On finally reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities
The danger of Jacobs’s legacy lies with developers who co-opt her ideas to justify their megaprojects.
The events of 9/11 brought architecture center stage—an unprecedented opportunity—but was it “good for the profession”?
This cheerful computer gave apt form to Apple’s personable interface—and forever changed our standards for technology.
An early Metropolis editor looks back on two decades of New York architecture.
For years New Yorkers were much more likely to work in glass towers than live in them. No more.
Our author ruminates on a year spent as a visionary in residence.
Should one architect—even the world’s most famous architect—be responsible for all of the buildings in two massive developments?
Is MoMA’s worshipful approach to objects appropriate for security?
In the early 1990s, renowned graphic designer Paula Scher began painting small, opinionated maps—colorful depictions of continents and regions, covered from top to bottom by a scrawl of words. Within a few years, the maps grew larger and more elaborate.…
Creating a restaurant inside the new MoMA required acts of imagination—and diplomacy.
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…
The stout and utilitarian subway bench may be one of the best pieces of design in New York’s public realm.
The new Whole Foods store inside the Time Warner Center offers New Yorkers something truly unique: space.
In the automotive world, brand identity seems to have taken a clear second place to plain, old-fashioned copying.
A look back at a classic MoMA show on taxi design reveals the sorry state of today’s fleet.
A bearded hippy wearing only his underpants emerges from what appears to be a subterranean concrete bunker. He’s followed by a shaggy man in overalls, a topless woman with long hair, and another, and another, like clowns from a Volkswagen.…
New York’s flashing—and literal—street signs have gone the way of the Automat.
For decades, Yale’s voice of architecture wasn’t an architect.
Why do automakers doing the least interesting design talk about it the most?