Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2006 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Let It Shine Christopher Hume, Norman Foster’s University of Toronto building animates the city after dark with the help of a little light.Flight of Fancy Site Staff, It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, it is a plane—kind of. For this year’s Swarovski Crystal Palace, Hussein Chalayan, a Turkish-born British fashion designer with a mechanical bent, contributed an aluminum-and-fiberglass wing with a 13-foot span. And just like…Great White Hope Kristi Cameron, Spend any time listening to LED-industry experts talk about the little semiconductor’s huge promise, and you’ll soon believe it is the solution to the world’s problems.Like a Praayer Site Staff, Like its namesake, the Maantis light, from Richard Rogers Partnership and Italian manufacturer Reggiani, has a strange shape. Instead of oversize front legs and a triangular head (that can turn 180 degrees!), the hybrid system has a pair of fluorescent…China’s Global Beacon Wu Wei, Alexandria had its lighthouse, and now Guzhen will have the Century Giant Lamp Tower.Changing the Architectural Climate Site Staff, Edward Mazria’s campaign to reduce the industry’s environmental impact heats up.Northern Exposure Stephen Zacks, A New York City architect opens up his apartment to take advantage of natural light.From Farm to Closet Nancy Nowacek, Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma makes knitwear that celebrates its provenance.The Wish List Stephen Zacks, Recently appointed curators reveal their fantasy acquisitions.The Electric Kid Nathan Silver, Moritz Waldemeyer is the technical wizard behind some of lighting’s most dazzling creations.The Gary Comer Youth Center: Chicago's Most Transformative Building? John Hockenberry, Gary Comer and John Ronan create a stunning citadel of hope on Chicago’s troubled South Side.“We Are Experts Too” Site Staff, People know more about their communities than any architect, planner, or developer can ever know. Now there’s a chance they’ll be heard.The Shape of Things to Come Paul Makovsky, Products that embody the trend forecast from Imm CologneElement Labs LED Video Mason Currey, LED-equipped surface materials in four basic forms: tubes, thin tiles, pixel-like dots, and see-through wallsSitting Pretty Belinda Lanks, Ilkka Suppanen’s easy chair for Zanotta makes slouching fashionable.Dear IKEA, Thanks For Ruining My Red Hook Philip Nobel, A new waterfront development has our laissez-faire columnist gasping in horror.Bursting Out Peter Hall, Using digital technology, architects Jeremy Edmiston and Douglas Gauthier break free from the conventional box that has long defined prefab houses.The Path to Platinum Ken Shulman, After 25 years spent practicing sustainable architecture, BNIM earns the highest rating under LEED—a tool the Kansas City firm’s own efforts helped to create.Revenge of the Small Karrie Jacobs, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver are creating strategies to encourage the development of modest, more affordable houses.