Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2008
Japanese manufacturer Toto’s Hydrotect dirt-repellent tiles keep building facades—and the environment—clean.
Often faced with complex, even contradictory, conditions, Leers Weinzapfel Associates makes an art of designing buildings that play nicely with their surroundings.
Gender-bending trends in product design
With a clever modular panel system, the Moorhead brothers split the difference between open and shut.
The innovative upholstery Jeff Jenkins developed for the Meta Chair—a runner-up in the 2004 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition—reappears in a new chaise longue, Isola, which was short-listed in De Padova and Designboom’s Premio Vico Magistretti contest last year. Potato-chip-thin but still ergonomic, the upholstery works perfectly for Isola’s triple function as lounge, stool, and desk. “You have this expressive…
Sambo’s benevolent spirit guides a modest addition in Atlanta.
In the age of global warming, the greening of the American college campus is a largely grassroots effort driven by students, faculty, and in-house staff dedicated to sustainable thinking.
Ross Lovegrove’s newest creations, willowy solar-powered streetlamps designed in collaboration with Artemide, are both out of the ordinary and off the grid. The plantlike Solar Trees feature spring-green steel stems topped with photovoltaic cells, which capture sunlight and use it to power the attached LEDs. As Artemide considers the feasibility of putting them into production, a temporary installation of the…
A rehabilitation hospital in Toronto is colorful, comfortable, and child-friendly.
A new women’s health-care facility draws on lessons learned from the hospitality industry.
John Maeda’s Timetanium sneaker for Reebok was inspired, in part, by the idea of simplicity. Maeda is something of an expert on the subject. The computer artist and MIT professor, recently named the next president of the Rhode Island School of Design, wrote The Laws of Simplicity, which outlines ten mantras for the chronically harried. When Reebok approached Maeda to…
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A group of Newark students gets a new school building—one where chocolate was once made.
As the subcontinent grows in wealth, quality of life on the streets diminishes.
Massin answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.
An anatomical park rises from the postindustrial landscape of Boxberg, Germany, as a symbol of healing.
Baltimore and Melbourne transform dead lanes into vital public space.
Searching for the lost soul of Times Square amid the Jumbotrons and theme restaurants.
Bruce Fowle designs buildings to get people moving.
Due to a recent run of glowing columns, our resident curmudgeon changes the approach to his annual rite.