Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2007

 

The Global Contract

The raging, unregulated world economy is now one we all share. How we reconcile that with the threats facing us will be the moral and technological dilemma of our time.

Getting Warmer

To celebrate October’s Fire Prevention Week, the Home Depot and the Arnell Group are eschewing firemen calendars (and other hot ephemera) for a more useful project. Their Home Hero fire extinguisher is a simple, sleek, and ergonomic upgrade of the clunky 150-year-old device that nobody actually seems to own. “We needed to make something that people would be proud to…

From Vacant to Verdant

Brooklyn is officially 8,000 square feet greener this month. Next Generation 2005 runner-up XS Space, with Balmori Associates, has created a landscape of gently rolling hills and flowering trees in one of the borough’s empty lots. Called Urban Meadow, the park was meant to be temporary, but the community fell in love and the NYC Parks Department let it put…

The Lay of the Land

There’s something different about Iceland, and it’s not just throat singing or reindeer. Two recent projects—a topographical blanket from the collective Vík Prjónsdóttir and High Plane (top), an Arctic installation created by Katrín Sigurðardóttir (bottom)—point to the singular landscape as a fruitful preoccupation of the country’s artists and designers. Vík Prjónsdóttir’s Iceland-centric endeavors include the blanket, which renders the island’s…

Forget the Golden Arches

This month the MIT Press is reissuing White Towers, Paul Hirshorn and Steven Izenour’s 1979 tribute to the defunct hamburger chain, which for decades churned out elegant variations on a surpassingly simple architectural theme: white building, single tower, no nonsense. Charles Johnson, the company’s architect for more than 40 years, called it the “bread-and-butter” design—a model of fast-food efficiency in…

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