Point of View - Point of View November 2010

 

Ferrari Takes Itself Out of This World

What would Ferrari be if not eye-catching? The same aesthetic that has people stopping and staring on the street is now doing just that on a grandiose scale with Ferrari World, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The 200,000 square meters of flat roof emerges out of the desert in startling iconographic clarity which can only elicit images of a…

The New Classroom

Ironically, classrooms often receive the least design attention in institutions of higher education. As Peter Hall pointed out in our June 2010 issue, funds from donors go towards building more glamorous spaces like galleries, high-tech research labs, even libraries. Yet the space where students spend most of their time is the old, regimented, sleep-inducing common classroom. In working to redesign…

A Net Zero Office Today

The architecture firm HOK has some experience designing sustainable buildings in problem locations. Their design for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest LEED platinum project, and made it to AIA’s list of the top ten green projects of 2010. But this year the firm decided to set itself an even tougher…

The Dean at Syracuse

This layout from the October 1986 issue of Metropolis was designed by Helene Silverman. Photo by Kevin Lein, from left to right: Peter Pfau (now Pfau Architects, San Francisco); Mary Pepchinski (winner of a 2010 Grant Award from the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation); Mark Robbins (dean of architecture at Syracuse University); Thomas Hanrahan (now dean, school of architecture, Pratt Institute,…

Celebrating the Corncobs, Saving the Clover Leaf

The curvaceous forms created by Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg are rather susceptible to unfortunate botanical nicknames. His “Corncobs”– the concrete twin towers of Marina City, which are a Chicago icon (left) — will turn 50 on November 22nd this year. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is organizing a conference to mark the occasion, and the Architecture Foundation will offer special…

Bertie County at the TED Talks

How can introducing a design curriculum to a high school, in one of America’s poorest rural counties, create new opportunities? Emily Pilloton, author of Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, published in 2009 by Metropolis Books, shows us, in her TED Talk about her recent project Studio H. The non-profit design initiative focuses on the intersection of design and…

Nurturing Green Thumbs

In an age when public schools are constantly weighing the importance of subjects and programs against each other, one New York school is getting the ultimate hands-on lesson in sustainability and science. This summer and fall, New York Sun Works constructed a greenhouse atop PS 333, hopefully one of many similar projects. The new greenhouse is a large step from…

The Met Finally Takes Some Old Advice

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced what will surely be the most prestigious landscape architecture project in New York City for the next five years. After a long process, the 140-year-old institution has selected the landscape architecture firm OLIN to revamp the Fifth Avenue plaza that runs along its 400 meter façade. The project will begin with a…

Q&A: George Ranalli

On November 18th George Ranalli will receive the prestigious Sidney L. Strauss Memorial Award for 2010, from the New York Society of Architects. Dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College, Ranalli also practices architecture in New York City, where he grew up. Since 1950 the award has been given to such important figures in architecture…

Greening Modernism

A conversation between an architect and his client, first in their youth and later in old age, sets up Carl Stein’s argument for Greening Modernism, a book just released by W. W. Norton.  While drinking wine and playing chess, the young client says to the architect, “We may not have a lot of money but we know how to live…

Alex Krieger to Andres Duany: Urban Design Still Lives at GSD

Let me assure all those concerned about the ‘coup,’ that Urban Design at Harvard – where the name was coined and the discipline began – is alive and well.

My friend Andres Duany is as clever as can be, and so, surely timed his Metropolis obituary for Harvard’s Urban Design Program to correspond with our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Urban Design Program, at which he is to speak . Why not a shot across the bow a week early? It certainly got our…

Places that Work: Apple Stores

Setting the right mood and sending the right message are keys to the success of any space, whether it’s your design for a holiday party or architects’ spaces for successful retail environments. The Apple stores, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, do this extremely well. We know this intuitively. But let’s take a look at the location on Chicago’s North Michigan…

Teague’s Water Experiment

We all know that water is a scarce resource, yet we go about wringing our hands under our faucets and standing under our showers as if the stream is endless. The US Environmental Protection Agency projects a nationwide water shortage in the next 20 years, and the ones guilty of precipitating this scary situation are not just big corporations or…

Brain Health

Though I edited the magazine Healthcare Design for eight years, and wrote and commented upon dozens of projects, I’ve seldom visited them personally to see what they really look like and how well they work. An exciting exception occurred this past October, when on a trip to Las Vegas I visited the Frank Gehry-designed Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health….

Young Designers to Explore Global Issues

Each year the Fulbright Program offers grants to 1,700 Americans to study, teach English, or conduct research.  This year, the design world has much to look forward to. Earning the title of most highly represented specialized institution of 2010, seven students holding bachelors and masters degrees from Rhode Island School of Design have been chosen to study design from a…

Q&A: Reworking the Federal Office

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has initiated a pilot program to show employees how easy it is to transform their messy, ill-functioning offices with simple, low-cost interior design techniques. This and many other programs are overseen by the agency’s Interior Design Program Manager, Dianne Juba, who helped conceive, develop, and implement the Workplace Transformation program. Since this is an…

Andres Duany vs Harvard GSD

Architect Andres Duany is none too pleased that Harvard GSD's Urban Design program has been replaced by Landscape Urbanism. Here's why.

Without a doubt, architect Andres Duany is a pivotal figure in creating a less car-dependent, more walking-oriented American landscape–the kind of human-scale, personally navigable, tight developments that seem to have sturdy green roots and point, generally, toward a more urban lifestyle. Certainly, densely-settled cities have what Duany and his cohorts have been advocating for 30 years. But now as these…

HUGO’s US Challenge

In 2008, HUGO perfumes came up with a new way to celebrate their HUGO Man bottle – they began an online contest to create iconic images of the squat glass bottle with the unusual cap. Now in its third year, the HUGO Create contest has announced a U. S.-only challenge. Artists and designers from America are invited to create an…

Recovery Act

While it’s fashionable to complain about too much government spending and lack of jobs, we found quite the opposite of this pessimistic view at Neocon East, the trade show for contract/commercial furnishings held this past October at the Baltimore Convention Center. There we caught up with Mark Falanga, senior vice president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), the producers of…

Q&A: On Redesigning Businesses

It seems that every organization today is searching for new ways to work, plan, survive, and thrive. Whether you’re a large, multi-office architecture and design practice, a retailer, or a health care institution you’re probably unhappy with your position in the marketplace and your bottom line. You talk the talk of innovation, but you don’t seem to understand what it…

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