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On the cover Virgil Abloh photographed by Alessio Segala

CONTENTS

Front 11 EDITOR’S LETTER

13 CONTRIBUTORS

15 CRIMES AGAINST DESIGN Owen Hopkins asks: why are public playgrounds so uninspiring?

16 OPINION Human materials have taken over the planet. Parley’s Cyrill Gutsch calls for a redesign

18 OPINION Emergency housing for young people must be better designed, explain three UK architects

20 OPINION Amid crises, design must pave the way to a better future, says Takram’s Yosuke Ushigome

Focus 26 THE ICON INTERVIEW: VIRGIL ABLOH Flo Wales Bonner speaks to the ultimate design polymath about his life, work and mission

42 REPLICA CITIES Elissaveta M Brandon reports on the rise and application of VR ‘digital twin’ cities

52 A BETTER WAY TO DYE Synthetic textile dye is polluting the environment. Three designers are rethinking the process

65 GALLERY: SOUND ADVICE Emerging platform Sound Advice holds the architecture industry to account – with tips and tunes

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