With public places and workspaces embracing the wellness trend, housing developers need to play catch up, says Grant Lipton, co-founder of Great Marlborough Estates.

Published in Comment
Monday, 13 April 2020 09:30

Robin Hood Gardens: A brutal failure?

The London-based social housing complex was design by architects Alison and Peter Smithson as a manifestation of their socialist theories. 

Published in Buildings

Living With Beauty is the final report from the government-appointed commission on the controversial subject of what beautiful housing looks like

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The seemingly humble bungalow is a design icon of remarkable versatility

Published in Icon of the Month

Rapid transformation has reunified the formerly divided city – but also shown the necessity of political and planning interventions

Published in Comment
Monday, 09 December 2019 12:36

What went wrong with Covent Garden?

The Covent Garden we know today is the direct result of successful community activism. So how did it become so horrible?

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The Covent Garden we know today is the direct result of successful community activism. So why is it so horrible, wonders Owen Hatherley
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Icon's new regular roundup of news and tips for your week ahead

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Separate entrances for low-income residents have become a potent symbol of London’s social apartheid, writes Priya Khanchandani

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Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley's Goldsmith Street wins the 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize and the inaugural Neave Brown Award for Housing as architects confront both the environmental and the housing crisis.

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The city’s booming population has sparked experiments in micro-homes, shared space and cohousing. But how close do we want to get?

Published in Features

A century since Le Corbusier began his journey as an architect, he remains one of the profession's most influential and controversial figures

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Amin Taha tells Icon about his battle to save his Clerkenwell Close studio and home from demolition, as part of the Icon Minds series

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Roehampton's Alton Estate is one of 10 buildings on the Twentieth Century Society’s list of buildings at risk of demolition. Edwin Heathcote argues for its survival

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The Mexican architect talks to Icon about solutions to the affordable housing crisis worldwide

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Councils don’t just need to ‘engage with’ communities, writes Josh Fenton. They need to give them a genuine role in decision-making

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Icon’s architecture correspondent identifies four major questions that will need to be addressed in the wake of last week’s disaster

Published in Comment
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

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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

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

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