Cities

Using a B.U.G. to Promote Urban Design

Is city life just a big game? From Sept. 3-7, it was for Minneapolis and St. Paul’s residents and visitors, who found themselves following three 25-foot-tall game pieces through the streets of the Twin Cities. The event, called the Big…

Murakami’s Mr. Pointy Rules Rockefeller Center

When he’s not collaborating with fashion designer Marc Jacobs, nor adding to his line of surreal, mass-market figurines, nor dreaming up psychedelic t-shirt designs, Takashi Murakami creates public art. For “Reversed Double Helix,” his installation running at New York’s Rockefeller…

The Design Public Speaks

Metropolis editors surveyed notable people in and around New York City, including architects, designers, politicians, and writers, to hear their reactions to the December 18, 2002, plans for Ground Zero presented by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (LMDC) and the…

Architecture Takes Center Stage

Regardless of what you think of the schemes presented on December 18—whether you find them glorious or ominous, whether any of the ideas make their way into the final plan or are used to distract—last week’s unveiling of new plans…

Venice’s ‘Moses’ Dam: Salvation or Curse?

The topic of conversation this summer in Venice, Italy, is the $3 billion MoSE (Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico), a series of 78 hinged movable steel gates that officials hope will stop the flooding that is destroying the fabled city. The gates…

Libeskind Meets Metropolis

Earlier this month, architect Daniel Libeskind, his wife and partner Nina Libeskind, and their public relations agent came to visit Metropolis’s offices here in New York City. During our luncheon of pasta and sandwiches, Libeskind discussed the exacting research process…

IIDEX 2003 Proves Gem of a Trade Show

The northern sister of NeoCon World’s Trade Fair-Chicago, IIDEX/NeoCon Canada is an annual two-day event concentrating on interior design products and services. Established in 1984, the trade show was held in Toronto at the National Trade Centre building from Sept.…

San Francisco’s (Public) Space Cadets

The Department of Space and Land Reclamation-West (DSLR-West) is not quite a San Francisco city agency in the conventional sense, but that fact didn’t stop its members from working overtime Oct. 2-5 to re-imagine the Bay City’s geography. From its…

Let Us Now Praise Famous Design

The Urban Center Galleries resembled a veritable “Oscars” night on January 29, when a packed house attended “Design in New York: 2002 in Review.” The event, organized by the Municipal Art Society and sponsored by DESIGNnewyork, the publisher of a…

Brooklyn, From Top to Bottom

When Open House New York convinced the owners of more than 80 rarely seen architectural spaces to pry apart their doors for a weekend and welcome public visitors for free, I didn’t rush to rubberneck at swank townhouses (though neither…

Wonderful Feats with Wallpaper, Mylar, and More

Despite a brief resurgence of toile during the last few home decorating seasons, wallpaper has pretty much fallen out of fashion during these Restoration Hardware times. So why should there be resurgent interest in the sticky stuff among artists nowadays?…

Wits—and Beer—Determine NYC’s Best Bourough

When I agreed to take part in the Municipal Arts Society of New York’s “Better Borough” competition, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was the event going to be a friendly debate? A round-table discussion? Some trash-talking that ended…

Preserving Asbury Park’s Progressive History

By the appearance of its waterfront, the doldrums seem to have a clenching grasp on Asbury Park, N.J. Abandoned entertainment palaces of the late Victorian era and hotels of the early automobile age sit amidst cracked asphalt parking lots that…