Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine November 2008
A glimpse inside the contemporary American workplace finds a solitude eerily reminiscent of Edward Hopper.
The Long View: James Corner & Landscape’s Postindustrial Potential
By embracing the city’s industrial past—reclaiming landfills, brownfields, neglected waterfronts—James Corner has helped to reinvent landscape architecture.
By embracing the city’s industrial past—reclaiming landfills, remediating brownfields, developing neglected waterfronts—James Corner has helped reinvent the field of landscape architecture.
Patrizia Moroso answers a few questions on industrial design, education, and inspiration—using her thumbs.
For three decades Steven Holl has used watercolors—drawn each morning, before the deadlines kick in—as a springboard toward the creation of architecture.
A Lesson from Eero: Make Your Office A Creative Cauldron
Why the long-gone Saarinen office is now more important than ever.
Why the long-gone Saarinen office is now more important than ever
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design
A New Jersey–based medical-technology company unites under a green roof.
In Japan a “sharp cone” answers a young family’s divergent needs.
An undulating design by West 8 gives Toronto access to its waterfront.
Maya Lin marks Lewis and Clark’s westward journey by undoing some of the environmental damage that followed in their wake.
Freecom’s pocket-size storage device comes in a supple rubber case by Sylvain Willenz.
After more than 100 years of indifference and indecision, New York’s most famous traffic circle is finally finished.
Dessau is one of several German cities testing creative solutions for urban depopulation.
Kansas architecture students haul a prefab arts center across the state to a tornado-ravaged town.
Iconic Workplace: Eero Saarinen and Associates
The young architects in Saarinen’s office—Robert Venturi, Kevin Roche, Cesar Pelli—reshaped postwar America. Today they reflect on what they learned from the master.
Inspired by Saarinen’s drive to “do more,” the young architects in his office reshaped postwar America. Today their approach to problem-solving offers important lessons.
Critics of the Museum of Arts and Design missed the real point of the building.
For designers at work, only the best will do.
A spirited survey of recent buildings around the world, Strike a Pose: Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces (Gestalten, $89) takes its title and organizational conceit from snatches of pop lyrics. You can read co-editor Lukas Feireiss’s heady argument for the metaphorical connection between music and architecture in the book’s preface. But feel free to skip right to the show-stopping projects…
A vacation home on the Spanish coast uses tile as a decorative and porous surface.
Whether the shift away from ornate forms is merely part of the pendulum swing of taste or a response to the recent call for the “super normal,” there is no shortage of understated design hitting the market. Fortunately, many of these low-profile pieces are also standout examples of ex-quisite detailing and craftsmanship, such as Matthias Weber’s Ono chair for Dietiker,…