Wednesday, 21 February 2018 16:28

Ou Ning: An Artist Profile

Ou Ning is more than an artist - he's a unique voice in modern China. He talks work, the rural reconstruction movement, and life in a megacity

Published in Architecture

Forty years ago, poverty, crime and de-industrialisation nearly killed off the West’s major cities. Today, an abundance of cash threatens to do a similar thing

Published in Features

Za'atari refugee camp is the fifth largest settlement in Jordan. Its Syrian residents have built informal businesses, infrastructure and a new sense of identity. In other words, they have built a city – so shouldn't it be designed more like one?

Published in Features
Friday, 23 January 2015 14:54

Mapping the City

An exhibition at Somerset House presents street and graffiti artists' interpretations of urban landscapes

Published in GALLERY
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games

30 years ago, Deborah Sussman's "look" for the 1984 Olympics turned LA into a sporting carnival. Bright, brash and full of optimism, here are some posters and photographs from the event

Published in GALLERY
Friday, 21 November 2014 15:42

Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC: Laura Oldfield Ford

For an exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, the artist turns her attention to the "self-medicating" suburbs, which decay as the inner city is fortified by foreign capital, says Hannah Gregory

Published in Review
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 12:48

Parking signs

Few things make a New Yorker's blood boil more than a ticket on the windshield. Is it time for parking rules to be displayed in a calmer, clearer, perhaps even more charming manner?

Published in Rethink
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:26

Jim's Terrible City: JG Ballard's Shanghai

James H Bollen's book of photographs depicts the cityscape of empty, dilapidated houses and apartments and the leitmotifs that influenced the novelist's work

Published in GALLERY
Monday, 01 September 2014 01:00

Urban Plunge – wild swimming in the city

An exhibition at the Roca London Gallery showcases a series of architectural proposals to reclaim natural water sources in London, New York and Copenhagen for recreational use. We spoke to curator Jane Withers about how we can better exploit our rivers and harbours

Published in Features

RIBA, London
10 September – 6 December 2014

Published in Diary
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
Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:00

Future 50: WORKac

Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

Published in Features
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:16

Tokyo garden house by Ryue Nishizawa

Ryue Nishizawa has used plants, stairs and windows to create the illusion of privacy and space in this tall, narrow urban home.

Published in News