October 2006

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Civic Fashion

Notes from Wunderground

Check It Out

SicisBlock

Visitors to Italian manufacturer Sicis’s new showroom in New York’s Soho will find a world of tile.

The Revolution That Never Quite Was

The Vermont enclave Prickly Mountain was built as an antiestablishment utopia—and that’s what it still is.

Sculpting Infinity

Erwin Hauer’s enticing wall screens captivated the likes of Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Florence Knoll Bassett. Now the artist enters the digital age.

Good Times

By resisting easy temptations Renzo Piano has ­accomplished something rare: unstrained symbolism.

Toward a New Archipelago

Clusters of self-sustaining suburban villages can be the way we grow—without sprawling.

Diva in the House

The reigning queen of architecture talks about gender-specific buildings, the controversy behind her new Museum of Contemporary-Contemporary Art, and the difference between organic and regular Deconstructivism.

Snatched from Oblivion

Henry Dreyfuss and Edward Larrabee Barnes’s prototype manufactured home is rediscovered—just before being sold as a teardown.

Remembering Bill Stumpf

Let us now celebrate the man who brought grace, civility, and optimism into the design dialogue.

Our Ailing Communities

Public-health advocate Richard Jackson argues that the way we build cities and neighborhoods is the source of many chronic diseases.

IDEO’s Urban Pre-Planning

Can its “Smart Space” practice shake up the lumbering world of infrastructure, zoning, and public process?

Under Bright Lights

David Allee’s latest photographs capture out-of-context urban objects in an otherworldly glow.

Easing into Retirement Housing

A Dutch firm designs rock ’n’ roll apartments for baby boomers.

Materials Conservation

The latest environmentally friendly surfaces.

Heavyweight Matchup

Graphic-design giant George Lois takes on boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Starting Out Small

By building a single-family house on land too tiny for other developers, one young Toronto firm is making a name for itself.

Lorraine Wild

Lorraine Wild answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.

Bookshelf

New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.

DIY Defibrillator

The Thrill of it All

Spectacle brings David Rockwell’s zest for life to the printed page.

ADA Made Easy

City Blocks

Red Carpet Treatment

Architect Matthew Baird gives rug manufacturer Tai Ping four new showrooms that embody the luxury brand.

Solid State

Mario Ruiz’s new series for Estoli brings flair to the accessible home.

Back on the Grid

Frei Otto’s engineering technique gets new energy from a structure by Glenn Howells Architects.

Craft Bombing

Knitters practice urban beautification by taking their needles to the streets.

Next Phase: Asymptote 3.0

The Art of Layering

After two intensive years of research, Hella Jongerius and Maharam have produced a textile that juxtaposes handiwork and industrial processes.

Community Latticework

A new museum aims to connect locals to an emerging cultural district in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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