Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2013

 

Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People

In January of 2008, with a thousand dollars, a laptop and an outsized conviction that design can change the world, rising San Francisco-based product designer and activist Emily Pilloton launched Project H Design, a radical non-profit that supports, inspires and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design. Urgent and optimistic, a compendium and a call to action, Design Revolution is easily the…

Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism

Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism–or "public-interest architecture"–that might function akin to public-interest law or medicine by expanding architecture's all too often elite client…

Chasing The Perfect: Thoughts On Modernist Design In Our Time

In Chasing the Perfect writer/designer Natalia Ilyin delivers her astute, incisive and humorous observations on design and the world it has molded. Chasing the Perfect is especially relevant in our times as interest in graphic, industrial and architectural design moves more and more into mainstream culture. Each of the ten chapters features Ilyin's accessible and often hilarious writing, which is…

Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses To Humanitarian Crises

The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like…

Looking At Los Angeles

Loved, hated, revered, scorned, real, imagined: this is Los Angeles. Looking at Los Angeles is a fascinating journey into the center of the city's heart and soul. Pictured within its pages is a Los Angeles of powerful dreams and startling realities. Editors Marla Hamburg Kennedy and Ben Stiller have gathered pictorial representations of Los Angeles from the last three-quarters of…

The Uncommon Life Of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday

What makes us love our things? Why do we attach certain sentiments to certain items? How is it that sometimes objects can tell stories more eloquently than people? These are questions explored and answered in The Uncommon Life of Common Objects. Author Akiko Busch devotes a chapter to each of 12 common objects, and discusses her and others' experiences that…

Robert Polidori's Metropolis

Not only is he one of the world's preeminent architecture photographers, Robert Polidori is also–as his popular book Havana proved–a master of urban portraiture. This monograph combines the eye of a celebrated photographer with the distinctive voice of an artist and adventurer. Each breathtaking image–meticulously selected by the photographer from his own personal archive–is accompanied by a compelling first person…

Making the Financial Argument for Green

The 2010 Metropolis Conference @ ICFF: Design Entrepreneurs: What’s Next
Sponsored by ASID, Dornbracht, and Interiors from Spain
John Williams, teacher at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation and HDR Engineering’s senior vice president of sustainable development and Lydia Berger also of HDR, offer useful pointers on how to convince your clients that green design is profitable design. What’s your next step in communicating green value and values?

Lord Foster Takes Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion Car for a Spin

A former student of Fuller's, architect Norman Foster set out to recreate the eccentric engineer's stab at automotive design.

Norman Foster is not an easy architect to get on the phone. We’ve covered a number of Foster + Partners’ projects in the past, and requests for interviews with the boss were often met with “Lord Foster is traveling in Asia” or “out of the office until the end of the month.” So, while reporting on Foster’s remake of Bucky…

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