Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2011
Metropolis Hits and Misses
How do you mark the last 30 years of architecture and design? That was the question we asked ourselves when trying to put together this anniversary issue. We turned for inspiration to Charles Jencks’s famous “Evolutionary Tree of Twentieth-Century Architecture” diagram from 2000, which seems to have withstood the test of time. Many of the movements that were around when…
Foreign companies are poised to have a particularly strong showing at this year’s ICFF.
Architecture has yet to acknowledge the impact of social media on our experience of physical space.
Rose-Colored Glasses This month, Paul Goldberger (www.paulgoldberger.com), the architecture critic of the New Yorker, looks back at terrible architectural predictions—for instance, George Gilder’s claim in 1995 that the metropolis was doomed: “The city, he said, was nothing but a tired relic of the industrial age. If you didn’t have to be there in an age of electronic communication, why would…
These ten picks from MoMA embody key moments and movements from the last 30 years of design.
While we may have rejected the box as the standard architectural form, we’re more dedicated to it than ever.
The Loft Years by Belinda Lanks The 1980s may call to mind excessive ornament and oversize luxury, but there was actually another decor movement afoot—one of contrasting restraint, resourcefulness, and functionality. If mirrored walls and cabbage-rose chintz (the interior-design equivalents of shoulder pads and leg warmers) were the symbols of Upper East Side wealth, exposed pipes and factory lamps were…
Why are predictions on the Future of Architecture (capital F, capital A) always so wrong?
New Craft: A Return to the Hand
The renaissance of craft among artists, designers, and DIYers otherwise glued to their screens speaks to a universal longing for the tactile and real.
The renaissance of craft currently occurring among artists, architects, designers, and a generation of DIYers otherwise glued to their keyboards speaks to a universal longing for the tactile and the real.
A 1980 film about a Coke bottle dropped over the desert might be the best metaphor for what’s happened to design.
The design industry’s recent humanitarian fervor is a welcome development, but good intentions alone are hardly enough to effect real change on the ground.
The famous Pete Seeger song has our editor in chief reflecting on 30 seasons of architecture and design.
Blobism: The Digital Era Gives Into The Vice of Formalism
The new millennium ushered in an era of "blobism," computer-enabled shapes increasingly divorced from the real concerns of architecture.
The new millennium ushered in an era of computer-enabled shapes increasingly divorced from the real concerns of architecture.
The founder and publisher of Metropolis talks about the early days of the magazine.
Prefab: The Dream that Refused to Die
The 1990s brought renewed interest in an old idea. But the newcomers seemed as perplexed by the challenge as the masters of design who preceded them.
The 1990s brought a renewed interest in an old idea. But for the most part, the newcomers were as perplexed by the challenge as
the masters of design who preceded them.