Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2006

 

John Thackara: Cultural Theory

John Thackara, former director of the Netherlands Design Institute, has spent the past decade championing smart design with a conference series, Web site, and global network—based in Amsterdam and Bangalore—called Doors of Perception. Metropolis senior editor Paul Makovsky spoke to Thackara about his latest project, “Designs of the Time (DOTT)”; his new book, In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex…

Pliny Fisk III / Gail Vittori Architecture

Talking to Pliny Fisk III—one of the pioneers of the sustainable-design movement—is both inspiring and confounding. In any given sitting Fisk might discuss bio-regional mapping, fly ash concrete, cybernetics, and E.F. Schumacher all in the same dizzying context. It’s difficult to grasp, but that’s because he isn’t following a conventional approach. For him the planet’s prosperity is inextricably linked to…

Ismaïl Serageldin: Architecture

In 2000 I stumbled upon a book titled The Architecture of Empowerment: People, Shelter and Livable Cities on the disorderly bookshelves of Metropolis and was immediately captivated. Published a few years earlier and edited by Egyptian architect Ismaïl Serageldin, then vice president for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development at the World Bank, it seemed like the perfect antidote to the…

The Art of Dining Act Six: Epilogue

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,…

Vivian Loftness: Interior Design

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…

The Art of Dining Act Five: Credits

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

The State of California

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…

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