July-August 2016

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Constructing a Narrative

Constructing a Narrative

David Adjaye tells us why The National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening in September, challenged him like never before.

Ashes to Concrete

Ashes to Concrete

For this unique home, Atelier Tekuto teamed up with experts to develop an environmentally-friendly concrete made—not from sand—but volcanic ash.

Village People

Village People

The countryside continues to underpin our urban imaginings.

The Psychology of Scarcity: What Behavioral Economics Can Teach Design

The Psychology of Scarcity: What Behavioral Economics Can Teach Design

Professor Eldar Shafir explains how scarcity and abundance affect our actions as individuals and communities—and what that means for designers.

Good-bye Grand Structures: The Small-Scale Civic Architecture of Today

Good-bye Grand Structures: The Small-Scale Civic Architecture of Today

Until we can once again believe in our collective destiny, the foreseeable future of American civic architecture is in precise, nimble interventions.

Gere Kavanaugh: Pioneer With A Penchant for Color

Gere Kavanaugh: Pioneer With A Penchant for Color

Paul Makovsky speaks to the renowned designer about her colorful world, the collaborative and creative scene of L.A. in the ’60s and ’70s, and the power of the pencil.

Q&A: Allegra Fuller Snyder

Q&A: Allegra Fuller Snyder

Metropolis editor Mikki Brammer sat down with Buckminster Fuller’s daughter to discuss what Bucky would think of the world today.

The Man Who Elevated Landscape to Art

The Man Who Elevated Landscape to Art

Roberto Burle Marx was more than the peerless landscape architect who revolutionized the garden aesthetic. He was also a consummate artist whose innovations drew on a wide range of cultural and natural references.

Antennae to Experience: What Bucky Fuller Taught Me

Antennae to Experience: What Bucky Fuller Taught Me

Buckminster Fuller's daughter shares a previously unpublished essay and reveals a rarely spotlighted side to the revered thinker.

Reporting from the Domestic Front

Reporting from the Domestic Front

At this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, multiple pavilions grappled with one vital question: What is the future of the home?

Tangled Up in Design

Tangled Up in Design

With this year's Istanbul Biennial, academics Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley aim to reboot the history of civilization and “redesign” the human subject altogether.

A New New York, The Same Old Story

A New New York, The Same Old Story

While it has brought with it a fair share of good buildings, New York’s architectural renaissance has presided over a general dissolution of urban mix.

President's Note

President's Note

Thirty-five years ago this month, my husband, Horace Havemeyer III, achieved his dream of publishing a magazine on architecture and design. He called it Metropolis.

The Best of the 21st Century: Products

The Best of the 21st Century: Products

We asked leading practitioners to share their picks of the best products of the past 16 years. The following designs not only redefined conventional products but reshaped our lives.

The Best of the 21st Century: Interiors

The Best of the 21st Century: Interiors

We asked leading practitioners to share their picks of the best interiors of the past 16 years. The following is a curated list of ten sleek interiors with clean lines and eclectic sensibilities.

The Best of the 21st Century: Architecture

The Best of the 21st Century: Architecture

We asked leading practitioners to share their picks of the best projects of the past 16 years. The following is a curated list of architectural projects, both big and small, that have helped to define the cityscape of the new millennium.

From Venice to Venice Beach: Denise Scott Brown's "Wayward" Eye

From Venice to Venice Beach: Denise Scott Brown's "Wayward" Eye

The influential architect-planner reflects on her colorful and analytic use of photography over the decades.

Charles Waldheim: Landscape Urbanism All Grown Up

Charles Waldheim: Landscape Urbanism All Grown Up

The urban theorist argues that landscape, more than buildings, has fundamentally changed the way cities urbanize in the 21st century.

Looking Back: Metropolis Turns 35

Looking Back: Metropolis Turns 35

On our 35th anniversary, we reaffirm our belief in the importance of history.

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