Architecture

The Kids Are Alright in Green Housing Competition

When the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) Home Competition opened last summer in Roanoke, Virginia, it became an instant inspiration for architecture students and educators from around the world. Prompted by the competition’s call for affordable, sustainable urban housing, as well as the…

Report Disputes Extra Cost of Building Green

Do sustainable buildings cost more to construct? A report compiled by Lisa Fay Matthiessen and Peter Morris of cost-management firm Davis Langdon concludes that building green can have minimal affect—if any—on construction costs if sustainability goals are discussed and integrated…

Reading Rem: An Exclusive Q&A with Koolhaas

In May, two days before the Seattle Central Library’s official opening, the building’s architect, Rem Koolhaas, discussed the structure with Metropolis contributing editor Christopher Hawthorne. The interview took place in a staff conference room on the library’s 11th floor; the…

Rotare: A Smart, Sexy Lighting Fixture

When Susan Hakkarainen, the president and founder of Ivalo Lighting, set out to create a new line of fixtures, she created the kind of brief that designers salivate over. “The charge was, design me an architectural element,” she says. “Don’t…

Interior Designers:Your Image Isn’t Working for You

This keynote address was delivered by Susan S. Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis, at the International Interior Designers Association’s (IIDA’s) 3rd annual conference, held Oct. 9-11, 2003, in Mexico City. On June 18, 2001—in those more innocent days before…

Art of the Possible

A new ambulatory-care clinic for a remarkable institution seeks to become the nation’s first LEED-certified healthcare facility.