Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine February 2016 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Lowline Lab: A Placeholder for an Underground Park We May Never See Samuel Medina, While it may be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, the Lowline still has a way to go. Q&A: Making Expressive and Flexible Spaces for Healthcare and Education Dora Vanette, As part of the Metropolis Think Tank series, Susan S. Szenasy arrived in the New York office of Perkins Eastman to discuss lessons learned from their projects. Copenhagen's "Patient Hotel" Seeks to Reduce the Stress of Hospital Stays Mikki Brammer, A new hotel concept in Copenhagen seeks to reduce the stress of hospital stays. In Lieu of Storefronts, Top Retailers Toy With Design Labs Ray Hu, Brands are turning to the experimental in search of an edge in the retail market. "Åzone Futures Market" Inflates Expectations, Falls Short Anna Khachiyan, A new digital exhibition mounted by New York’s Guggenheim Museum asks visitors to reconsider the meaning of architecture by placing bets on a speculative future. Beyond the Binary: Design Moves Past Gender Lines Royce Epstein, Royce Epstein, director of the design segment at Mohawk Group, tracks the blurring of gender boundaries. Flexing Their Muscles: Retailers Redesign Fitness Experience Mikki Brammer, Many established brands are finding that there are creative business opportunities at the intersection of fitness and retail. Curating Consumption: The Apps Making Shopping Easier Dora Vanette, As the marketplace balloons, shoppers look to online apps to vet products for ethical violations, and to actors for book recommendations. Designing "Digital Moments" Into the Retail Space Dora Vanette, From fitting rooms to phone apps, the touchscreen has invaded and completely transformed every aspect of the shopping experience. With Its Silica Prints Collection, Momentum Goes PVC-Free Dora Vanette, With the launch of the Silica Prints collection, Momentum Textiles is now a fully PVC-free company. Chicago Start-Up Offers Pop-Up Spaces for Micro-Retailers Belinda Lanks, Retail spaces for micro businesses encourage growth while preserving the intimacy of mom-and-pop shops. The Apartment by The Line Takes up Residence in L.A. Mikki Brammer, The Apartment by The Line takes up residence in Los Angeles. TheTake Turns Your Favorite Show into a Shopping Catalog Avinash Rajagopal, ￼New York–based start-up TheTake has a new way for us to consume films. Filson's New Seattle Headquarters Is a Temple to Flannel Janelle Zara, ￼The legendary outfitter’s new headquarters is a temple to flannel. The Future is Female Terese Alstin, ￼No Sir founder Terese Alstin on how her new brand challenges the industry status quo by promoting women Design Happens Here Janelle Zara, ￼Los Angeles retailer Austere is a high-end design store-cum-incubator for Scandinavian aesthetic ideals. Jack Erwin Finds Redeeming Qualities in Midtown Manhattan Mikki Brammer, ￼A New York City shoe brand is enhancing its customers’ walking experience in more ways than one. Different Tokes for Different Folks Claire Barliant, ￼Ganja at the Gap? As legalized marijuana sweeps across the nation, dispensaries step up their game. A Light Fixture Tailored to the Physiology of the Human Eye Avinash Rajagopal, A glass globe bristling with colorful tubes, architect Philippe Rahm’s Spectral Light for Artemide looks less like a lamp and more like something from the set of Star Trek. Can We Afford to Leave Locals Out of Urban Regeneration? Susan Szenasy, "Can we afford to leave massive groups of people out of urban regeneration?" asks Metropolis editor in chief and publisher.