Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2008


Health and Welfare Trends in Healthcare Design

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…

Forged Czech

Inside a 1970s Hilton in Prague, David Collins concocts a restaurant with historic flavor.

Open Book

Graphic Thought Facility is the subject, and designer, of a new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Winning Lap

­Indianapolis hopes to make its cultural mark with a bike-and-pedestrian path that loops through the heart of town.

The Naked and the Dutch

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,…

Dust Bin

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…

Maximum Minimum

Million-dollar lofts seem to receive the lion’s share of attention when it comes to kitchen design. But now a well-known manufacturer of colossal kitchens, Maistri, has cooked up a fitting solution for more modest quarters: the Pocket Kitchen. The key to the space-saving design is a customizable island that can be outfitted to include a sink, a cooktop, and a…

Pocket Pads

­As concerns about the environment grow, a few architects are betting that buyers will want radically smaller homes.