and Grayson Perry’s House for Essex, Ooze Architects’ King’s Cross swimming pond, the surprising modernist history of Center Parcs and Bruno Drummond’s Cedric Price-inspired photo essay

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:48

The architecture of London Zoo

The history of London Zoo's architecture is a record of our changing attitudes to nature and animal welfare, as grand aesthetic statements have been replaced by unobtrusive habitats that create the illusion of freedom and authenticity, says Charles Holland

Published in Features

An exhibition of modernist architecture traces the triumphs and contradictions of post-colonial nation-building in central and sub-Saharan Africa

Published in GALLERY
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

Autoban

The Turkish duo say their modernist hotels and restaurants have shaken up Istanbul social life. Now they are coming to London

Published in News
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:58

Alvar Aalto: Second Nature

A superb exhibition in Weil am Rhein dispels the myth of Aalto as a Finnish romantic. His was a modernism without borders, writes Tim Abrahams

Published in Review
Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

Adventures of the Black Square

A densely packed exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery takes a Kazimir Malevich's painting as its starting point to assess the history of abstraction and its political undercurrents, says Jessica Mairs

Published in Review
Monday, 19 January 2015 16:23

Sérgio Bernardes

A documentary explores the radical designs that made Brazilian modernist, playboy and Niemeyer contemporary Sérgio Bernardes a star and the controversial affiliations that eventually left him bankrupt and forgotten, says Arthur Thompson

Published in Review
Thursday, 15 January 2015 16:09

Architecture of Independence

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
20 February – 22 May 2015

Published in Diary
Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Denys Lasdun: Anatomy of a Building

The Royal College of Physicians was the building that propelled Denys Lasdun into the big time. Charles Holland diagnoses the causes of its success

Published in Review
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