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?
When a discussion erupted on one of our favorite blogs—www.designobserver.com—about two eco-friendly cleansers that have similar packaging, we couldn’t help but recall an earlier episode. In a Spy-like photo comparison, Design Observer posted one bottle from the hip brand Method—allegedly by Karim Rashid—and another from the discount brand Solutions, and encouraged readers to share their thoughts. “The design was stolen,”…
How the workplace has changed through one man.
Modernism failed to save the Indiana town that architecture famously built.
Catherine Opie trains her lens on Chicago.
Russel Wright’s “landmark” Manitoga estate: it has a ring to it. And now it’s official. In February, Wright’s self-designed home and studio in New York’s Hudson Valley got the nod from the Department of the Interior. “It was a very rigorous home to live in,” daughter Annie Wright recalled in our March 2001 issue. “ I was really aware of…
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…
A celebrated industrial designer and workplace pioneer takes a last stab at that beleaguered staple of American corporate life: the office system.
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…
Dutch designer Guido Ooms finds humor in contradiction, most recently in a device where nature and technology come together. His USB Memory Sticks (www.oooms.nl) are encased in what he calls “natural-wood beauties”—small pieces of timber that he finds on the forest floor near his hometown, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The particular branches he is drawn to contain tiny engravings left by…
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
A nineteenth-century toy inspires a twenty-first-century phantasm—one paid for by a sponsor.
Thomas Leeser’s new Lower Manhattan cultural venue is visually open to the neighborhood.
Inspired by Janet Cardiff’s writing and editing process, Thees Dohrn and Philipp Von Rohden, of Zitromat in Berlin, dismantled the Sabon typeface to create the custom letterforms—pieces of Rs married to pieces of Gs, for example—that lead readers through the author’s newest title, The Walk Book (distributed by D.A.P.), with the same dreamy effect its acoustic narratives bring to the…
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…
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.
Young Frenchman Gilles Tréhin has spent more than two decades documenting the imaginary city of Urville.
A limited number of the California Modern designer’s original furnishings are again available through a Brooklyn retailer.
A periodic review of Web sites and blogs.