DGT’s Estonian National Museum extends from the runway of a former Soviet airbase, but its bold conceptual design ensures it rises above the echoes of history

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UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture honours its former head by staging a colourful exhibition just in time for his 80th birthday

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Owen Hopkins provides a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroising that blight our understanding of modernist architecture, says John Jervis

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The Paris-based architect talks to Icon's Peter Smisek about doing more with less in the French banlieues

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Barbican, London
23 March - 25 June 2017

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Edwin Heathcote, Oliver Wainwright, Catherine Slessor and David Lane will be among those speaking at a series of events in February and March

Published in Comment
Monday, 09 January 2017 15:35

Icon 164: Studio Swine

In our latest issue, we profile London-based duo Studio Swine, design explorers who discover beauty in ocean plastic, human hair and a lost Amazonian city ...

Published in Comment
Monday, 05 December 2016 00:40

Icon 163: Downward curve

In our latest issue, we visit AL_A's beguiling Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, and consider whether the era of gratuitous shapemaking architecture is finally over

Published in Comment
Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:37

RIBA International Prize shortlist unveiled

The first ever RIBA International Prize celebrates the best of global architecture

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 13 October 2016 11:26

Architects vs housing: a failed relationship

It is the great unspoken truth of architecture, says Edwin Heathcote: when it comes to the buildings that matter most in people’s lives, it has failed

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Curators Ekow Eshun and Will Strong talk to Douglas Murphy about the Calvert Gallery's season exploring the utopian public spaces of the Soviet Union

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Friday, 24 June 2016 00:31

#BRUTALISM

The brute is back – on television, on social media, in coffee-table books, even in new buildings. But can we ever recapture the movement’s original spirit, asks Douglas Murphy?

Published in Features
Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:11

New issue – Icon 156: Pomophobia

In our latest issue – out now – John Jervis argues that postmodernism has left London with a pretty turgid legacy, while Hugh Pearman looks back at the greatest hits (and misses) of the inimitable Zaha Hadid

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London Festival of Architecture director Martyn Evans explains why this year’s month-long event will focus on the theme: ‘community’

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Edwin Heathcote remembers the ‘eye-wateringly original’ work of the celebrated architect, who died on 31 March

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:00

5 x 5 designers to redo your home

From interiors and lighting to architecture and landscaping, here’s Icon’s fantasy list for home renovation

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Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

Has China radicalised the shopping mall?

Over the past 20 years, the mall has become a mainstay of east Asia’s explosive drive towards urbanisation. But architect Nicholas Jewell, author of a book about shopping malls in China, questions how much the typology has really changed

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Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00

Gothenburg Public Sauna

William Siesjö sweats it out in Raumlabor’s new project, a “bastu” inspired by the harbour’s industrial past – and a place to discuss its future

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Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

When architecture becomes art

Now open to the public, architect Konstantin Melnikov’s Moscow home was at the heart of a bitter ownership dispute that pitted its use as a residence against its value as a cultural artefact, says Charles Holland

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

Vertical Itaim, São Paulo, by Marcio Kogan

An elegant residential tower in the central of the Brazilian city offers a much-needed model for smarter urban living in a city choked by traffic, sprawl and inflated prices, says Saul Taylor

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