Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2007


The DNA of Science Labs

Can architecture help produce paradigm-shifting discoveries? A research center by Rafael Viñoly aims to find out what makes scientists—and the human mind—tick.

Tokyo Style

Uniqlo hires Japan’s hottest retail designer to apply his distinctive brand of showmanship to the company’s new Soho flagship store.

Flawed Exports

As the East modernizes, Western architects need to evaluate what they build in lands and cultures different from their own.

Funky Little Shack

For the past four winters a kind of sci-fi skid row has sprung up on the temporarily frozen surface of Medicine Lake, in the western suburbs of Minne­apolis. This year a humble plywood post office pro­-vides a station for writing letters that will actually be mailed. There is a Korean song room with a corrugated roof, and a jutting teahouse…

Against the Grain

A glowing wood-grained light box displaying three enlarged family snapshots greets customers at Valley, a women’s boutique and spa that opened last October in New York’s trendy Lower East Side. It’s the most striking element of the rustic aesthetic—reminiscent of a childhood in the San Fernando Valley—that co-owners and sisters Nina and Julia Werman wanted for their new store. With…