Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2007
Paul Goldberger on Our Cell Phones, Our Disconnected Selves
The great offense of the cell phone is the fact that, even when it is being used quietly and discreetly, it renders a public place less public.
The cell phone has changed our sense of place more than faxes, computers, and e-mail.
A biomolecular-research center by Behnisch Architects shows off its sustainable features.
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.
With boyish enthusiasm and an ingenious approach to problem solving, Thomas Heatherwick magically merges design, sculpture, and engineering.
Uniqlo hires Japan’s hottest retail designer to apply his distinctive brand of showmanship to the company’s new Soho flagship store.
A genomic-research center for Harvard and MIT reflects the latest trends in university science buildings.
Sloan-Kettering’s new cancer-research center finds extra room in the uptown Manhattan sky.
Revered by architects and historians, Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute has stood the test of time and become a model for the modern research facility.
The current Triennial has not only abandoned themes, but also any sense of a guiding curatorial voice.
As the East modernizes, Western architects need to evaluate what they build in lands and cultures different from their own.
In a competitive market, condominiums are getting an amenities boost.
How do we save the Crescent City? Re-create the unique building culture that spawned it.
A Miami condominium by Chad Oppenheim will be thoroughly sustainable—if the market and the developer can bear it.
A Canadian school charts its own path to sustainable design.
The architect and historian completes his epic five-volume survey of the Big Apple.
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…
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…
An exhibition at the Whitney Museum revisits the artist-architect in all his dissonant glory.
A Toronto boutique only reveals its wares after you enter.
Rural Studio students turn an abandoned fire tower into the tallest avian lookout in the United States.