Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism, writes Charles Holland

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 the Home issue, 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
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:35

Torre David: evictions

Last week, the Venezuelan government began evicting the residents of Torre David – a 45-storey vertical slum in central Caracas that is home to more 3,000 people. We asked Daniel Schwartz of Urban-Think Tank, who recently made a film about the tower, about the reasons behind the move

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:57

Kew House by Piercy & Co

A south-west London family and their architect have given a modern twist to the local vernacular with a double-gabled steel and glass house

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A tour of informal settlements from Rio to Caracas shows cities being reclaimed in remarkable ways, says Debika Ray. But are they a viable template for the future?

Published in Review

The Israeli-Canadian architect of the groundbreaking Habitat 67 project in Montreal talks to Debika Ray about social responsibility, designing for context and his approach to housing

Published in Features

UN Studio's principal architect discusses the role of tall buildings in housing at his new 31-storey tower on London's City Road

Published in Video
Monday, 19 May 2014 11:39

Interview: Luyanda Mpahlwa

Luyanda Mpahlwa was one of the first black South Africans to study architecture. His work eschews grand statements for small but telling improvements to Cape Town’s sprawling hinterland, says Riya Patel

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