Rita Lobo

Journalist, content editor & podcaster | Previously content editor at Icon 


Words in Icon, OnOffice, MSN, BT, loveexploring.com, HuffPost, The CEO Magazine, and more

Artist sinks Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye in Danish fjord

A five-tonne, 6m tall model of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye has been towed into a fjord in Denmark and subsequently sunk as part of a summer art exhibition. Created by Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, the installation appears as a half-submerged vision of a once visionary future. It’s also a critical comment on the importance of modernity today. ‘The project is a critical comment on the current status of modernity after the scandals of Cambridge Analytica, the Trump election and Brexit,

The women driving Dubai Design Week

As far as design weeks go, Dubai is pretty unique. Firstly, it’s unashamedly commercial; its main goal is to connect regional buyers with local talent. Secondly, it’s spearheaded by a largely female team. Rue Kothari and Rawan Kashkoush, are Fair Director of Downtown Design and Head of Programming of Dubai Design Week respectively and have been the driving forces pushing the event forward. Seizing on the emirate’s entrepreneurial spirit, Kothari and Kashkoush are leading the way in a field that

Denise Scott Brown: As influential as ever at 86

At the height of the ninth decade, Denise Scott Brown remains one of the most influential architects in the world. She is a partner at Philadelphia firm Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, which she built up with Robert Venturi; she co-authored the seminal treatise Learning from Las Vegas, the book that birthed post-modernism; she’s been a lifelong advocate for collaborative, inclusive and diverse architecture – since long before these were buzz

Sou Fujimoto's Futures of the Future opens at new Japan House London

Sou Fujimoto, acclaimed Japanese architect, in his exhibition Futures of the Future at Japan House London The third outpost of Japan House, after LA and São Paulo, has opened in London with an exhibition by cult architect Sou Fujimoto. Located in a serviceable Art Deco building in Kensington High Street, the new space aims to present the best of Japanese culture, art, and shopping to the world. Inside there is an exhibition space, gallery, theatre, as well as a specialist travel agency, a desi

Google's Ivy Ross: 'If what the tech offers is of value to you, then have it be out in your home and be beautiful'

Ivy Ross is the most important designer in the world right now that you’ve never heard about. Since 2014 Ross has been in charge of the design side of Google’s new range of real-world products, including the Google Pixel mobile phone and a variety of iterations of the Google Home smart speakers. But unlike Jonathan Ive, her counterpart at Apple, Ross maintains a relatively low profile and is not yet a household name.

Where to go in Iceland beyond the Golden Circle

Iceland is an increasingly popular destination for short trips and long adventures alike. It’s no surprise: there's dramatic scenery, incredible wildlife and it's close to both Europe and the USA. With a surge in tourism in recent years, some of its top attractions can be extremely busy. But there's more to Iceland than the famous Golden Circle – the loop of the popular sites around Reykjavík that explores Geysir, Thingvellir National Park and Gulfoss waterfall – so here's where to go in Iceland when you've seen the big sights.

Around the world in 12 months – the ultimate adventure for all ages

We’ve all dreamed of throwing the towel in and hitting the road. Increasingly, travellers in their 30s, 40s and 50s are taking extended career breaks to see more of the world, and those in retirement are travelling more than ever. But when it comes to determining the ideal itinerary for a round the world jaunt, where do you start? Right here. Follow our guide for the wildest 12 months of your life.

Investing in Britain's Architectural Heritage

Many of Britain’s most prominent old buildings are getting new leases of life and entirely new purposes, writes Rita Lobo. Britain is a nation with a proud architectural tradition; from grand Norman abbeys to Victorian industrial sites, there is an appreciation for the cultural heritage in architecture. But that has not always been the case: up until the start of the 20th century there was no legal obligation by proprietors or councils to protect buildings of historical significance.

UK Real Estate Perseveres- BVCA Journal

Though life before the Brexit referendum might seem like a distant memory, the seasons have barely changed since that fateful vote. The consequences of Brexit are still largely unknown, and are likely to remain so until Article 50 is invoked and an exit plan devised, but for the time being at least, it seems that the vote to leave was not quite the harbinger of economic apocalypse many had forecast it to be. However, one sector has been disproportionately hit by the referendum already: real estate and development.

Africa’s untapped beer market

In Europe and North America the ‘end of week beer’ is a long and respected tradition. Workers from across sectors and industries head to bars and pubs to celebrate yet another long week of toil and the arrival of the weekend. And across the Western world, the variety of tipples on offer for those thirsty, honourable workers is largely the same, from the workmen’s social club to the high-end bars: Beer. Ice cold Budweisers, Stella Artois and Carlsbergs rule the roosts and are recognised brands wo

Social media shoppers: how women are tweeting to the check-out

We have all seen the images: the shopping-crazed woman buying her eighth pair of shoes, while an exasperated male companion sits in a corner looking dejected. Stereotypes such as this one permeate the dialogue and influence how we think of ourselves as consumers, as well as how brands market their products. Women are often portrayed as the more reckless spenders, and men as more shopping-averse. As this image is repeated it is perpetrated as a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Over the next decade, wo

100 years of the Panama Canal

Ships pass in adjacent locks on the Panama Canal Though the Panama Canal will be 100 years old in August, it remains one of the most impressive accomplishments in the field of engineering. It took over 30 years to complete, and 25,000 workers perished during that time, but the result changed the way goods are shipped around the world, opening up a world of opportunity for manufacturing and industries to expand internationally. To create the 50-mile canal, 42,000 workers shifted a gargantuan am
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