April 2011

Design’s Garbage Problem/Going, Going, Going

Metropolis Hits and Misses

Prefab | The Dream that Refused to Die

The 1990s brought a renewed interest in an old idea. But for the most part, the newcomers were as perplexed by the challenge as the masters of design who preceded them.

Rose-Colored Glasses

Why are predictions on the Future of Architecture (capital F, capital A) always so wrong?

Craft | A Return to the Hand

The renaissance of craft currently occurring among artists, architects, designers, and a generation of DIYers otherwise glued to their keyboards speaks to a universal longing for the tactile and the real.

Here but Not Here

Architecture has yet to acknowledge the impact of social media on our experience of physical space.

Architects Pollute/Dubai

Metropolis Hits and Misses

New Urbanism | The Case for Looking Beyond Style

Taking on the “avant-garde establishment,” Andrés Duany attempts to set the record straight. (Note to the avant-garde: feel free to respond.)

Blobism | The Digital Playground Erupts

The new millennium ushered in an era of computer-enabled shapes increasingly divorced from the real concerns of architecture.

Computers, Eh?/Fishy Business

Metropolis Hits and Misses

Mission Statement

The founder and publisher of Metropolis talks about the early days of the magazine.

Universal Design/User-Friendly Skies

Metropolis Hits and Misses

The Green Movement | The Tree Huggers Grow Up

How did green design go from a fringe concern to a mainstream crusade? Three of the movement’s pioneers discuss this remarkable transformation—and what comes next.

Collaboration in Seattle/De Young in Trouble!

Metropolis Hits and Misses

The Gods Must be Crazy

A 1980 film about a Coke bottle dropped over the desert might be the best metaphor for what’s happened to design.

Deconstructivism | The Kamikaze Mission

Mark Wigley, Philip Johnson’s partner in crime, recalls the groundbreaking 1988 show that took on the reigning ism.

Our Charles Jencks Moment

Handy Containers

While we may have rejected the box as the standard architectural form, we’re more dedicated to it than ever.

Social Design | Easier Said Than Done

The design industry’s recent humanitarian fervor is a welcome development, but good intentions alone are hardly enough to effect real change on the ground.

Post-Modernism | Pomo Returns (Or Maybe it Never Left)

Mocked, maligned, misunderstood, it’s the movement that no one wants to claim membership in—even retrospectively. And yet, might we still be in its grip?

London (and Tokyo and Oslo … ) Calling

Foreign companies are poised to have a particularly strong showing at this year’s ICFF.

Turn, Turn, Turn

The famous Pete Seeger song has our editor in chief reflecting on 30 seasons of architecture and design.

Highlights from the Collection

These ten picks from MoMA embody key moments and movements from the last 30 years of design.

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