Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2007
Paul Goldberger on Our Cell Phones, Our Disconnected Selves
The great offense of the cell phone is the fact that, even when it is being used quietly and discreetly, it renders a public place less public.
The cell phone has changed our sense of place more than faxes, computers, and e-mail.
In a competitive market, condominiums are getting an amenities boost.
Renewable panels get an infusion of brilliant color.
How do we save the Crescent City? Re-create the unique building culture that spawned it.
A new graduate program at London’s Goldsmiths College explores architecture as a tool of social and political practice.
A biomolecular-research center by Behnisch Architects shows off its sustainable features.
A Miami condominium by Chad Oppenheim will be thoroughly sustainable—if the market and the developer can bear it.
Can architecture inspire great science?
Can architecture help produce paradigm-shifting discoveries? A research center by Rafael Viñoly aims to find out what makes scientists—and the human mind—tick.
A Canadian school charts its own path to sustainable design.
A Swiss company deploys a futuristic material in its stylish protective headgear.
With boyish enthusiasm and an ingenious approach to problem solving, Thomas Heatherwick magically merges design, sculpture, and engineering.
The architect and historian completes his epic five-volume survey of the Big Apple.
In his annual valentine, our resident curmudgeon finds—to his mild surprise—an awful lot to like.
Uniqlo hires Japan’s hottest retail designer to apply his distinctive brand of showmanship to the company’s new Soho flagship store.
For the past four winters a kind of sci-fi skid row has sprung up on the temporarily frozen surface of Medicine Lake, in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. This year a humble plywood post office pro-vides a station for writing letters that will actually be mailed. There is a Korean song room with a corrugated roof, and a jutting teahouse…
The number of housing initiatives currently under way in New Orleans is impresssive, but without active federal involvement they fall well short of the urgent need.
A genomic-research center for Harvard and MIT reflects the latest trends in university science buildings.
A glowing wood-grained light box displaying three enlarged family snapshots greets customers at Valley, a women’s boutique and spa that opened last October in New York’s trendy Lower East Side. It’s the most striking element of the rustic aesthetic—reminiscent of a childhood in the San Fernando Valley—that co-owners and sisters Nina and Julia Werman wanted for their new store. With…
Sloan-Kettering’s new cancer-research center finds extra room in the uptown Manhattan sky.