The danger of Jacobs’s legacy lies with developers who co-opt her ideas to justify their megaprojects.
Arts + Culture
An early Metropolis editor looks back on two decades of New York architecture.
For years New Yorkers were much more likely to work in glass towers than live in them. No more.
Our author ruminates on a year spent as a visionary in residence.
Should one architect—even the world’s most famous architect—be responsible for all of the buildings in two massive developments?
The events of 9/11 brought architecture center stage—an unprecedented opportunity—but was it “good for the profession”?
This cheerful computer gave apt form to Apple’s personable interface—and forever changed our standards for technology.
Is MoMA’s worshipful approach to objects appropriate for security?
Graphic Designer Paula Scher Maps an Atlas of the World
The exhibition “Paula Scher: The Maps”—on view at New York’s Maya Stendhal Gallery—presents twelve painstakingly detailed map paintings.
In the early 1990s, renowned graphic designer Paula Scher began painting small, opinionated maps—colorful depictions of continents and regions, covered from top to bottom by a scrawl of words. Within a few years, the maps grew larger and more elaborate. “I began painting these things sort of in a silly way,” Scher, a partner at the Pentagram design firm, said…
Creating a restaurant inside the new MoMA required acts of imagination—and diplomacy.
In May, two days before the Seattle Central Library’s official opening, the building’s architect, Rem Koolhaas, discussed the structure with Metropolis contributing editor Christopher Hawthorne. The interview took place in a staff conference room on the library’s 11th floor; the room’s floor-to-ceiling interior windows offered an exceptionally good view of the building’s dramatic, open central core, and, through windows on…
The stout and utilitarian subway bench may be one of the best pieces of design in New York’s public realm.
The new Whole Foods store inside the Time Warner Center offers New Yorkers something truly unique: space.
In the automotive world, brand identity seems to have taken a clear second place to plain, old-fashioned copying.
A look back at a classic MoMA show on taxi design reveals the sorry state of today’s fleet.
Superstudio: The Architecture Collective That Influenced a Generation
The conceptual works by Italian avant-garde architecture collective Superstudio influenced a generation of architects, from Zaha Hadid to Rem Koolhaas.
A bearded hippy wearing only his underpants emerges from what appears to be a subterranean concrete bunker. He’s followed by a shaggy man in overalls, a topless woman with long hair, and another, and another, like clowns from a Volkswagen. A voiceover informs us that these people are leaving behind an “indescribably large house…with all the possible comforts, and with…
New York’s flashing—and literal—street signs have gone the way of the Automat.
For decades, Yale’s voice of architecture wasn’t an architect.
Why do automakers doing the least interesting design talk about it the most?
The former enfant terrible is veering dangerously close to self-parody.