Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2005
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.
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…