Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2008

 

Indigenous Design

Architecture in the twenty-first century can be intensely local—but only if we stop, look, and understand site and regional conditions.

Case Study

Fellow wheelchair user Ralf Hotchkiss taught our author the importance of local resources, the value of low-tech, and the true meaning of sustainability.

Delirious Beijing

Beijing's unique set of circumstances has combined to create the most insane building boom in the history of man.

A unique set of circumstances has combined to create the most insane building boom in the history of man.

Hot Property

In order to build himself a glass house, an Austin architect had to navigate the feverish politics of the city’s real estate market.

Back to Basics

Manufacturing is still more relevant to long-term economic development than glitzy museums or massive sports stadiums.

Saint Brad

With his Make It Right project in New Orleans, Pitt may be on his way to becoming architecture’s most important patron. Is architecture up for the challenge?

Bringing it Home

Localism is an American tradition that goes back pretty much to the Declaration of Independence: the right to make one’s own laws, to be self-governed, to pay taxes only as it benefits one’s community. It is in some ways a deeply con­serv­­ative tendency, siding with the familiar symbols of the tribe and its beliefs, practices, and site-specific references against the…

Made in the USA

Contrary to popular belief, American manufacturing jobs haven’t all been shipped over-seas. Utilizing better design and state-of-the-art technology, the sector has actually grown.

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