Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2005
When Americans in the architecture scene look abroad, their focus too often lands on the same celebrity practitioners. In Italy, their gaze falls on Renzo Piano (although some also see Massimilano Fuksas not far in the distance). But what if we could put on special glasses, ones that could dim the blinding brightness of starchitects in the post-Bilbao universe? What…
From the patenting of the incandescent lightbulb in the nineteenth century to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of light-emitting polymers (PLEDs) in 2000, new technologies have long challenged designers to refine the task lamp. In this time line we present eight of the innovative task lamps of the twentieth century. Among them are an early example of glass used as an…
When archrivals begin sharing a Munich soccer stadium, it will be the glowing facade that lets fans know who’s up.
Is the S,M,L,XL treatment the best way to talk about human rights?
Soon a national memorial will be built in the Pennsylvania hills. Will it reflect our place in history?
Brooklyn-based Lite Brite Neon Studio playfully subverts the
perception that neon is tacky.
A selection of innovative new lighting.
At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg weren’t afraid to make a mess.
Redesigning a design magazine presents a whole slew of unique challenges.
Already being tested by architects, self-cleaning glass now finds its way into the residential market.
A piece of prefab history in Massachusetts must find a new site—or else be demolished.
Residents question whether high-rise condos make sense in Las Vegas.
Matali Crasset refashions a French department store as a youth hangout.
The ultimate domestic workhorse gets a sleek makeover.
Young Danish architects create a wavy structure that reclaims a polluted waterfront site for the community.
When architects Gisue and Mojgan Hariri needed digital material embedded into bodysuits—to be displayed on mannequins of themselves at the January 2005 Milan Triennial exhibition Dressing Ourselves—they turned to James Clar, a New York-based lighting designer whom Gisue describes as a “twenty-first-century artisan.” His solution, Flexgrid, is a bendable low-resolution panel that displays patterns and emoticons. The Hariris wanted Flexgrid…
The makeover of a defunct mall sparks controversy over what is good for the city.
SCI-Arc students create a place for L.A.’s homeless to take shade.
Over the past several years street-crossing signals featuring countdown lights have slowly appeared at intersections in various cities, informing pedestrians how much time they have to cross. In Taipei this idea received a new twist with the addition of a green man that runs increasingly faster as time runs out. The LED figure’s motion is animated in a sequence of…
A show housed in bunkers on Kinmen Island addresses the legacy of conflict between Taiwan and China.