Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July/August Issue Vanessa Quirk FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin How the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale Jumpstarted Postmodernism Anna Kats, Four decades on, it seems that a reliable definition of architectural Postmodernism still eludes us. A recent book, though flush with historical detail, does little to clarify the term. Design Advocates: 5 People Making American Cities Better for All Rebecca Greenwald, American cities are in the midst of an urban renaissance, pursuing design, sustainability, and social good. Here are five people helping architects and designers to make our cities better. City Whisperers: Why Designers Are Essential to Demystifying Urban Development Avinash Rajagopal, Author Cassim Shepard discusses the concept of the "design city" and how designers can act collaboratively to make cities better. The World's Best Design Cities 2017 Metropolis contributors, Metropolis editors choose 15 cities around the globe that set the bar highest for progressive design and good living. Alfresco Tech: Outdoor Furniture Embraces New Materials and Methods Avinash Rajagopal, Why not 3D-knit a nylon chair? Designers today are applying a wide range of new technologies and materials to outdoor products. Don't Sweep This Under the Rug—The Carpet Backing is Vital for Contemporary Interiors Avinash Rajagopal, Carpet manufacturer Milliken has found that the right carpet backing can make a huge difference in terms of mitigating noise and preventing moisture. Cornell's New Flexible Design Space—With Pushcart Furniture—Is a Lesson in Itself Vanessa Quirk, William Lim, an architect and Cornell grad, and furniture designers Lim+Lu create multifunctional pieces for a new Cornell studio space in Manhattan. Jasper Morrison on the Genius of the "Chopping Bowl" Jasper Morrison, Renowned designer Jasper Morrison discusses how an ingenious chopping bowl he discovered in an ethnology museum typifies good design. When Phyllis Lambert Painted Frank Lloyd Wright in the Plaza Hotel Phyllis Lambert, Philip Johnson and Frank Lloyd Wright had a notoriously contentious relationship. Here's Phyllis Lambert's account (and painting) of their final encounter, before Wright's death in 1959. New Exhibit Takes You Inside Hella Jongerius' Beautiful, Colorful Mind Shonquis Moreno, For Breathing Colour, Jongerius, the art director of color and materials at Vitra, contrasts lightness and brightness, revels in reflection and refraction, and investigates black tones and shadow. Shigeru Ban's New Cultural Hub An Empty Symbol for Paris Crystal Bennes, The new La Seine Musicale performance center, designed by Shigeru Ban, is meant to be a cultural beacon for Paris. But does the city need any more of those?