Icon 123: Brazil
In this issue, Edwin Heathcote explores São Paulo’s sagging infrastructure and is inspired by its crowded, lively public spaces and a new cultural centre. Christopher Turner meets several Paulistan designers, a younger generation inspired by the Campana brothers but forging their own unique style. We also visit Inhotim, an art park in the Brazilian mountains, and talk to Daniel Libeskind about his first building in South America.
Up front, there’s Kengo Kuma’s arts centre in Besançon, Sou Fujimoto’s House K, a gravity-defying installation by Tomas Saraceno, a preview of the third Lisbon Triennale, lights by Studio Wieki Somers, a thread-wrapping machine, and a museum of anthropology for Marseille.
Icon of the Month is the computer mouse, Toko takes on discount grocery shopping, and Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld chooses his favourite things.
And in Review: the terrors of high-modernist planning – and the perils of no planning at all; Le Corbusier as a lover, not conqueror, of nature at MoMA; prefabs – the emergency homes that became part of suburban Britain, and the futures imagined by self-taught artists and inventors.