Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2008
Course# Met111 This course is AIA/CES registered for 1LU / HSW. The design of a healthcare facility has an impact on health and wellbeing of both patients and doctors. The Bloorview Kids Rehab center in Toronto, ON, and the Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL are two beautiful examples of facilities where design moves promote healing. The articles “Health and…
The dual-flush system is an idea whose time has come.
Design Rolls Into the World of Skateboarding
A newfound rigor and a design-intensive revolution have taken skateboards out of the realm of pure fashion.
A newfound rigor has taken skateboards out of the realm of pure fashion.
Inside a 1970s Hilton in Prague, David Collins concocts a restaurant with historic flavor.
Hired to do one building, the architects double their haul in China’s capital.
Four top American chefs talk about the custom designs and unique tools that define their celebrated kitchens.
Graphic Thought Facility is the subject, and designer, of a new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The building’s ambitious approach to water management equals its towering size.
Why don’t prominent food critics write about the entire experience, graphics and all?
A new exhibition reconsiders the Wiener Werkstätte’s novel collaborations.
MIT grads generate a jewelry collection using algorithms lifted from nature.
Jeffrey Bernett answers a few questions on industrial design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Indianapolis hopes to make its cultural mark with a bike-and-pedestrian path that loops through the heart of town.
As concerns about the environment grow, a few architects are betting that buyers will want radically smaller homes.
Faced with a future of drought, Aurora, Colorado, has found an ingenious way to boost its threatened water supply.
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, a.k.a. the Naked Chef, recently landed in hot water when he shilled for his own kitchen utensils on his weekly cooking show. Fortunately, his latest collection, by Dutch design firm Ontwerpwerk, lets the minimalist products—including melamine mixing bowls and colanders that are matte on the outside and glossy on the inside—speak for themselves. April 1,…
As modern buildings age, old notions of historic preservation seem increasingly obsolete.
In preparation for the opening of a new chain of boutique hotels, Starwood turns to the Rockwell Group to create a full-scale mock- up of that classic American icon: the roadside motel.
Just 12 years old, Umbra’s Garbino garbage can is already in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Now there’s another reason to love Karim Rashid’s ubiquitous design: it’s being manufactured with an additive that turns the plastic into dust after less than 20 years in a landfill. Garbini, the smaller pencil-cup version, goes one better with a…
America’s mayors are in a unique position to help rebuild our blighted federal government.