ountrThe green belt has always been an unhappy mash-up – a patchwork of leftover land, neither urban nor rural. But the idea of limiting the city is essential, both for energising the space within and freeing the natural world beyond. Words by Phineas Harper

Published in Features

A book that seeks to make the case for a Green New Deal merely exposes the faultlines in the uneasy green-red coalition behind it, argues Tim Abrahams 

Published in Review
Thursday, 02 April 2020 10:20

Wild seeds of an edible landscape

Permaculture gardening seeks to make land more productive by allowing nature to retake control. Adopted by urban farmers, designers, even tech-savvy futurists, it is already changing the way we design and nurture green spaces. By Katy Kelleher.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:30

Icon of the Month: Nagele, Flevoland

Built on reclaimed land, the Dutch village was meant to fulfil a modernist vision of rural, communal life. But like any settlement in the countryside, it has had to adapt to survive, writes Peter Smisek.

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:00

The quiet life must be heard

We need a new design discipline that shares and amplifies the innovative, radical thinking of the countryside, writes Hana Loftus of HAT Projects

Published in Comment

Although guilty of priortising text over exhibit, AMO's ambitious Guggenheim exhibition Countryside, the Future carries some important warnings, finds Tim Abrahams.

Published in Features
Monday, 19 January 2015 10:00

Countryside Code

The rural rulebook is rarely seen these days. But with the right rebrand, it might even add to our enjoyment of nature, says Design Project

Published in Rethink
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:27

9 January: This week’s most read

Smart cities, architectural photography and Apple's Jony Ive were some of the things Icon readers read about most this week

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:32

2014's most popular articles

This year, Icon readers leapt upon articles featuring big names such as Bjarke Ingels, Rem Koolhaas and Peter Zumthor, as well as those about the emerging designers in our graduates round-up

Published in Comment
Friday, 14 November 2014 13:23

14 November: This week's most-read stories

Rem Koolhaas, poppies and the 9/11 Memorial Museum were among the most popular subjects this week

Published in News
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:14

Wolfgang Buttress: The architecture of bees

Architects have long been drawn to the honeybee colony as a symbol of an ideal, industrious society. Now for the British pavilion at next year's Milan World Expo, Wolfgang Buttress is building a "pulsating virtual hive" out of honeycombed steel and LEDs

Published in Features
Monday, 13 October 2014 11:57

Digital farming: Robocrop

Farmland is becoming digitised, with the giants of global agribusiness developing combine harvesters that drive themselves and drones that monitor the water content of crops, says Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg. Humans, meanwhile, continue their retreat from the land

Published in Features
Monday, 29 September 2014 13:51

Slaughterhouses: Meat is modernism

Slaughterhouses are meant to look anonymous, so rarely is much thought given to their exterior design. Yet those assembly lines of suspended carcasses played a fundamental role in the grisly birth of modern architecture

Published in Features
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Rem Koolhaas: countryside architecture

Rem Koolhaas, the OMA founder, thinks that too little attention is paid to the countryside, where change is happening at a faster rate than in most cities. In this illustrated essay on the rural world, he argues that architects need to take stock of a new agricultural revolution

Published in Features
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 16:44

The Metropolitan Green Belt

It may not all be publicly accessible, it may not even all be green, but the patchwork of protected land around London is a triumph of the social democratic spirit – the planning equivalent of the NHS

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:00

Icon 135: Countryside

Icon’s latest issue, available from 2 August, features an essay on the future of the countryside by Rem Koolhaas, as well as articles about digital farming, slaughterhouses and Wolfgang Buttress

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