Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2006
Berlin’s Art Community Fights to Save East German Architectural Icon
Germany’s Bundestag will soon decide whether to save or demolish Berlin’s Palast der Republik, a popular space among young artists and theater troupes.
Berlin’s art community fights to save an East German architectural icon.
Review: The Ins and Outs of Pixar at the MoMA
Museum-goers are given a glimpse into the pioneering processes of Pixar Animation Studios at a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
Museum-goers are given a glimpse into the pioneering processes of Pixar Animation Studios.
Laying the foundation for more sensitivity within a community’s public spaces.
In renovating their condo two Atlanta architects honored the building’s Modern heritage.
Bursting the Zaha Bubble: Ordrupgaard Museum a Failure of Form
Our columnist's first visit to a Zaha Hadid project—a museum addition to the Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen—produces some uneasy feelings.
A visit to Hadid’s latest project—a museum addition to the Ordrupgaard in Copenhagen—produces some uneasy feelings.
Is MoMA’s worshipful approach to objects appropriate for security?
Envisioning architecture that performs like natural organisms.
When asked how Nobu 57 influenced his firm’s subsequent work, David Rockwell says, “The inspirations that filter down from project to project are never quite as clear as they appear to others later.” This is no doubt especially true for the Rockwell Group, which is currently working on dozens of projects across a multitude of disciplines, including health-care facilities, hotels,…
We’re looking for a way to redesign our community that’s sustainable, liveable, and supportive of health—but also of dreams.”
A new twenty-first-century style of activism is thinking close to home.
If someone asked you to describe the contemporary American workplace, intelligent is probably not a word you would use. Sure, the typical office hums with an impressive array of technology, but the physical environment—the fluorescent-lit landscape of cubicles and computer monitors where many of us spend our weekdays—is, if not inhospitable to humans, certainly not ideal. And intelligent? The notion…
To enhance the atmosphere of Nobu 57, the Rockwell Group collaborated with artisans on a handful of artistic installations. Naturally occurring materials, references to marine life, and nods to traditional Japanese culture helped ensure continuity among the elements. January 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized
Remember the Kyoto Protocol? This unprecedented agreement supported by 156 countries set limits on greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change. But we—the country responsible for a disproportionate amount of CO2 emissions—didn’t ratify it. The Clinton administration fought to get the United States to commit, but special interests blocked the measure in Congress. Since George W. Bush…
The latest products and interiors bring together disparate items in unexpected combinations.
The street where he grew up evokes fond memories for Jaime Lerner. He remembers keeping time by the clock of a nearby train station, recalls the hiss of the irons at the tailor’s shop, the smell of the café where he’d stop for coffee after a hard evening of study. “My neighborhood had everything,” he says. “It gave me an…
Rather than standing on its own, as in most Japanese restaurants, a Nobu sushi bar always acts as a connector between the kitchen and the dining room. “Once the bar is blocked in, the layout of everything else automatically falls into place,” Shawn Sullivan, project manager of Nobu 57 and principal at the Rockwell Group, says. The kitchen and bar…
When he moved from London to New York in 1982, David Burney says, “You could count the number of good new buildings in this city on the fingers of one hand.” If that has changed, it is due in part to Burney, who as director of design and capital improvement for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for 13…
This city is a collection of little neighborhoods, a blanket of networks. It’s better to do things in little steps.
Dimagi—the name of Vikram Sheel Kumar’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, medical software company—means “smart guy” in Hindi. So it’s interesting that so many of the 29-year-old CEO’s smarts come down to good sense. As a graduate student at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Kumar found himself pondering the problem of adherence—the difficulty of creating “sticky systems” that encourage patients…
At the Rockwell Group there’s often an intimate connection between food and the architecture where it is served. “One of the keys to designing a successful restaurant is to create the story,” Rockwell says. Part of that process here involved talking to chef Nobu Matsuhisa about his influences. Here’s how some culinary ideas ultimately inspired the design of Nobu 57:…