Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2005


The Freedom Tower: ‘An Alienating Monument to Surrender’

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…

Play It Again

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…

Plain and Fancy

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…

Mutant Form

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…

Local Hero

Architect John Burse turns his attention toward Old North St. Louis—his own neighborhood.

The Art of Protest

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…

Made in Hollywood

The Warner Bros. set shop has become an invaluable resource for a generation of young L.A. designers pushing the boundaries of fabrication.

Indie Designer

In the wake of dwindling support from corporate partners, Don Chadwick continues his own blue-sky quest into new materials and forms.