Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2008
Marc Koehler builds a bulwark against troubled times in an Amsterdam suburb’s architectural theme park.
Recent trips to Dubai and Shanghai have our columnist pondering how Jane Jacobs might react to these unbridled cities.
A New Yorker’s minimalist landscape paintings draw on elemental forms of the built environment.
Despite a nod to 1970s craft, Sam Buxton’s knotted interior for a new London bar echoes his high-tech approach to products.
Yann Kersalé’s nocturnal illuminations have helped revitalize cities, parks, public spaces, and buildings all over Europe.
Cities are turning to LEDs as a way to cut costs—even before the technology has proven itself.
A restaurant in old-town Alexandria, Virginia, pays homage to village taverns of yore.
The German architect Stefan Behnisch pushes architectural form into new energy-efficient directions.
Bjarke Ingels adds a high-altitude feature to Copenhagen’s flat landscape.
Designers get back to basics with stripped-down objects and surfaces.
Rediscovered Masterpiece: The Ford Foundation
Anticipating many of today’s environmental and workplace issues, the 41-year-old Ford Foundation Building is remarkably prescient civic architecture.
Anticipating many of today’s environmental and workplace issues, the 41-year-old Ford Foundation Building, by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, remains a remarkably prescient piece of civic architecture.
The new Pentagon Memorial addresses the events of 9/11 by honoring each of the victims that died there that day.
Three and a half acres of transcendent minimalism make one corner of Sonoma County just a bit more Zen.
A Seattle awards program challenges the profession to rethink its values.
RKS Design molds a safe new material into a futuristic and functional drinking vessel.
Bertjan Pot talks about his job, what he’s embarrassed about, and his Sellotape collection—using his thumbs.
A window system for obsessive minimalists offers sliding exterior walls without the unsightly floor track.
In one of An Inconvenient Truth’s crucial scenes, Al Gore chases the earth’s rising carbon-dioxide levels in a mechanical lift. Visitors to Climate Change: The Threat to Life and a New Energy Future, at the American Museum of Natural History, will feel similarly stretched. The first exhibit, a 400-year time line of industrial milestones, is bisected by a red LED…
You’d have to pay thousands of dollars to sit in your own Frank Gehry–designed Experimental Edges club chair, but Frank Gehry: On Line, a new title from the Princeton University Art Museum ($29.95), comes in a similarly constructed corrugated-cardboard case and can be had for a much smaller price. The book collects the last 20 years of the architect’s hand…
At this month’s Design Miami, tapestry, that fusty realm of unicorns and Renaissance battles, is staging a comeback. The exhibition Demons, Yarns and Tales—an unusual collaboration between 15 artists and Banners of Persuasion, a spin-off of the Rug Company—offers a contemporary take on a storied art form. Christopher Sharp, who founded both companies with his wife, Suzanne, explains that much…