Claire Levenson

Reference Page: February 2011

Quick-Fix Urbanism One of the wildest examples of the new airport-centered cities described by Greg Lindsay in his and John D. Kasarda’s book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, is New Songdo City, in South Korea. When it’s completed in 2015, it will be the largest private real-estate development in history and, according to http://www.songdo.com, will boast “the wide boulevards…

Reference Page: November 2010

A Place to Rest Your Head (and Empty Your Wallet) Thanks to Ikea, furniture has cute Swedish names like Malm (a dresser) and Vanvik (a bed). The Scandinavian-name craze has trickled down to the feet. Tretorn, a preppy shoemaker that got its start producing tires and tennis balls, now calls its sneakers Skymra and its rubber boots Längya. According to…

Reference Page: September 2010

Urban Outfitters Inflatable icebergs are the design world’s latest answer to ugly vacant lots. But before the recession, downtown Manhattan had come up with another idea: “Re:Construction, a public-art initiative. One of its most popular projects is “Walking Men 99”, in which the Israeli artist Maya Barkai wrapped pictures of 99 pedestrian-traffic-light icons around the construction fences at 99 Church…