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 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…
Sloan-Kettering’s new cancer-research center finds extra room in the uptown Manhattan sky.
An exhibition at the Whitney Museum revisits the artist-architect in all his dissonant glory.
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.
A Toronto boutique only reveals its wares after you enter.
The current Triennial has not only abandoned themes, but also any sense of a guiding curatorial voice.
Rural Studio students turn an abandoned fire tower into the tallest avian lookout in the United States.
As the East modernizes, Western architects need to evaluate what they build in lands and cultures different from their own.
Now that past Next Generation winner Joe Hagerman has teamed up with Rafael Viñoly Architects, students in the Bronx are reaping the benefits.
In a competitive market, condominiums are getting an amenities boost.
Renewable panels get an infusion of brilliant color.
How do we save the Crescent City? Re-create the unique building culture that spawned it.
A new graduate program at London’s Goldsmiths College explores architecture as a tool of social and political practice.
A biomolecular-research center by Behnisch Architects shows off its sustainable features.
A Miami condominium by Chad Oppenheim will be thoroughly sustainable—if the market and the developer can bear it.
Can architecture inspire great science?
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.
A Canadian school charts its own path to sustainable design.
A Swiss company deploys a futuristic material in its stylish protective headgear.