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Inside ICON 204: Summer 2021

‘Grow’ is the theme of this Summer 2021 issue, which explores design and architecture’s relationship to nature – from Studio Roosegaarde’s light installation helping crops grow in the Netherlands to Vietnam’s small-scale biophilic architecture. Phil Roberts explores the disconnect between architecture’s extravagant visions for urban farming and the reality of community-focused projects on the ground, while Harriet Thorpe meets pioneering agrowaste designer Mae-ling Lokko.

We also look at growth through a different lens: Debika Ray reports on how to grow cities without falling into the suburban sprawl traps of the past, and Elissaveta M Brandon surveys the schools in New York City growing vertically.

Beyond our growth focus, Marianela D’Aprile talks to US architect Jeanne Gang about inquisitive design, the life of buildings and architecture’s relationship to climate change. Michael Fitzpatrick reports from Japan; 10 years on from the earthquake and tsunami, he hears from local residents and leading architect Kengo Kuma about the complex and contentious process of rebuilding and rehousing.

Plus: Canada’s new centre of Inuit art, Pritzker-wining Lacaton & Vassal, emerging Ecuadorian practice Natura Futura, Hip-Hop Architecture, Melbourne Design Week, London Design Biennale and much more.

This digital edition includes a free supplement at the end: Together magazine, curated and published by Ideal Standard.

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