Issue 096 is out now
The theme of the June issue is “Oceans”. In our cover story, Icon contributing editor Julian Worrall writes a letter from Tokyo, describing the tsunami and its aftershocks, and the effect – in a metropolis well prepared for disasters – on life there.
2011 is the centenary of the birth of underwater adventurer Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Icon of the Month is devoted to the scuba kit, which Cousteau invented, and we present a portfolio of photographs of artist Mark Dion’s cabinet of marine curiosities that’s just opened at the Oceanographic Institute in Monaco, where Cousteau was director.
In the 1960s, Cousteau built subaquatic research stations to test if people might colonise the ocean floor – six of Cousteau’s colleagues lived for three weeks at a depth of 100m in a bright yellow sea-urchin-shaped structure. In his essay on underwater bases, Geoff Manaugh examines Cousteau’s legacy in the science-fiction lairs of cinematic villains.
We also look at David Chipperfield’s Turner Contemporary cultural centre in Margate, a glistening iceberg that looks quite alien when seen from across the harbour of this faded seaside town. If it is hoped that such a building might help with regeneration, Rachel Armstrong proposes a living architecture that might regenerate itself. She wants to shore up Venice with protocells, using new technology to create an artificial reef as a plinth for the sinking city.
Up front, we’ve got new work by UN Studio, Oscar Niemeyer, Sebastian Bergne, Oskar Zieta and Jürgen Mayer H, and in review we look at the rebirth of psychedelica, James Stirling’s drawings, a rehang at MOMA, and centuries of filth. That’s all in Icon 096, on sale now.