Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2005
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.
A selection of innovative new lighting.
SCI-Arc students create a place for L.A.’s homeless to take shade.
If proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development go through, it could be 1975 all over again.
At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg weren’t afraid to make a mess.
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…
The new Airbus A380—which dwarfs the Boeing 747—is Europe’s huge, high- stakes gamble on the future of international air travel.
Redesigning a design magazine presents a whole slew of unique challenges.
A show housed in bunkers on Kinmen Island addresses the legacy of conflict between Taiwan and China.
Already being tested by architects, self-cleaning glass now finds its way into the residential market.
The recent restoration of a Neutra house uses the master’s original drawings to satisfy the current craze for more space.
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.