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
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?
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?
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
A day-long discussion about the city’s peripheries highlighted the complexity of an area often perceived as bland and uniform, says Debika Ray
“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
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
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
Ten years in the making, MVRDV's grand gesture in its home city wraps a grey slab of housing around a tasty filling
An exhibition on the role of art in reimagining the city is at its strongest when it sticks to home turf, says Hannah Gregory
The London Society chair discusses the green belt, the housing crisis, smart cities, tall buildings and cycling
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
UN Studio's principal architect discusses the role of tall buildings in housing at his new 31-storey tower on London's City Road