'We are not leaving any white elephants behind,' says Rio de Janeiro's mayor in the lead up to the Olympic Games
Any lasting impact will be to tourism and gentrification rather than the impoverished favelas, says Will Henley
Our latest issue looks forward to this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – considering the role of architecture and urban planning in securing a lasting legacy
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil rekindled the debate about the legacy of global sporting events. But few people made the case for the aesthetic qualities of the stadiums – or the way that they have reclaimed the country's modernist heritage, says Tim Abrahams
30 years ago, Deborah Sussman's "look" for the 1984 Olympics turned LA into a sporting carnival. Bright, brash and full of optimism, here are some posters and photographs from the event
Singapore's new National Stadium has the world's largest single-span dome. And by leaving it open at one end, its designers have given the multi-purpose pitch one of the most beautiful backdrops in sport
First used to expose corruption in horse racing, the eerie photographs taken by finish-line cameras have become the defining images of the world's most dramatic races
Jay Osgerby discusses Barber Osgerby's tile range for Domus, inspired by London, and its work on the 2012 Olympic torch
The Lausanne museum’s gift shop is forgoing the usual tourist trinkets in favour of a collection of charming objects designed by local students.
The sight of 204 copper torches rising to form one vast bowl of flame was an extraordinary finale to the London 2012 opening ceremony. It was also one of the highlights of an extraordinary 12 months for designer Thomas Heatherwick – who is also the winner of Icon of the year, an award decided by public vote.
Few designers get to watch their work being ceremonially paraded up and down the country, but that’s how Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby spent the summer of 2012. The question is, after the “whirlwind” of the Olympic torch, what will they do next?
With the 1948 “Austerity Olympics” as its starting point, the V&A surveys 60 years of British design, architecture and fashion. From punk posters to Laura Ashley florals, the exhibition questions contrived notions of national identity to reveal a country caught between modernity and nostalgia. Here’s our review.
What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.
In the lead-up to the year’s biggest furniture fair, we preview products from British designers Barber Osgerby and Benjamin Hubert, shine a light on Greta Grossman’s reissued 1940s lamps, and ask Tom Dixon why he’s leaving the exhibition halls to break new ground.