October 2006

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Good Times

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

IDEO’s Urban Pre-Planning

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

Next Phase: Asymptote 3.0

ADA Made Easy

Notes from Wunderground

Red Carpet Treatment

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

City Blocks

SicisBlock

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

Heavyweight Matchup

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

DIY Defibrillator

Solid State

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

Craft Bombing

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

The Revolution That Never Quite Was

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

The Thrill of it All

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

Back on the Grid

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

Our Ailing Communities

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

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.

Bookshelf

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

Community Latticework

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

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.

Snatched from Oblivion

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

Toward a New Archipelago

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

Check It Out

Remembering Bill Stumpf

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

Materials Conservation

The latest environmentally friendly surfaces.

Civic Fashion

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.

The Art of Layering

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

Lorraine Wild

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

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.

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