Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2006

 

Bursting Out

Using digital technology, architects Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier break free from the conventional box that has long defined prefab houses.

The Path to Platinum

After 25 years spent practicing sustainable architecture, BNIM earns the highest rating under LEED—a tool the Kansas City firm’s own efforts helped to create.

Flight of Fancy

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, it is a plane—kind of. For this year’s Swarovski Crystal Palace, Hussein Chalayan, a Turkish-born British fashion designer with a mechanical bent, contributed an aluminum-and-fiberglass wing with a 13-foot span. And just like a real airplane wing, it has a trailing-edge flap, which opens and closes “meditatively” to reveal a glowing crystal-studded LED…

Great White Hope

Spend any time listening to LED-industry experts talk about the little semiconductor’s huge promise, and you’ll soon believe it is the solution to the world’s problems.

Like a Praayer

Like its namesake, the Maantis light, from Richard Rogers Partnership and Italian manufacturer Reggiani, has a strange shape. Instead of oversize front legs and a triangular head (that can turn 180 degrees!), the hybrid system has a pair of fluorescent tubes shaded by polycarbonate wings, ambient LEDs along its spine, and an adjustable spot lamp (that can turn 180 degrees!)….

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