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The High Ideals of the Living Building Challenge

The High Ideals of the Living Building Challenge

Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, on shaping the future of sustainable design

Want Universal Design? Make Technology More Intuitive

Want Universal Design? Make Technology More Intuitive

Designer Patricia Moore on the shortcomings of minimal compliance, and why she’s hopeful that technology can create a more inclusive built environment

Snøhetta Rethinks the Future of Times Square

Snøhetta Rethinks the Future of Times Square

The Norwegian architects on how they're transforming public spaces into "platforms for living"

Molded for Strength

Molded for Strength

Luca Nichetto and Cassina borrow a production process from the car industry for the Motek chair.

What Is the State of Design Criticism?

What Is the State of Design Criticism?

Leading architecture and design critics ponder the future of their profession.

The Photographer's Eye: Why Context Matters

The Photographer's Eye: Why Context Matters

Lyle Rexer examines the visual legacy of Metropolis.

What's the Role of Sacred Architecture in Our Cities?

What's the Role of Sacred Architecture in Our Cities?

Reverend Thomas Pike, who was inspired by a 1983 Metropolis conference to become a leader in historic preservation, looks at the importance of sacred spaces in urban areas.

Looking Forward: What's Next for Metropolis

Looking Forward: What's Next for Metropolis

Publisher and editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy remembers the endless curiosity of Horace Havemeyer III and the lessons it provides for all of us moving forward.

Looking Back: Remembering the Early Days of Metropolis

Looking Back: Remembering the Early Days of Metropolis

Akiko Busch recalls how Horace Havemeyer III’s innate understanding of architecture informed the early issues of his magazine.

Concrete Possibilities

Concrete Possibilities

Jess Sorel’s outdoor furniture designs take advantage of Landscape Forms’ high-performance material.

A Patch of Blue

A Patch of Blue

Metropolis's editor-in-chief questions how we can connect healthcare design and nature

A Century of Hans Wegner

A Century of Hans Wegner

2014 marks a celebratory year for the undisputed "King of Chairs."

Playing in Traffic

Playing in Traffic

New Yorkers have found numerous ways to ignore the highway-centered city of Robert Moses.

The Metropolis Guide to Emerging Design Neighborhoods

The Metropolis Guide to Emerging Design Neighborhoods

An insider's look at 18 up-and-coming design districts from around the world

Turkish Delights

Turkish Delights

In our golden era of design events, curator Zoë Ryan talks about preparing for the Istanbul Design Biennial, the relevance of manifestos, and more.

Can Berlin's New Concept Mall Revive City West?

Can Berlin's New Concept Mall Revive City West?

The recently-opened complex combines fashion, high culture, and a resourceful spirit to reinvent the shopping experience.

Eyes on Cape Town

Eyes on Cape Town

This year’s World Design Capital—the first in Africa— is bursting with energy, creativity, and reinvention.

Letting the Hill Country In

Letting the Hill Country In

An outdoorsy homestead designed by Lake Flato embraces the views of cypress-shaded creeks.

Mia Lehrer & the L.A. River

Mia Lehrer & the L.A. River

The landscape architect has spent nearly two decades helping transform a mammoth drainage canal into a true urban amenity.

Trench Warfare

Trench Warfare

A new documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at a fitful 2009 architectural competition.

Mission Impossible?

Mission Impossible?

Dallas’s local architecture critic leads a campaign to tear down a highway in the autocentric city.

San Francisco's Pier 9 Is Now The Cutting-Edge Autodesk Workshop

San Francisco's Pier 9 Is Now The Cutting-Edge Autodesk Workshop

An exclusive look at the software giant's digital manufacturing facility created by Lundberg Design.