Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2008


Shop Talk

Former NEA design director Jeff Speck talks with Maurice Cox, the architect recently selected to succeed him.

The Unreal World

Manufacturers and designers experiment with virtual retailing, synthetic materials, and other simulations and imitations of reality.

Calling Cards

Zurich-based Shagal | Inter­dis­­ciplinary Office for Design, Architecture & Arts prides itself on being a zero-waste company—even to the point of adopting secondhand collateral for their own calling cards. “We receive so much paper every day,” cofounder Siamak Shahneshin says.…

Chasing the Wind

As rendered, a strangely organic yet unfamiliar form stretches across a valley on Russia’s Lake Ladoga and sweeps down into the water, seeming to take a deep breath along the way. This unconventional structure is London-based Chetwood Associates’ attempt to…

Leather Craft

EcoDomo’s new tiles are made in South America from BMW car-seat scraps, then hand-stitched by Amish artisans.

Vanishing Point

An architect best known for teaching and theory builds his first project—a Mies-inspired glass house—as a vessel for the disappearing self.

Five Sustainable Species

The 2007 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environ­ments award winners may, once and for all, blow apart the widely held belief that clients don’t care about green design. These clients specifically wanted buildings and interiors that would be good for their workers’ health…