Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2008
Philadelphia, a city of tiny row houses, might be just the place to build a new version of the American dream: green and affordable.
Manufacturers and designers experiment with virtual retailing, synthetic materials, and other simulations and imitations of reality.
The 2007 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments award winners may, once and for all, blow apart the widely held belief that clients don’t care about green design. These clients specifically wanted buildings and interiors that would be good for their workers’ health and well-being—and, incidentally, their bottom lines. These five spaces represent such diverse interests as the U.S. government, a condo developer,…
A new software tool helps citizens visualize their cities’ eco-efforts.
Young architects capture light in a crowded Tokyo neighborhood by curving a house toward the sun.
Zurich-based Shagal | Interdisciplinary Office for Design, Architecture & Arts prides itself on being a zero-waste company—even to the point of adopting secondhand collateral for their own calling cards. “We receive so much paper every day,” cofounder Siamak Shahneshin says. “We thought, Why not reuse it in a way that would portray our office?” Shagal isn’t the first firm to…
The AIGA’s efforts to improve the way we vote are finally gaining some political traction.
As rendered, a strangely organic yet unfamiliar form stretches across a valley on Russia’s Lake Ladoga and sweeps down into the water, seeming to take a deep breath along the way. This unconventional structure is London-based Chetwood Associates’ attempt to shift the definition of a wind-energy source. “We want to concentrate and capture the wind to get a much more…
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Why are sustainable ideas rarely recognized by mainstream design awards programs?
A new exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum depicts Eero Saarinen as an architect way ahead of his time.
EcoDomo’s new tiles are made in South America from BMW car-seat scraps, then hand-stitched by Amish artisans.
An environmental learning center—nestled into a rustic 250-acre nature preserve—plays a dual role as symbol and teaching tool.
A graduate program at the School of Visual Arts trains the next generation of design critics.
Two young architects bring a down-to-earth brand of tropical Modernism to the balmy Mexican coast.
By teaming its architecture and interiors divisions from the outset, SOM raises the bar on green building.
A telecom giant courts public approval with artful, technically innovative tower designs.
SANAA’s New Museum makes compelling use of an elemental form.
Jonathan Olivares’s Smith is a file cabinet, stool, and table—all in one.
Evo Design’s new kitchenware line is made from recycled plastic.