Friday, 30 November 2018 09:35

Icon 187: The Ends of the Earth

Inside the new issue: architecture in extreme climates, space-age dystopias, the towering task of social housing, David Rockwell’s Manhattan school, interviews with Shigeru Ban and Stefano Boeri, and more
Published in Comment
Neil Armstrong’s ‘giant leap’ came from the step of an awkward alien spacecraft that was at home on neither Earth nor moon
Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

Galina Balashova

One architect defined the look of the whole Soviet space programme, from its logos to its satellites. Edwin Heathcote is fascinated by her personal archive

Published in Review
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Douglas Coupland: Public liabilities

These days, there’s more to public art than afflicting parks with random chunks of steel. But even good examples often seem to infuriate more than they inspire, says the novelist and artist

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00


Sometimes it is the unexpected or overlooked that can have the greatest impact. UltraRope is a new carbon-fibre cable for lift shafts that could revolutionise our skylines, and possibly even our journeys through space

Published in Features
Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:01

Solar panel

Photovoltaic technology was born during the 1950s space programme and came of age during the 1973 oil crisis. Despite attempts to consign it to history, it remains a symbol of mankind's resourcefulness

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:00

Future 50: Regina Peldszus

Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

Published in Features
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 17:17

The Hubble Space Telescope

For over 20 years, the pictures beamed back from NASA's orbiting observatory have shed light on dark matter and fired the imaginations of Earth dwellers.

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:45

Foster + Partners' Spaceport America

Starting next year, Virgin Galactic will offer space adventures for the 1%, including Brad Pitt, Stephen Hawking and Katy Perry. Icon went to the New Mexico desert to visit Foster + Partners’ Spaceport America, from where these sub-orbital flights for the stars will launch.

Published in Features
Friday, 30 September 2011 11:10

SPACE design Copenhagen restaurants

The design duo’s restaurant interiors have to meet the exacting standards of some of the world’s most celebrated, and demanding, chefs.

Published in News