Author: Stephen Zacks

25 Years Of Design Thinking

For our 25th anniversary issue we decided to reflect on some of the defining moments in the design world since 1981, when Metropolis was founded. These were watershed events that not only still mean something to us today but also…

Museum on the Mount

New York-based architect David Hotson lands a commission for the most prominent site in Armenia. Sited on the most high-profile piece of real estate in Yerevan, Armenia, the Gerard L. Cafesjian Museum of Art had to not only showcase modern…

Beyond Black + White

Philip Freelon built his practice from the ground up—and now he’s the go-to architect for African-American cultural commissions.

Ismaïl Serageldin: Architecture

In 2000 I stumbled upon a book titled The Architecture of Empowerment: People, Shelter and Livable Cities on the disorderly bookshelves of Metropolis and was immediately captivated. Published a few years earlier and edited by Egyptian architect Ismaïl Serageldin, then…

A Hearst Exclusive!

Shouldn’t the Three Sixty lamp, designed by Foster and Partners, really be called the Six Hundred? Hitting stores in November, the halogen directional lamp has hinges in its shaft and arm that each rotate 300 degrees. So why the name?…

Urban Oasis

A commercial corridor in Phoenix promises better sales for merchants—and shade for pedestrians.

The Art of Protest

The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, edited by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic in conjunction with an exhibition in June at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is meant to assert the importance of dissent…