Issue 091 out now
Icon 091 is out now, taking wing around the theme “flight”. On the cover there’s Norman Foster, the legendary architect more associated with flight than anyone else in the profession – he tells us about his plans to get into space, the four international airports he’s built, why he’s rebuilt Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion motor car and why the Boeing 747 is his favourite work of architecture.
Bringing a touch of class to one of the more prosaic aspects of flight is Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. He’s redesigned the dinner service for KLM – but can designers do all that much to improve the flying experience, and the notorious in-flight meal? More down-to-earth – almost – is Owen Hatherley’s exploration of the neon-streaked flyovers of Shanghai, one part urban dystopia, one part hopeful glimpse of the future. And we’ve got the fantasy cockpits of artist Luis Gispert. And there’s the world’s first human-powered flapping aircraft and a stroll over the design glory that is the airport carpet.
Up front there’s a sculptural hydroelectricity plant resembling a beached whale, a Jewish community centre out of the Emerald City, a crate that serves tea and vacuums the carpet and new buildings from two generations of the Siza family. In review, there are the fantastical “nonobjects” of Branko Lukic, knockabout fun at the Hayward, three radical red buildings by the late, great Jim Stirling and a peek into the radical history of the New York arts scene.
That’s all in Icon 091, the January 2011 issue, out now.