Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2005
As a registered city planner and current Design Director at the National Endowment for the Arts, I would like to publicly address the latest redesign of the Freedom Tower . I am writing this as a private citizen, however, and not in my official capacity. Never in my most pessimistic imaginings could I have anticipated what we are now being…
Homes built from shipping containers and restaurants decorated with chopsticks may seem in vogue now, but remember that in 1953 Charles and Ray Eames were already constructing houses out of diamonds. And clocks. And snowflakes. Those are only a few of the images that appear on the Giant House of Cards, which has just been reissued in collaboration between the…
Tools for customizing the workplace.
Since the Finnish government recommends wearing reflectors throughout the dark winter, designer Saara Renvall’s Kukka flower brooches are both practical and fanciful. They are made from the same reflective 3M material used for traffic signs, with a faceted pattern that is mirrored by the geometric petals. “I wanted the flower to look graphic and sculptural,” Renvall says. “Square edges interest…
A roundup of textiles debuted at NeoCon—by the likes of Bruce Mau and Shashi Caan—challenge the staid contract market.
For those who would like to dance in hyperspace, L.A.-based architect Hernan Diaz Alonso is constructing a spiny parallel universe for the “Warm Up” series that brings DJs and live bands to the courtyard of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens each summer. The title—SUR, after an Argentinean tango that poetically references “a large wall”—alludes to the fourteen-and-a-half-foot walls…
In an L.A. architect’s modern barn, storing hay becomes a symbolic act.
Architect John Burse turns his attention toward Old North St. Louis—his own neighborhood.
In the wake of dwindling support from corporate partners, Don Chadwick continues his own blue-sky quest into new materials and forms.
Young architects partner with students to document the city’s development.
A pair of OMA alums apply their research-oriented thinking to a smaller, more intimate scale.
A Taipei plastic surgeon’s office gets a chic new look that is surprisingly natural.
By placing sales and engineering inside its colossal 737 assembly hangar, Boeing looks to integrate office suite and factory floor.
A sleek new museum in Leipzig aims to honor the city’s past while paving the road to the future.
Two young architects design a faceted interior for a clothing store in boomtown Buenos Aires.
San Francisco’s new boulevard is part thoroughfare, part pathway, and part park.
The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, edited by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic in conjunction with an exhibition in June at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is meant to assert the importance of dissent to democracy. Indeed a lot of the work included—such as the graphics campaign in Serbia that helped unseat Slobodan Milosevic…
At Chicago’s new restaurant Alinea, the food and tableware transform the dining experience.
The Warner Bros. set shop has become an invaluable resource for a generation of young L.A. designers pushing the boundaries of fabrication.
On one site in the economically diverse Mission District, market-rate housing subsidizes job training.