Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2008


Eco Innkeepers

The term green hotel was once an oxymoron. No more. Here’s a look at some of hospitality’s most sustainable lodgings.

Rekindling a Tradition

When today’s starchitects want to demonstrate their artistic range (and extend their brand), they design a chair, teapot, or piece of jewelry. About a century ago, the celebrated Prairie School architects, working in Chicago, chose pottery as a vehicle to design for the masses. Hired by the American Terra Cotta and Ceramic Company, they produced Teco pottery, affordable ceramics that…

Back on Track?

­A show devoted to the early impact of trains opens just as railways in the United States are showing new signs of life.

A Masterful Match

It took years of color-analysis trials for Pittsburgh Paints to match the hues Frank Lloyd Wright originally selected for Fallingwater, his 1939 masterpiece built above a stream in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. But you can now achieve the same results in the time it takes to apply two coats: the company’s new line of commercial paints—available without VOCs—faithfully replicates 13 distinctive…

Design After Franco

Delayed by decades of civil war and dictatorship, contemporary Spanish design is now a force to be reckoned with in the international furniture-and-lighting scene.

Blob Mentality

A home-improvement project by Greg Lynn evolves into the Blobwall, a modular wall system produced by Panelite.

Carbon Footprint

SCANDIC HOTEL Stockholm, Sweden It is probably a bad idea to drive a Hummer to a Scandic Hotel. It is probably a bad idea to leave it idling while you run in looking for a ­single-packed toiletry item (which you won’t find) and an equally bad idea to ask the staff to change your sheets every night. It is definitely…

Certification Programs

What’s the most sensible way to certify sustainable hotels? Tourist destinations often have little in common with one another but a penchant for attracting Bermuda-shorts-wearing masses. Are ­travelers—and the rest of us—best served by a standardized system, or would regional models be more useful? Some programs emphasize physical factors like architecture; others focus on service issues, such as the use…