Daniela Morell

Looking for a Restaurant in Downtown Chicago?

Every year Chicago stakes a new claim on America’s dining map. In repurposed architectural spaces, indoors and out, large plates and small, the Windy City just keeps getting tastier. Check out our listings online and be sure to pick up your own copy of Taste of the Town at NeoCon.

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Thermal Regulation

Charles Lee is using nature to inspire his designs even as he marches into digital territory. The 2008 Next Generation runner up will be presenting his paper “ The Thermal Organism and Architecture” at the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture’s (ADACIA) conference, Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation (October 16–19). Lee is focused on the notion that buildings…

Growing Full Steam Ahead

Chris Reed has a lot going on these days. A runner up in the 2004 Next Generation competition for Phyto-Harvesting: the new civic garden, his firm Stoss Landscape Urbanism was recently named a finalist in the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. The firm was also honored by the Edra/Places Awards for a planning proposal for the Lower Don Lands in…

Looking for a Bar in Wicker Park or Nearby?

The Violet Hour UPSCALE LOUNGE 1520 N Damen Ave 773-252-1500 theviolethour.com The extravagantly upscale lounge, colored in a serene blue and gray palette, features crown molding, crystal chandeliers, and high-backed leather chairs that designer Thomas Schlesser created especially to provide a private experience. When it comes to the delicious cocktails, no detail has been overlooked. The bartenders have eight kinds…

High Flying Design

Joseph Cory looks up for inspiration. From that vertical mentality came i-Rise, with collaborator Eyal Malka, which was a runner up in the 2007 Next Generation® Design Competition. With a new 1:20 scale model of the i-Rise on hand Cory is showing the world his vision of architecture for the future, which takes to heart issues of land use, energy…

Turning Poetry into Material

Abhinand Lath has transformed the solid wall into a glimmering surface that responds to movements and colors around it. His company, SensiTile, makes panels from optic light channels that are embedded in concrete. The result, inspired by an eleventh century Japanese poem about sunlight streaming through a bamboo forest, is a visually kinetic surface. An inventor, Lath is an electrical…

Shelter from Taliesin to Manila

Lira Luis, runner up in the 2004 Next Generation® Design Competition for Portable Transient Shelter Pods, is chairing the digital visualization exhibit for the Taliesin 75th anniversary reunion, November 8-12 at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. The event celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic initiation of the Taliesin architecture school in 1932, which started off with twenty-three apprentices in Spring Green,…

Shipbuilding Technology Brings Hydro Wall Out of the Computer

When Virginia San Fratello won the 2006 Next Generation® Design Competition for her Hydro Wall, she told us that the biggest challenge to realizing the project would be getting it out of the computer. The complex rolling forms of the wall needed to be high functioning—harvesting rainwater to insulate the building and provide useful gray water—and they needed to look…

Two Water Meters for Conservation

Two seperate Japanese design competitions inspired similar domestic water meters from young inventors on opposite sides of the globe. Yu Guoqun is an industrial designer in China who won a Silver Prize in the Nagoya Design Do! 2006 competition for iSave, which was also a runner up in the Metropolis 2007 Next Generation® Design Competition. After the project appeared in…

A Piece of the Piezoelectric Pie

The idea that human motion can contribute back to the power grid is intriguing. So it’s natural to ask if, and how, the energy produced by our bodies in motion could contribute to our electricity needs. This notion seems to have been in the air when Metropolis called for entries to its 2007 Next Generation Design Competition on the theme…

Urban Solutions from the Creator of egoLOGICAL City

What does an upscale residential project in La Jolla have to do with supportive housing in Baltimore? Ask Kuo Pao Lian whose passion for urbanism won him and co-entrant Shelby Morris recognition as runners-up in the 2004 Next Generation competition for egoLOGICAL city. Lian, along with his wife and partner Pavlina Ilieva, recently moved to San Diego to work with…

Seattle’s Shore Revisited

It’s not everyday that a comprehensive new vision for the urban fabric has an opportunity to blossom into reality, but a recent vote in Seattle has brought the dream that much closer for Cary Moon, Julie Parrett, and Grant Cogswell of the People’s Waterfront Coalition. “We were a runner up the first year for our alternative vision for Seattle’s downtown…

Keeping Up with The Living

The prolific design team of David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang known as The Living are keeping busy with their new projects that utilize open source design and responsive architecture. The pair— runners up in both the 2005 and 2006 Next Generation® Design Competitions with their projects Living Glass and River Glow respectively—recently participated in Postopolis, the event hosted by design-savvy…

Redesigning the Design Competition

Good design is being put to a new test as the necessity of attending to the human impact on the environment grows. Yet design competitions by and large have not risen to the task of creating new evaluation standards. The IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Awards is filling that gap by recognizing interiors that are not only healthy and sustainable but also…

Martha Stewart Goes Experimental

Martha Stewart, queen of the creative home, is also a patron of experimental furniture. To offer her huge range of products, Stewart employs an arsenal of designers—a number of whom she culls from the Rhode Island School of Design(RISD). To enhance this relationship, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia presents Input/Output: Experimental Furniture, an exhibition of RISD student and alumni work from…