Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2011
With three recent university projects, a California firm remakes the humble school cafeteria.
Are airports really the key to 21st-century economic development?
Quick-Fix Urbanism One of the wildest examples of the new airport-centered cities described by Greg Lindsay in his and John D. Kasarda’s book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, is New Songdo City, in South Korea. When it’s completed in 2015, it will be the largest private real-estate development in history and, according to http://www.songdo.com, will boast “the wide boulevards…
In rural Norway, Todd Saunders conjures the hidden beauty and buried history of a seemingly unremarkable site.
The architect talks about her love of details, her favorite pro-bono project, and the office mascot.
WEB www.ifdesign.com Among the 43 medical devices selected for this year’s iF product-design awards in Hannover, Germany, three in particular should help consumers age in comfort and style. Paint-dipped canes by the New York company Omhu come in six glossy colors inspired by Scandinavian furniture, bicycles, hockey sticks, and skateboards. The ReSound Alera wireless hearing aid uses proprietary technology that…
A new portable HIV diagnostic device promises to save thousands of lives in AIDS-stricken Africa.
DESIGNERS Studio Job www.studiojob.nl Studio Job’s gilded new monograph, The Book of Job (Rizzoli, $150), is really two books bound together. One side is what you’d expect from the Dutch provocateurs: a greatest hits of their heroically scaled, multilayered design-art, like the bronze Robber Baron series, which invites comparison between the 19th-century quasicriminal plutocrats and the deep pockets who buy…
The agency’s new offices—a model of sustainable design—are also something else: a tool to remake its formally hidebound culture.
A London retail interior mixes high fashion, rustic masonry, and aggressive energy efficiency.
MS&R combines smart, commonsense approaches to green design with an attention to user experience to create a neighborhood beacon.
In its first completed project, a young architecture firm considers the needs of a retired Japanese couple.
The creator of the Googleplex in Silicon Valley and the infamous ChiatDay offices continues his radical reinvention of the global workplace.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design
This year’s winners expand the definition of sustainable design to include human health and well-being.
Metropolis is a source of thoughtful content, a respected voice in the design world, and it lends credibility when it comments. Therefore, I was surprised to see your review of the recent book by Marilyn Neuhart, The Story of Eames Furniture (“Extreme Eames,” by Paul Makovsky, December 2010, p. 28). I also recognize that reading a publisher’s hype versus 800…
The country’s designers continue to craft products with emotional and physical appeal.
On a historic campus in Virginia, the future of architecture is being built on a solid foundation.
The world’s largest cities are failing in their historic role of providing opportunities for upward mobility.
Nicola Stattmann designs a line of comfy, stylish footwear that protects diabetic feet.