Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2004 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Reclaiming the River Akiko Busch, Pete Seeger and friends promote a permeable swimming structure for the newly cleaned-up Hudson River.Flower Power Nicholas Anderson, U.S. cities are contending with the legacy of industrialization in the form of vacant lots too polluted for development. To deal with this problem in the former textile hub of New Bedford, Massachusetts, planners sought help from the landscape-architecture studio…Building Blocks Kristi Cameron, When, as a student of industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design, Roberta Wright was asked to conceive a profitable industry using waste from the local landfill, she uncovered a pattern in the messy heap. Plastics account for almost…A Place to Dock Laurie Manfra, Architect Lira Luis’s temporary shelter would give Manila seafarers someplace to come home to.Boutique Living Paul Makovsky, Boutique hotels offer all the amenities of large upscale hotels with more personalized service. They have distinctive styles of architecture and intimate settings that distinguish them from their standardized brethren. Since the introduction of the first boutique hotels—such as the…A Greener Shade Paul Makovsky, Designtex Shades and Screens PVC-free Decorative Textiles.What Comes After Modernism? Karrie Jacobs, Apparently nothing: Modernism is like the universe, an infinite loop with no beginning or end.Parental Rites Julie Taraska, After being approached to design a child-friendly restaurant, Frank Tjepkema had a counterintuitive idea: Why not create it for the parents instead? “There are already a lot of places for children—like McDonald’s—but nothing for parents,” says Tjepkema, an Amsterdam-based designer,…Universal Cooking: Setting Up the Kitchen Site Staff, Though it is not overtly flashy, Jane Langmuir’s universal-design kitchen for John and Alison Hockenberry is the culmination of 20 years work. She began looking at universal design in the 1980s and, for five years in the 90s, directed Rhode…Improv Theater Nicholas Anderson, Architects often espouse the idea of adaptability, but they rarely give it center stage. David Serero and Elena Fernandez of Brooklyn-based Iterae Architecture do just this with their Solar Parametric Open Air Theater (SPOAT) concept. Made up of 13 units…A Backup Plan Site Staff, When his study of leading task chairs revealed that most of them force the sitter into unhealthy postures, industrial designer Jeff Jenkins decided to start with healthy postures and work backward. “If you look at the commentators on CNN, they’re…Polidori’s Metropolis Site Staff, Robert Polidori may be the greatest architectural photographer of his time—but don’t tell him that. “I don’t photograph architecture,” he says. “I photograph habitats. Rooms are metaphors of soul life, our prenatal life. When human beings build a house or…Northern Renaissance Paul Makovsky, Harri Koskinen’s Muu collection melds Finnish style and Italian technique.Design is Universal John Hockenberry, After doing battle in kitchens for many years, our author embarks on another epic struggle to realize a space accessible to all.Up Against the Wall Site Staff, The Maxalot Gallery, in Barcelona, promotes graphic design as fine art, giving designers a place to stretch. “Normally they work for commercial industries within serious boundaries,” gallery co-owner Max Akkerman says. “But on the side they’re always free-styling on their…Making a Case for Design Research Site Staff, When academic research and pent-up human needs come together, we all benefit.