Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2006

 

Going the Google Route

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…

Google: The Challengers

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

Google: 13 Ways to Collaborate

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…

Plot Lines

In Copenhagen, two OMA alums create an ingenious housing complex with a staggering variety of apartment layouts.

Wish FulFillment

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…

Pacis Moderna

After more than half a century of stagnation, the Eternal City lives up to its name and makes peace with Modern architecture.

Olympic Champions

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…