Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2007


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…

Flawed Exports

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

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.

Mad Cap

A Swiss company deploys a futuristic material in its stylish protective headgear.