Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2006
Berlin’s Art Community Fights to Save East German Architectural Icon
Germany’s Bundestag will soon decide whether to save or demolish Berlin’s Palast der Republik, a popular space among young artists and theater troupes.
Berlin’s art community fights to save an East German architectural icon.
Review: The Ins and Outs of Pixar at the MoMA
Museum-goers are given a glimpse into the pioneering processes of Pixar Animation Studios at a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Museum-goers are given a glimpse into the pioneering processes of Pixar Animation Studios.
Laying the foundation for more sensitivity within a community’s public spaces.
“I don’t ever talk about this,” says Jonathan Ive, attempting to describe the deep working relationship his team has developed over the years. “I don’t think anyone would understand.” As head of design at Apple, he is arguably the most influential product designer in America, if not the world. But he is shy and soft-spoken, with closely cropped hair and…
The first move in restaurant design is almost always a spatial one: the parameters of the box—the stage set, if you will—must be defined before visual themes begin to emerge. At Nobu 57, the Rockwell Group inherited an awkward but highly public location on West 57th Street—home to a former ski shop on the ground floor and, according to Rockwell,…
A new book by Kyong Park looks for signs of rebirth in destruction.
Ricard Vila’s Otto Desk for Do+Ce
David Rockwell helped create the phenomenon of destination dining. Now his firm brings its unique brand of stagecraft to Nobu 57.
A design-build workshop creates mobile units for a roving arts organization.
When architects put themselves into the same category as art personalities and ignore in every way that their art touches the world, it’s not socially responsible. It has a bad physical effect.
Visionary thinking requires optimism. Why bother reaching for the stars if you’re convinced we’re all headed straight to hell? These days genuine optimism is in short supply for a very good reason. We may in fact all be headed for some earthly purgatory involving impending global calamity. So how do we proceed? (Passivity and nihilism are not options.) We think…
A small Southern company offers manufacturers a choice for keeping carpet out of landfills.
Traditionally buildings are used to give meaning to the city. I think that role can increasingly be assumed by landscape.
John Thackara, former director of the Netherlands Design Institute, has spent the past decade championing smart design with a conference series, Web site, and global network—based in Amsterdam and Bangalore—called Doors of Perception. Metropolis senior editor Paul Makovsky spoke to Thackara about his latest project, “Designs of the Time (DOTT)”; his new book, In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex…
A designer’s fashions take on the issue of safety.
Talking to Pliny Fisk III—one of the pioneers of the sustainable-design movement—is both inspiring and confounding. In any given sitting Fisk might discuss bio-regional mapping, fly ash concrete, cybernetics, and E.F. Schumacher all in the same dizzying context. It’s difficult to grasp, but that’s because he isn’t following a conventional approach. For him the planet’s prosperity is inextricably linked to…
In 2000 I stumbled upon a book titled The Architecture of Empowerment: People, Shelter and Livable Cities on the disorderly bookshelves of Metropolis and was immediately captivated. Published a few years earlier and edited by Egyptian architect Ismaïl Serageldin, then vice president for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development at the World Bank, it seemed like the perfect antidote to the…
In renovating their condo two Atlanta architects honored the building’s Modern heritage.
Bursting the Zaha Bubble: Ordrupgaard Museum a Failure of Form
Our columnist's first visit to a Zaha Hadid project—a museum addition to the Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen—produces some uneasy feelings.
A visit to Hadid’s latest project—a museum addition to the Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen—produces some uneasy feelings.
Is MoMA’s worshipful approach to objects appropriate for security?