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

Published in Features
Monday, 03 October 2016 08:13

Icon 161: Architects vs housing – out now

In our latest issue, Edwin Heathcote asks whether even the best architects have become too ineffective to solve the UK’s housing crisis. We also recall how 1960s counterculture sparked a graphic design revolution

Published in Comment

Through a book, ceramic model and top trump cards, this ‘set’ explores the astonishing achievements and costs of Soviet efforts to rehouse an entire country within 30 years, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review

This west London complex presents co-living as a lifestyle choice, but relies on a very cynical idea of community, says Debika Ray

Published in Comment
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

Published in News

The housing crisis is forcing people to live in ever more cramped conditions, but history teaches us that well-designed homes and public spaces are the bedrock of a civilised society

Published in Comment
Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

Housing crisis: Mind the gaps

Developer Roger Zogolovitch and architect Alex Ely discuss the logistics and potentials of the abundant gap sites to be found scattered across our cities

Published in Features
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

London vernacular: A capital offence

A new London vernacular has emerged over the past five years – but is the moral laziness it represents an omen for the city’s future?

Published in Features
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

Bestor’s Blackbirds, Los Angeles

In LA’s Echo Park, architect Barbara Bestor has created a micro neighbourhood of 18 compact family homes clustered around a communal space, which could provide a new model for living in the increasingly congested West Coast city. But is suburban America ready to share? 

Published in News
Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

The lasting appeal of modernist Essex

In our latest issue, Home, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more

Published in News
Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

Doughnut: The Outer London Festival

A day-long discussion about the city’s peripheries highlighted the complexity of an area often perceived as bland and uniform, says Debika Ray

Published in Review
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

Published in Comment

The street photographer’s images of Manchester’s poorest districts in the 1960s and 70s exposed the pressures on both the built environment and the communities living within it

Published in Review
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

We Made That

The East London-based studio, whose masterplan for Blackhorse Lane in Waltham Forest picked up the inaugural Mayor's Prize at the New London Architecture awards, uses design to reinvigorate communities – work that has perhaps never been more crucial

Published in News
Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:57

MVRDV’s Markthal

Ten years in the making, MVRDV's grand gesture in its home city wraps a grey slab of housing around a tasty filling

Published in News
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

The Promise

An exhibition on the role of art in reimagining the city is at its strongest when it sticks to home turf, says Hannah Gregory

Published in Review
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 11:53

Icon meets Peter Murray

The London Society chair discusses the green belt, the housing crisis, smart cities, tall buildings and cycling

Published in Video
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:04

House for Trees

Vo Trong Nghia's prototype for a family house, made up of five small linked blocks, aims to reconnect Ho Chi Minh City dwellers with nature

Published in News
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:07

Designers in Residence: Disruption

A law court reconfigured as a TV studio and a bank account that helps you lose weight are among the projects by this year's designers in residence at the Design Museum

Published in News
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:31

2014 RIBA Manser Medal shortlist

Alison Brookes Architects, Denizen Works and Jamie Fobert Architects are among the six practices shortlisted for the prize for this year's best British house design

Published in GALLERY
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