Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine January 2011


Baby Rems

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…

Reference Page: 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…

The Giving Tree

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…

A True Original

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…

Sister Tract

In Denver, a convent becomes the locus of an unconventional community development.

Deans List

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…

Art and Commerce

A stunning series of postcards from turn-of-the-century Vienna was initially conceived as a money-making venture.