Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2005
A piece of prefab history in Massachusetts must find a new site—or else be demolished.
SmartSlab LED panels flaunt superior graphics for everything from small-scale interiors to billboards.
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…
Residents question whether high-rise condos make sense in Las Vegas.
Richard Sapper—designer of the legendary Tizio lamp—has created a new task lamp, the Halley, using LED technology.
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…
Matali Crasset refashions a French department store as a youth hangout.
Work has begun on a huge project in South Korea. KPF looks to plan and build a $25 billion town of 100,000 people—in ten years.
When archrivals begin sharing a Munich soccer stadium, it will be the glowing facade that lets fans know who’s up.
The ultimate domestic workhorse gets a sleek makeover.
A cadre of young architects looks to shake up the country’s long-stagnant building culture.
Is the S,M,L,XL treatment the best way to talk about human rights?
Young Danish architects create a wavy structure that reclaims a polluted waterfront site for the community.
Joost Alferink reveals the finer points of WAACS’s Senseo Coffee Pod System for Philips.
Soon a national memorial will be built in the Pennsylvania hills. Will it reflect our place in history?
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…
Helsinki—a place that sees just three hours of daylight in winter—embarks on a lighting plan for the entire city.
Brooklyn-based Lite Brite Neon Studio playfully subverts the
perception that neon is tacky.
The makeover of a defunct mall sparks controversy over what is good for the city.
Our irrepressible columnist takes an irreverent look at the legacy of architecture’s most famous (and irrepressible) gadfly.