Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine December 2016 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin The Untapped Promise of Arctic Urbanism Lola Sheppard and Mason White, The cities of the Canadian Arctic are contending with decades-old planning mistakes that ignored indigenous settlement patterns and knowledge. In Photos: Maharam's Inaugural Leather Collection Avinash Rajagopal, Photographer Nick Ballon captures stunning images of Maharam leather being processed in Italy. Workstead Studio Puts a Southern Twist on Modernism Mikki Brammer, With many celebrated New York projects under its belt, the lighting, furniture, and interior design studio Workstead sets its sights on the South. 9 Taiwanese Designers To Watch Paul Makovsky, Taipei's designation as a World Design Capital has put a spotlight on Taiwan and its vibrant, emerging design culture. These nine designers stand out for their craftsmanship and inventiveness. 2016: The Year In Review Metropolis contributors, The world of architecture and design had its fair share of challenges and bright spots. New Exhibition Asks: What Is Design's Role in Anxious Times? Brendan Cormier, The London Design Museum launches its refresh with a compelling exhibition that untangles the complexities of our age. Disegno Ergo Sum: Istanbul Biennial Conflates Anthropology With Design Shumi Bose, Despite its dazzling, hyperbolic rhetoric, the third Istanbul Design Biennial largely delivers on its assertions. Beatrice Galilee on Micro-Housing, Co-Living & The Importance of Escapism Guglielmo Mattioli, The Met curator looks back at the year in architecture. Q&A: Deyan Sudjic on Anxiety, Technology, and the Human Touch Avinash Rajagopal, The design luminary finds reasons for optimism in the year ahead. Two Design-Minded Start-Ups Betting on Millennials Janelle Zara, From coliving to candles, start-up models of efficiency and convenience are beginning to streamline the inner workings of households. 2016 Was A Watershed Year for VR in Architecture and Design Vanessa Quirk, With the democratization of virtual reality, architects and designers are discovering new potentials for the technology—and already looking to the next step. The High Line Effect: Are Our New Parks Trojan Horses of Gentrification? Aaron Betsky, This has been a great year for parks in America—but is this new generation of High Line-inspired parks embedding social injustice into our cities? Post-Recession, A Generation of Architects (Finally) Gets Its Chance Mimi Zeiger, After a period of concepts and temporary installations, a rising generation of practitioners tackles spaces for art and culture. The Painstaking Process of Bringing Ralph Rapson's Sketches to Life Avinash Rajagopal, The revival of Ralph Rapson's midcentury furniture designs was no simple matter, requiring a close analysis (and at times, liberal interpretation) of the architect's expressionistic drawings. Todd Bracher's Das Haus Installation: A New American Dream House Anne Quito, After a series of successful projects with major American manufacturers, the designer has been invited to kick off 2017 with the Das Haus installation. Publisher's Note: In Praise of Humanity in the Digital-Service Economy Susan Szenasy, From alienation to human contact: an appreciation of knowledgeable service providers Uncovering Taipei: Inside the World Design Capital 2016 Paul Makovsky, Taipei's designation as this year's World Design Capital—chosen by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design—is a recognition of the city's pioneering, design-led urban strategies.