Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2008

 

Health and Welfare Trends in Healthcare Design

Course# Met111 This course is AIA/CES registered for 1LU / HSW. The design of a healthcare facility has an impact on health and wellbeing of both patients and doctors. The Bloorview Kids Rehab center in Toronto, ON, and the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL are two beautiful examples of facilities where design moves promote healing. The articles “Health and…

Open Book

Graphic Thought Facility is the subject, and designer, of a new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jeffrey Bernett

Jeffrey Bernett answers a few questions on industrial design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.

Winning Lap

­Indianapolis hopes to make its cultural mark with a bike-and-pedestrian path that loops through the heart of town.

Pocket Pads

­As concerns about the environment grow, a few architects are betting that buyers will want radically smaller homes.

The Naked and the Dutch

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, a.k.a. the Naked Chef, recently landed in hot water when he shilled for his own kitchen utensils on his weekly cooking show. Fortunately, his latest collection, by Dutch design firm Ontwerpwerk, lets the minimalist products—including melamine mixing bowls and colanders that are matte on the outside and glossy on the inside—speak for themselves. April 1,…

Behind the Curtains

In preparation for the opening of a new chain of boutique hotels, Starwood turns to the Rockwell Group to create a full-scale mock- up of that classic American icon: the roadside motel.

Dust Bin

Just 12 years old, Umbra’s Garbino garbage can is already in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Now there’s another reason to love Karim Rashid’s ubiquitous design: it’s being manufactured with an additive that turns the plastic into dust after less than 20 years in a landfill. Garbini, the smaller pencil-cup version, goes one better with a…

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