Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2008
By partnering with Autodesk, Pecha Kucha hopes to propel great projects from presentation to reality.
In 2006, when Josh Owen was charged with creating a stool for Casamania, his mind naturally drifted toward what he calls “object typologies.” An associate professor of industrial design at Philadelphia University, Owen takes an assiduously theoretical approach to design, so an assignment to produce a simple stool is never quite that simple. He began by looking at successful examples…
As architectural activists go, Teddy Cruz is a firebrand. His passionate sermons begin with the observation of injustices along the Tijuana–San Diego border, but in his broad geopolitical gloss, urban inequality divides along a global north-south axis associated with immigration between richer and poorer countries. His presentations could be boiled down to a protest against the imbalances created by the…
Seth Hendler-Voss is a principal landscape architect for the city of Asheville, North Carolina, and a founding partner of the Design Corps Summer Studio. Amanda Hendler-Voss is the faith-communities coordinator for Women’s Action for New Directions.
A pair of Dutch artists aims to empower a Cairo community with a fantastically detailed miniature replica.
“The Luisa is one of the great chairs of the twentieth century,” says Brian Kish, a New York–based dealer who specializes in modern Italian furniture. Franco Albini’s 1949 design is one of four that Cassina will reissue this fall as part of its Cassina I Maestri collection. For Kish, the choices represent “Milanese intelligence and refinement at its very best.”…
The idea of incorporating hands-on educational experience with socially responsible design is not a new one, but its cultural currency seems especially relevant today. “When we started this, there were just a few programs going—I could probably count them all on one hand,” says Sergio Palleroni, the cofounder and director of BaSiC Initiative, a multidisciplinary design-build program that for 13…
Erik Van Mehlman, based in Durham, North Carolina, won a design competition to expand the Wake County chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s portfolio of homes. Later, he started Studio B Architecture, a firm specializing in affordable housing.
Recruited by a German nonprofit, disabled workers fashion exquisite housewares.
With the world facing unprecedented challenges, it’s time for the profession to redefine the terms of social engagement.
Jürgen Laub and Markus Jehs remake the teapot into a stylish, ergonomic, and drip-free vessel.
Steve Badanes is the director of the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio, at the University of Washington, and a cofounder of Jersey Devil, a design-build practice specializing in innovative and energy-efficient structures.
The new Capitol Visitor Center symbolizes the kind of nation we have become.
Docey Lewis balances humanitarian impulses with the bottom line in setting up design collaborations with traditional artisans.
Rick Sundberg embraces a Seattle building’s history for the new Wing Luke Asian Museum.
John Peterson is the founder of Public Architecture, an advocacy group dedicated to making architecture more socially engaged. The organization’s 1% program, which has recruited nearly 400 firms to its cause, encourages pro-bono service by architects and designers.
A Connecticut couple works to pair designers with artisans—no matter where they’re based.
The hottest 21st-century urban amenity might be a farm.
Pet products are a natural lure for designers—judging from the Best in Show–style theatrics at August’s Pet Fashion Week NY, people are happy to dig deep in their wallets for Fluffy’s Swarovski-studded throne. Fortunately, industrial-design preoccupations such as simple forms, eco-friendly materials, and social responsibility also seem to be coming to a dog dish near you. Here are a few…
A new generation of design activists is helping to reshape the role of contemporary architects.
Also featuring Bryan Bell, Teddy Cruz, John Peterson, and Sergio Palleroni