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December 2012

An Appreciation of Niemeyer

12/31/12

An Appreciation of Niemeyer

Brazilian architecture is devoted to Niemeyer. How does that effect the architecture of the country as a whole?

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A New Humanism: Part 4

12/28/12

A New Humanism: Part 4

Natural selection: the “pleasure” of winning, surviving, prospering

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Fire Storm

12/27/12

Fire Storm

Flame-retardant chemicals may be toxic. What can we do to change this?

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Inter-school Collaboration

12/26/12

Inter-school Collaboration

With Empowerhouse, students from various schools have designed a passive home in Washington D.C.

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Christmas Cards

12/25/12

Christmas Cards

Design firms can wish everyone a happy holiday with an e-card, and make their environmental footprint a little bit smaller.

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Q&A: Patricia Moore

12/24/12

Q&A: Patricia Moore

When we published a Metropolis issue on Access in 1992, we were optimistic about the positive changes the Americans with Disabilities Act would bring to the designed environment. Signed into law by president Bush the elder two years earlier, the ADA was a hopeful expansion of civil rights, promising to include citizens with disabilities, in all that America offers. Considerate design was to be at the heart of this momentous social change. Well, it didn’t quite turn out to be that momentous. Compliance to the law seemed to wipe out the possibilities for design thinking about real people’s real needs. Five years earlier we told the story of Patricia Moore, an industrial designer and gerontologist, who as a young woman took aging seriously and set out to experience the...

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Icon or Eyesore? Part 9: Oscar Niemeyer and His Near Miss in North America

12/21/12

Icon or Eyesore? Part 9: Oscar Niemeyer and His Near Miss in North America

What could have been built if Niemeyer's carreer had been different? Two architects imagine the possibilities.

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The Southern Porch that Knows no Bounds

12/20/12

The Southern Porch that Knows no Bounds

An investigation of the roles the Charleston piazza plays in historic Southern architecture.

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A New Humanism: Part 3

12/19/12

A New Humanism: Part 3

What do our human origins have to do with the built environment?

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Q&A: designLAB

12/18/12

Q&A: designLAB

designLAB rennovated a Paul Rudolph building at UMass Dartmouth, and we interviewed them about how they dealt with making changes to a historic structure.

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Condo Living

12/17/12

Condo Living

Mies Van Der Rohe's 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (c/o Wayne Andrews/Esto) The subtitle of Matthew Gordon Lasner’s High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century might suggest a story of determined residential heterodoxy. Could this book be about the rare, defiantly urban souls opting for the sleek new high-rise as the rest of the old neighborhood packs up for the suburbs? Indeed, for a time that was true, but the real story is nowhere near as simple, and a good deal more interesting. Co-operative housing’s (we don’t get to the actual term “condominium” for a while yet) pattern of growth roughly paralleled that of the schedule one controlled substance; pioneered by the rich, it soon caught on among the urban poor, and finally grew...

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Highlights of Design Miami 2012

12/14/12

Highlights of Design Miami 2012

A review of furniture and decor from Design Miami 2012.

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Q&A: David Schafer

12/14/12

Q&A: David Schafer

Artists look at how 3D printing can be used to create abstracted works of fine art.

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Architects and the Public Health Imperative

12/13/12

Architects and the Public Health Imperative

The American Institute of Architects is committed to creating solutions for public health.

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Waterfronts and Preservation: Are They at Odds?

12/12/12

Waterfronts and Preservation: Are They at Odds?

Red Hook flooded photo courtesy The Brownstoner Whether you call her Hurricane, Superstorm, or Frankenstorm, Sandy has brought devastation, destruction, and lasting change to our waters’ edge. Across New York City and the tri-state region, neighborhoods glimpsed the climate change forecast--massive flooding, storm surges, and rising seas. With lives lost and billions in damages, it’s safe to say our communities will never be the same. Into this new reality comes a renewed vigor for finding new ways to cope. In New York City we’re hearing about many different solutions including storm barriers, oyster reefs, and waterfront parks--and as many political opinions. Some of these ideas treat water as something to keep at bay, working like the Dutch to build...

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I am a Climate Refugee

12/12/12

I am a Climate Refugee

A refugee from Hurricane Sandy discusses climate-related issues that will plague costal cities in the future.

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A New Humanism: Part 2

12/12/12

A New Humanism: Part 2

Experience: What is it like to be there?

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Encourage Raw Brilliance!

12/11/12

Encourage Raw Brilliance!

The founder of Project H Design writes about her experience in teaching design.

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The Green Team Part 6:  The DIRT on Holiday Plant History

12/11/12

The Green Team Part 6: The DIRT on Holiday Plant History

Fun Facts to Light Up Your Holiday Season!

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Metropolis Tour: Brilliant Simplicity

12/10/12

Metropolis Tour: Brilliant Simplicity

An update about the various events that Metropolis is a part of.

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Young Talent Shines

12/08/12

Young Talent Shines

A young designer discusses his work.

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The Verdict is In

12/07/12

The Verdict is In

Ada Louise Huxtable is one of the greatest architecture critics of our time.

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The Ocean Wins, Again

12/07/12

The Ocean Wins, Again

We all need to rethink development along coastlines.

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Industry Buzzwords Get you Thinking

12/07/12

Industry Buzzwords Get you Thinking

Changing workplaces require flexible, open environments.

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A New Humanism: Part 1

12/06/12

A New Humanism: Part 1

A look at how evolved human biology interacts with the environment.

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Icon or Eyesore? Part 8: Energy Out the Window

12/05/12

Icon or Eyesore? Part 8: Energy Out the Window

Glazed concrete can be a complicated material to restore, and it's present in many brutalist buildings.

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Progress Ahead

12/04/12

Progress Ahead

What role does a local market play in bringing communities together?

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Q&A: Laurie Olin

12/03/12

Q&A: Laurie Olin

What role do landscape architects play in national security?

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