Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2011


Making Do

A new exhibition touts the ingenious resourcefulness of Indian design. But is jugaad good urbanism?

Prep School

A scrappy little organization in downtown Los Angeles provides an alternative path into top architecture schools.


Notable new releases on contemporary architecture, design, and culture.

Material Mimicry

Faux design is in demand. With advances in reproductive-image technologies, workhorse materials like porcelain tile and furniture upholstery can now adopt the look of wood, glass, oxidized metal, and natural fibers. Delicate-looking materials prove durable and easy to clean, and severe-looking seating is unexpectedly plush. Here are six products with surprising trompe l’oeil effects. March 1, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized


Leddy Maytum Stacy’s new Ed Roberts Campus epitomizes the firm’s commitment to socially relevant design.

Small Wonder

Rem Koolhaas and Clément Blanchet outfit a tiny Parisian bistro
with marble, mirrors, and a hint of Hellenistic architecture.

One for the Road

Norman Foster and a team of auto restorers finally realize a roadworthy version of Buckminster Fuller’s legendary (and legendarily flawed) Dymaxion Car.

Shelf Life

The medicine cabinet is a highly useful invention, but it has seen few innovations since man first thought to stash his Band-Aids and prescription- drug bottles behind the bathroom mirror. That finally changed, however, at January’s Maison et Objet, in Paris, where the German manufacturer Authentics exhibited a new line of bathroom accessories by the London design studio Doshi Levien….

American Progress

Seven of our leading young product designers reveal how they’re conquering the tricky global marketplace.

Ones to Watch

WEB Here’s a good lesson for aspiring designers: get used to making things that you will probably never be able to afford. But that was hardly the only real-world lesson to come out of a recent collaboration between Parsons the New School for Design and Tag Heuer, the Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches. Last fall, junior product-design students…

Amy Lau

The interior designer talks about trailblazing mentors, Greek cave houses, and the glories of tequila.