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Inside Icon 199: The contemporary countryside


Icon’s debut quarterly issue, with more pages and in-depth perspectives, explores the present and future of the countryside. In a new Focus section, Edwin Heathcote delves into the unsung technologies and movements shaping the rural world, while Katy Kelleher investigates permaculture - a sustainable form of farming that respects the landscape and existing habitats. Phineas Harper explores the fraying edges between the city and the country and Prix Pictet nominee Rena Effendi points her lens at the fast-changing traditions of life in rural Transylvania. We also take a look at the intimate history of New York’s gay saunas, review new cultural buildings in Istanbul and Groningen, and speak with architect Beatriz Colomina on architecture, health and work. Read on...


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