Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2006


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…


“Material for your dreams,” reads a page of the press materials for Durat, a polyester-based surface material made by Tonester Ltd. in Rymättylä, Finland. This may be an enticing statement, but Durat is in fact pretty much the opposite: a material mostly used for the eminently practical business of kitchens and bathrooms. Fortunately, the smooth durable plastic meets the needs…

Plot Lines

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

Map Quest

Calling all aficionados of “locative media practice”—the editors and contributors of Else/Where: Mapping (shout-outs to our own Peter Hall, coeditor, and Stephen Zacks, contributor) have assembled dozens of noteworthy new media-mapping projects into one sprawling tome. With offerings as diverse as examinations of the globalization of football to the swarming patterns of pigeons, an infectious enthusiasm guides the way. July…