Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2008
The Austrian-American architect and theorist Frederick Kiesler produced thousands of drawings over his decades-long career, but almost no realized structures. Perusing the exhibition Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities—a collection of his work on view at the Drawing Center, in New York, until July 24—it’s not hard to see why. Kiesler displays little to no interest in actual things in physical space. Instead,…
Architectural education meets urban poverty in a TV series based on a design-build program at Tulane University.
It was one of those amorphous programs that are either the boon or bane of young architects’ practices, depending on your perspective. The developer of a high-end condo building in Wilmington, Delaware, wanted a dry cleaner’s storefront to look sleeker than average. It approached local firm arQitecture with no real direction, and with almost no budget. “They weren’t really expecting…
In perhaps his last project, Norway’s Sverre Fehn adds on to a building by his nineteenth-century predecessor.
New and notable DVDs on architecture, culture, and design
By integrating with the landscape, a Toronto ecology center becomes a living lesson in sustainable design.
A new book on driving behavior looks at one of the banes of contemporary existence.
answers a few questions on architecture, education, and inspiration—using her thumbs.
Kieran Timberlake’s Cellophane House takes the mass and the production out of mass production.
Up for grabs since 2003, Finn Juhl’s residence is now part of an unusual museum complex.
The world’s largest color LED display gets its power—and symbolism—from photovoltaic cells embedded in a glass curtain wall.
Lara Bohinc’s new jewelry shop embraces its dark side, with help from an unusual plastic.
The American Institute of Architects challenges its members to improve the built environment for all. Is the profession prepared to respond?
Fresh design talent takes over the City of Light.
Part of what makes Tony Chi so very good at—and famously opinionated about—designing restaurants are the years he spent
owning and operating them.
Woven into a rare stand of trees, Hiroshi Nakamura’s apartment building offers business travelers a place to land.
Eli Broad wields his vast fortune like a blunt instrument—buying art, hiring architects, and shaping L.A. through a mix of civic vision and force of will.
In Praise of Polshek Partnership Architects, the “Style-less” Firm
A daring new building—the New York branch of André Balazs’s Standard Hotel chain—by one of our quietly great firms shouldn’t really come as a surprise.
A daring new building by one of our quietly great firms shouldn’t really come as a surprise.
Buckminster Fuller’s colleagues and admirers talk about his legacy as an inventor, a technocrat, and a sustainable pioneer.
Modular legs elevate Björn Kersting’s Crescendo C2 Maximus desk from child’s play to serious business.