Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2011
Sister Tract In Denver, the nuns of St. Francis recently moved into Casa Chiara, a new solar-powered monastery where the seven Sisters can live “with gentle courtesy toward all creation”. It’s no surprise that they’re so concerned about the environment. In 1979, Pope John Paul II rebranded Francis as the patron saint “of those who promote ecology.” Granted, St. Francis…
Topic’s super-insulated door is ideal for passive houses and other high-performance buildings.
Six young design curators give us a peek at their latest projects.
New plans to modernize our aging rail intrastrcture
are modest, in the extreme.
Five leading mayors talk about the challenges they face, the strengths of their cities, and their visions for the future.
Folia’s sliding trays allow even the chronically disorganized a clutter-free work surface.
A new 220,000-square-foot building takes zero-energy architecture to a whole new level.
Matali Crasset tries her hand at an experimental ecolodge in the Tunisian desert.
Foundation and government support for architecture and design took a hit two years ago, but it now appears to be recovering. Private organizations like the Graham Foundation, as well as federal agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, continue to champion architecture and design in new and exciting ways. Through grants and other financial support, these groups play…
When it comes to classic Danish furniture, Poul Kjærholm inspires an almost cultlike following. Trained as a cabinetmaker at the School of Arts and Crafts, in Copenhagen, Kjærholm (pronounced KEER-holm) became the star pupil of Hans Wegner. He liked to mix materials in unconventional combinations—steel with rattan or canvas—to create minimalist furnishings that look as fresh today as when they…
Thanks to the vision of two young developers, a former industrial complex now stands as a model for neighborhood revival.
Cecil Balmond talks to us about his recent decision to leave Arup for his own practice.
The key to New Orleans’s rebirth may lie in an unprecedented overhaul of its education system that puts public schools at the center of community services.
In Denver, a convent becomes the locus of an unconventional community development.
In the past five years, dozens of new architecture- and design-school deans have assumed important leadership positions. This month we highlight seven of them, all of whom started work within the last year, and look at their plans for the future. Each has come into office with a particular set of ideas and experiences but with one thing in common—an…
A stunning series of postcards from turn-of-the-century Vienna was initially conceived as a money-making venture.
Founded three years ago by six Harvard GSD students, MASS Design Group has transformed the lives of 400,000 Rwandans.
A federal program yields border stations that resemble more than just pit stops.
In 1975 Rem Koolhaas, together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp, founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Today OMA is one of the most influential architectural practices in the world. Not only has the firm designed some of our era’s most important buildings—Maison à Bordeaux, the Seattle Public Library, and the CCTV headquarters, to name just a few—but…
Convention centers, with their dreary lecture halls, would benefit from systems thinking.