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.
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…
A designer’s fashions take on the issue of safety.
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…
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…
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…