Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2006
Philip Johnson on Power, Modern Architecture, and the Guggenheim Bilbao
In his verbal sparring match with Philip Nobel, reprinted below, Philip Johnson reveals his method for determining if a building is great architecture.
Would the new Urban Glass House have made Philip Johnson cry?
In Cyprus, Manifesta 6 Is Just A Symptom
The cancellation of the international art show is just one way the Greek Cypriot republic is perpetuating a cultural catastrophe.
Did a recurring clash of cultures halt the plans for an international art festival?
A limited number of the California Modern designer’s original furnishings are again available through a Brooklyn retailer.
A periodic review of Web sites and blogs.
After more than half a century of stagnation, the Eternal City lives up to its name and makes peace with Modern architecture.
The runners-up in this year’s Next Generation® Design Competition aim to build a better world.
More information on people, places, and products covered in this issue of Metropolis.
Jason Prior embodies a growing trend in place making: the merging of landscape architecture and urban planning. Trained in both professions, Prior heads EDAW’s European operations out of the London office and spearheaded the planning effort behind the city’s successful bid last year for the 2012 Olympics. The scheme—seen largely as an upset—was smartly packaged, presenting the International Olympic Committee…
“Material for your dreams,” reads a page of the press materials for Durat, a polyester-based surface material made by Tonester Ltd. in Rymättylä, Finland. This may be an enticing statement, but Durat is in fact pretty much the opposite: a material mostly used for the eminently practical business of kitchens and bathrooms. Fortunately, the smooth durable plastic meets the needs…
One design juror’s adventures on the sustainability circuit.
An audio tour highlights environmental hazards along California’s Interstate 5.
A Columbia University professor brings modern design to postwar Afghanistan.
Rowena Dring renders large-scale landscapes one stitch at a time.
A Manhattan design firm’s new office ensures employee happiness with domestic touches.
Kasper Salto’s table for Fritz Hansen responds to today’s mobile work habits.
Stylish, clever, and eco-friendly objects bring a touch of class to the office.
Allsteel’s Relate has modular parts that can be changed or replaced to create an entirely new chair.
Haworth’s new CEO brings a European sensibility to a traditional Midwestern company with increasingly global aspirations.
In Copenhagen, two OMA alums create an ingenious housing complex with a staggering variety of apartment layouts.
Calling all aficionados of “locative media practice”—the editors and contributors of Else/Where: Mapping (shout-outs to our own Peter Hall, coeditor, and Stephen Zacks, contributor) have assembled dozens of noteworthy new media-mapping projects into one sprawling tome. With offerings as diverse as examinations of the globalization of football to the swarming patterns of pigeons, an infectious enthusiasm guides the way. July…