Cities

Peddling a Fiction

How should New Yorkers greet the news that the United States Olympic Committee last week selected our city as the American candidate to host the 2012 summer games? With a great deal of skepticism, a sigh of relief upon realizing this is only the first hurdle for local Olympic boosters, and an obvious question: how can a city facing multi-billion…

42nd Street Subway Station’s Supergraphics

At 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, for example, all trains are stopping on the express track so that workers can finish retiling the walls. The station is scheduled for completion in December. Squire J. Vickers designed the Independent System (IND) in 1925 and, according to architectural historian John Kriskiewicz, its Machine Age aesthetic represented a design departure for Vickers, the…

Miami’s Hidden Metropolis

This past October Metropolis was invited to Miami, to celebrate the 2002 release of Design Is… Words, Things, People, Buildings, and Places, the first book produced by the magazine. Hosted by Kartell at their new showroom in the Miami Design District, the evening was a mixture of design, culture, and fun. Guests mingled while Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis Editor in…

Looking Up at 55 Water Street

New York City is filled with privately owned public parks and plazas provided by real estate developers in exchange for permission to build taller skyscrapers. More a business tactic than a public service, these exchanges are often grudging concessions, the price of building huge amounts of rental space on a crowded island. No wonder, then, that the city’s public spaces…