Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2007
Noteworthy designs from the north
BioHavens add an aesthetic element to water features and natural landscapes that cleans and nourishes while you lounge.
A modest architectural commission becomes a platform for re-evaluating the entire U.S.–Mexico border.
These products and projects flirt with the dark side of design.
Commissioned for a spec house, Chile’s Felipe Assadi and Francisca Pulido deliver a subversive design.
Rome tests a tracking system in which you and your cell phone are the key to better urban flow.
Architect Peter Barfoed lays out his vision for the future of Greenland’s capital.
Whipsaw’s new design is a more natural way for babies to nurse.
Roman and Williams reinvents Philippe Starck’s infamous Royalton lobby.
Senator Moynihan’s grand vision for a new rail hub may be losing its civic luster.
A public-art project aims to reunite two sections of Kansas City that are divided by an interstate.
As landscape architects get on board with sustainability, our hopes for a clean and healthy world grow.
Rogier van der Heide’s transition from intimate studio practictioner to running Arup’s global lighting operation has been a case study in collaboration.
Foster + Partners lend form to an English school’s experimental approach.
Atelier Oï’s fixtures for Foscarini hint at their sonically inspired origins.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design
Toronto architects create a light-filled center that exudes religious symbolism—without getting specific.
George Lois answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
Konstantin Grcic, the prolific industrial designer from Munich, has a soft spot for rubbish. His trash cans for the German company Authentics were small miracles of functionalist design, and now he’s reprised them with Top, a new line of rainbow-hatted polypropylene bins. A weight in the back of the lid aids in opening and closing, and retractable connectors daisy-chain the…
Some of our best interior designers take a walk through their favorite rooms—past and present—showing us the moves behind the magic.