Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2006
Philip Johnson on Power, Modern Architecture, and the Guggenheim Bilbao
In his verbal sparring match with Philip Nobel, reprinted below, Philip Johnson reveals his method for determining if a building is great architecture.
Would the new Urban Glass House have made Philip Johnson cry?
In Cyprus, Manifesta 6 Is Just A Symptom
The cancellation of the international art show is just one way the Greek Cypriot republic is perpetuating a cultural catastrophe.
Did a recurring clash of cultures halt the plans for an international art festival?
How the workplace has changed through one man.
The challenge was a relatively simple one: take the bus near my home in southeast Portland, Oregon, across the Willamette River to a laboratory just north of downtown on Naito Parkway, about five miles away. I was to plan the trip using Google Transit Trip Planner, a pilot program being tested here that is intended to act as a one-stop…
In the kingdom of search, Google is so dominant that even as competitors match Google’s speed and quality they know that just being as good is not good enough. July 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized
Clive Wilkinson Architects diagrammed 13 work settings for the Googleplex, on a scale from “hot” areas that encourage nomadic work and chance encounters, such as the billiards-ready clubhouse, to “cold” ones intended for quiet, focused concentration, like the enclosed workroom. Within each of these spaces the employees are allowed a great deal of flexibility. “The furniture is highly movable, so…
A periodic review of Web sites and blogs.
More information on people, places, and products covered in this issue of Metropolis.
One design juror’s adventures on the sustainability circuit.
Rowena Dring renders large-scale landscapes one stitch at a time.
Stylish, clever, and eco-friendly objects bring a touch of class to the office.
In Copenhagen, two OMA alums create an ingenious housing complex with a staggering variety of apartment layouts.
The danger of Jacobs’s legacy lies with developers who co-opt her ideas to justify their megaprojects.
Catherine Opie trains her lens on Chicago.
As children’s stories go, it’s hard to come by a better plot. Crypton, maker of stain-resistant textiles, partnered with designer Sina Pearson to produce a collection called Good Wishes that includes a pattern crafted from cheerful drawings by second- graders. The proceeds from their series of bags will go to Quilts for Kids, a nonprofit that makes blankets for children…
Thomas Leeser’s new Lower Manhattan cultural venue is visually open to the neighborhood.
Young Frenchman Gilles Tréhin has spent more than two decades documenting the imaginary city of Urville.
After more than half a century of stagnation, the Eternal City lives up to its name and makes peace with Modern architecture.
Jason Prior embodies a growing trend in place making: the merging of landscape architecture and urban planning. Trained in both professions, Prior heads EDAW’s European operations out of the London office and spearheaded the planning effort behind the city’s successful bid last year for the 2012 Olympics. The scheme—seen largely as an upset—was smartly packaged, presenting the International Olympic Committee…
An audio tour highlights environmental hazards along California’s Interstate 5.