Point of View - Point of View December 2012

 

Christmas Cards

Design firms can wish everyone a happy holiday with an e-card, and make their environmental footprint a little bit smaller.

Design firms can wish everyone a happy holiday with an e-card, and make their environmental footprint a little bit smaller.

Q&A: Patricia Moore on the Accessible City

Patricia Moore dressed and lived as an elderly woman to research the ways that designers can make things accessible for people of differing abilities.

When we published a Metropolis issue on Access in 1992, we were optimistic about the positive changes the Americans with Disabilities Act would bring to the designed environment. Signed into law by president Bush the elder two years earlier, the ADA was a hopeful expansion of civil rights, promising to include citizens with disabilities, in all that America offers. Considerate design…

The Condo, A Kind of Housing Model Every American Can Love

Between the co-op and the condominium, innovative housing solutions responded to problems of property, enclosure, and urbanity.

Mies Van Der Rohe’s 860-880 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (c/o Wayne Andrews/Esto) The subtitle of Matthew Gordon Lasner’s High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century (Yale University Press, 2012) might suggest a story of determined residential heterodoxy. Could this book be about the rare, defiantly urban souls opting for the sleek new high-rise as the rest of the old…

Waterfronts and Preservation: Are They at Odds?

Is it ok for us to pay the billion-dollar price tag to preserve our city as is? I don’t think so. But I, like so many, don’t know what the solution is.

Red Hook flooded photo courtesy The Brownstoner Whether you call her Hurricane, Superstorm, or Frankenstorm, Sandy has brought devastation, destruction, and lasting change to our waters’ edge. Across New York City and the tri-state region, neighborhoods glimpsed the climate change forecast–massive flooding, storm surges, and rising seas. With lives lost and billions in damages, it’s safe to say our communities…

I am a Climate Refugee

A refugee from Hurricane Sandy shares his experience and discusses climate-related issues that will plague costal cities in the future.

A refugee from Hurricane Sandy discusses climate-related issues that will plague costal cities in the future.

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