Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2007
Marcel Proust famously secluded himself in a cork-lined room for the last 15 years of his life, devoting his energies to the monumental Remembrance of Things Past. So why cork? With its closed-cell foam structure, the low-density wood dampens sound and resists bacteria, mold, and mildew—enemies of the asthmatic and chronically ill author. In 2001, while studying industrial design at…
It’s amazing what you would see, if only you looked up from your BlackBerry.
Designer Marian Schoettle has appropriated DuPont Tyvek as the raw material for a line of jackets, skirts, and bags.
For a Slow Food restaurant in San Francisco, Cass Calder Smith deploys recycled materials for durability with a popular appeal.
Participants in the Urban Curators project highlight the unintended beauty of downtown Providence’s urban detritus.
You are about to see a snapshot of twenty-first-century interiors: they are kind to their occupants and the earth equally, in addition to being beautiful. They represent a series of sophisticated decisions that involve a strong relationship to the architecture that defines them, as well as careful choices of materials and furnishings. Winners of the inaugural IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Awards…
A new line of snack food steps into the ring.
Alain Berteau finds a novel use for cardboard packaging material.
A LEED Platinum rehab in Portland finds a balance between preservation and sustainability.
With natural lighting and amenities for transportation, HOK’s downtown Toronto studios set the gold standard for office interiors.
Sixty-two-year-old Adrian Smith leaves SOM to strike out on his own.
For Interface’s Atlanta showroom, TVS Interiors achieves LEED’s highest rating by undertaking a rigorous predesign process.
Winka Dubbeldam balances substance and style beyond a dazzling glass curtain wall in a New York loft.
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Can you separate the tics of a genius-builder from the genius-building? Short answer: no.
A visit to the Koolhaas-designed student center in Chicago places our columnist in a real quandary.
Two leading structural engineers pick their favorite feats of man-made wonder.
Daylighting, natural ventilation, energy efficiency, and clean materials rule in classrooms for the Evergreen State College by Mahlum Architects.
A complex set of interior-design decisions is revealed with the aid of graphic design.
The circumvention of SOM’s daylighting scheme for Bank of America shows that user education is essential to sustainable design.
A cutting-edge Austrian artist collective creates a new kind of civic space.
Designs inspired by warmer climes.