Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine April 2015 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Santa Monica's New Blue Bus Stops Put a Cheery Face on Public Transit Katherine Allen, A cheery public infrastructure initiative aims to make bus travel more enjoyable. Can Laboratory Research Be a Kind of Design? Zachary Edelson, Researchers in labs across the country are getting their hands dirty and prototyping ideas at every scale, from molecules to cities. Their findings will have a profound impact on our world. Inside Konstantin Grcic's Six-Year Odyssey to the World of Textiles Anna Kats, In an unlikely partnership with Maharam, the celebrated product designer brings his analytic rigor to textiles. Innovative LED Lighting, Done Three Ways Tamy Cozier, These innovative lighting designs take LED to playful, stylish, and even humanitarian ends. Umbra's Toronto Showroom Is Parts Store, Gallery, and Workspace Shannon Sharpe, Umbra’s new redesigned showroom in Toronto embodies the brand’s mission to foster young talent. The Metropolis Think Tank Celebrates Human-Centered Design Susan Szenasy, The Metropolis Think Tank series is a live research program—it connects the wisdom of local knowledge groups with design thinkers, clients, and others. From Classic to Quirky: The Spring's Best in Lighting Design Alexandra Alexa, From classics to innovative, next-generation LED fixtures, the best of the season's lighting design marries sleek style with effortless function. A Lamp That Prompts the Question, "Where's the Light Bulb?" Shannon Sharpe, García Cumini Associati fashion a pendant lamp that seems to be missing a key component—a light bulb. How We Transition to More Energy-Efficient Infrastructure: The Microgrid James Benya, The award-winning lighting designer James Benya argues that to truly leverage sustainable technologies, we should rethink our electricity system as a whole. Al Jazeera’s European HQ Adapts to Life in the Shard Clare Dowdy, The designers behind the media network's new London newsroom studio had to work around a major design obstacle—Renzo Piano's architecture. A Pioneer of Digital Fabrication Heralds the Machine-Made Revolution in Architecture Guy Horton, After two decades of experience in robotics-based fabrication, Andreas Froech, founder of Machineous Consultants, wants more control over his work and is reclaiming his role in the design process. Q&A: Nathalie Du Pasquier, the Queen of Memphis Metropolis Editors, Nathalie Du Pasquier reflects on her beginnings, contemplates Memphis’s enduring legacy, and touches on the blurring of art and design. Q&A: Jeremy Myerson on the Real Meaning of Inclusive Design Avinash Rajagopal, The director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design on designing with people rather than designing for them Reconsidering the Legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Sam Jacob, A new exhibition devoted to Charles Rennie Mackintosh offers an objective appraisal of the architect’s work. How Economic Bust Has Redefined the Value of High Design Piero Lissoni, An Italian design legend considers the positive effects that the world’s financial crisis has had on luxury design.