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The search is on also for icons this month, in the latest in our series of Design Seminars. Here a round table of design experts debate top issues in the sector, this month being what defines a design icon and why some products gain this moniker while others don't.
We also have a bit of a statement piece about women in architecture in this issue, with Stephen Hitachi's looking at the work they have done and the struggle they have endured in the past to achieve something of an equal footing these days.
Meanwhile Veronica Smpson delves underground and seeks out projects that have for one reason or other, and not necessarily lack of space, gone below ground... one is even partly underwater, doubling as a marine research centre when it's not open as a restaurant.
We also have a usual helping of projects, news and views, plus a Focus looking at the world of hotel design and a case study on the newly refurbished Gran Hotel Ingles in Madrid by the Rockwell Group.