Point of View - Point of View March 2010

 

Cold Comfort

In 2006, we wrote about Object Orange, a Detroit artists’ collective that was painting some of the city’s abandoned houses Tiggerific orange in an effort to call attention to its rapidly decaying neighborhoods. Last winter, a pair of Detroit artists hit on an even more dramatic method of highlighting the city’s deterioration–Ice House Detroit, “an architectural installation and social change…

An Architect’s Journey

This Wednesday night, PBS will premiere the newest installment of its American Masters series, I.M. Pei: Building China Modern. Last week, I caught a preview screening of the documentary, which traces the eight-year design and construction of Pei’s Suzhou Musuem, in China. Completed in 2006, the museum may have been Pei’s most challenging project to date. Not only was he…

Metropolis’s “Fearsome Foursome” Celebrates a Decade in Design

From left: Paul Makovsky, Martin Pedersen, Kristi Cameron, and Criswell Lappin The architecture and design community has undergone dramatic changes in the last ten years–but here at Metropolis, the core editorial team covering those changes has remained remarkably steady. Since 2000, four people–senior editor Kristi Cameron, creative director Criswell Lappin, editorial director Paul Makovsky, and executive editor Martin Pedersen–have been…

Nouvel’s Desert Rose

The Qatar Musuems Authority’s insanely ambitious plans for Doha’s cultural infrastructure crept a little closer toward reality yesterday with the unveiling of Jean Nouvel’s design for the National Museum of Qatar. Based on the preliminary models, the new complex is going to look nothing like I.M. Pei’s understated Museum of Islamic Art, which opened there in late 2008. Nouvel has…

Attention, Unique and Commendable New York Architects

The city’s AIA chapter just opened registration for its third New Practices New York competition, which recognizes “new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have utilized unique and commendable strategies–both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.” To qualify, firms must have been founded after January 1, 2004, and must be located…

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens

With yesterday’s long-delayed opening of Pier 1, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park is now approximately seven percent complete! OK, so there’s still a long way to go until New York’s third great urban landscape is whole–but, if this first section is any indication, it will be worth the wait. Pier 1 includes waterfront promenades, large lawns, a playground, and the…

Taste Makers

Nice poster! Also, nice event! If you’re in New York April 2-3, be sure to check out Parsons’s annual Aftertaste symposium, “dedicated to critically reviewing the field of interior design; identifying pressing contemporary issues challenging practitioners today; meditating on the make-up of the interior environment and its constituents; and creating a dialogue between academic research and interior design practice.” This…

Letter from Baltimore: The Humanitarian-Design Debate

In her monthly “Letter from Baltimore,” Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson writes about architecture, culture, and urbanism in a city more often associated with violent crime than with good design. Click here to read her previous posts. For more by Dickinson, visit her blog, Urban Palimpsest. Photo: Emily Pilloton Nothing—not even well-intentioned design—is above reproach. The confluence of organizations and individuals working…

At Home with the Bronfmans

Warning: the 2009 documentary Casa Bronfman is guaranteed to arouse severe real estate envy in even the most sanguine New Yorkers. The 38-minute film–which is being shown this weekend at the 28th International Festival of Films on Art, in Montreal–takes viewers on a leisurely tour of the Manhattan townhouse of Edgar Bronfman, Jr., and family. Their 12,800-square-foot home was designed…

The Metropolis Minute: Our Special Product Issue

. . . . . On the site today, you’ll find Metropolis’s annual special product issue. After the jump, senior editor Kristi Cameron explains this year’s theme in the latest installment of our “Metropolis Minute” video series. Click here to watch previous “Minute” videos. Click here to subscribe to Metropolis. . Categories: Uncategorized

Metropolis Conference Schedule Now Online

Hard to believe but true: It’s already time to start making plans for this year’s ICFF, the nation’s premier trade show for contemporary furniture, which takes place each May in New York’s lovely Javits Center. This year, the four-day fair begins Saturday, May 15; and, as in years past, ICFF Monday will feature a day-long conference organized by your humble…

Like eBay, for Wealthy Architecture Nerds

The vast majority of the architects and artists that submitted work to Contemplating the Void–an ongoing exhibition at the Guggenheim that re-imagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building in fanciful, and often humorous, ways–have also contributed those pieces to an online auction that will run through next week. About half of the 178 items up for auction have yet to receive…

Clinical Care, Industrial Setting

Last fall we wrote about the architecture firm Anshen + Allen’s Green Patient Lab, a traveling mock-up of a hospital room stocked with the latest and best in sustainable health-care technology and design. Today the firm let us know that it has also begun working with Containers to Clinics (C2C), a Dover, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that’s developing a prototype portable health…

In Like a Lion

It’s only the ninth of March and already we’re having trouble keeping up with all this month’s design news. If you’re like us (harried, easily distracted, constantly hungry, etc.), then read on for a quick, painless recap of the month’s biggest design news, so far. President Obama Appoints Edward Tufte to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel In his new role,…

Your Afternoon Time-Lapse Video Fix

As much as we love to read around here–and even though we rely on the printed word (and the e-printed word, or whatever you want to call it) for our livelihoods–by some Friday afternoons, we’ve reached our limit; it’s all we can do to drag our text-saturated eyeballs across another line of type. If you’re feeling about the same–and a…

Accessibility Watch: Navigating New York’s Building Code

In our running series on accessibility issues in buildings and cities, we’ve looked at some ways that New York City in particular may fall short when it comes to providing easy, well-maintained design for people with limited mobility. So when our publisher noticed what appeared to be a dearth of handicap-friendly design at a well-known restaurant–one that happens to sit…

A Lamp Made From a Hamster’s Ovary?

What is happening in the murky video clip to your left? To be honest, I’m not entirely certain. All I can tell you for sure is that this is a preview of the new work by Joris Laarman Lab to be exhibited at Friedman Benda Gallery, in New York, beginning Friday. Laarman is the young Dutch designer best known for…

Refreshing Times Square

Attention, New York artists and designers: the city’s Department of Transportation just announced  that it is soliciting conceptual designs to refresh the new pedestrian plazas at Times Square. As you may recall, Mayor Bloomberg decided last month to make permanent the five plazas that DOT installed in the area last May. Now the DOT is looking for “a series of…

Preservation Society

For an enlightening and occasionally amusing glimpse of the arcane world of New York City landmarks preservation, point your browser to HDC@LPC, a new Web site by the city’s Historic Districts Council. As a nonprofit advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods, the HDC reviews and comments on hundreds of applications for alterations to landmark buildings in the five boroughs….

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