April 2005

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Project: Play

At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg weren’t afraid to make a mess.

An Open Letter to the Dean

Our irrepressible columnist takes an irreverent look at the legacy of architecture’s most famous (and irrepressible) gadfly.

Teen Spirit

Matali Crasset refashions a French department store as a youth hangout.

Coffee-Table Gravitas

Is the S,M,L,XL treatment the best way to talk about human rights?

A Smorgasbord of Young Italian Architects

Coffee for Two

Joost Alferink reveals the finer points of WAACS’s Senseo Coffee Pod System for Philips.

Aesthetic Minefield

Redesigning a design magazine presents a whole slew of unique challenges.

Desktop Comet

Richard Sapper—designer of the legendary Tizio lamp—has created a new task lamp, the Halley, using LED technology.

The High Life?

Residents question whether high-rise condos make sense in Las Vegas.

Memorials and Amnesiacs

Soon a national memorial will be built in the Pennsylvania hills. Will it reflect our place in history?

Night Lights

When archrivals begin sharing a Munich soccer stadium, it will be the glowing facade that lets fans know who’s up.

Light Tiles

SmartSlab LED panels flaunt superior graphics for everything from small-scale interiors to billboards.

2nd Story

The recent restoration of a Neutra house uses the master’s original drawings to satisfy the current craze for more space.

You Don’t Have to Do Windows

Already being tested by architects, self-cleaning glass now finds its way into the residential market.

Instant City

Work has begun on a huge project in South Korea. KPF looks to plan and build a $25 billion town of 100,000 people—in ten years.

The Art of War

A show housed in bunkers on Kinmen Island addresses the legacy of conflict between Taiwan and China.

Bush to Cities: Drop Dead!

If proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development go through, it could be 1975 all over again.

This Old House

A piece of prefab history in Massachusetts must find a new site—or else be demolished.

Safe Harbor

Young Danish architects create a wavy structure that reclaims a polluted waterfront site for the community.

Flashes of Brilliance

A selection of innovative new lighting.

Light Years

Read Me

Crossing Guard

Sew Slim

The ultimate domestic workhorse gets a sleek makeover.

Good Shelter

SCI-Arc students create a place for L.A.’s homeless to take shade.

<i>Live</i>, from Louisville!

The makeover of a defunct mall sparks controversy over what is good for the city.

Contour Lighting

Brooklyn-based Lite Brite Neon Studio playfully subverts the perception that neon is tacky.

Bright Lights, Big City

Helsinki—a place that sees just three hours of daylight in winter—embarks on a lighting plan for the entire city.

Big Air

The new Airbus A380—which dwarfs the Boeing 747—is Europe’s huge, high- stakes gamble on the future of international air travel.

Italy’s New Wave

A cadre of young architects looks to shake up the country’s long-stagnant building culture.