Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine July 2008


Speaking From Experience

Part of what makes Tony Chi so very good at—and famously opinionated about—designing restaurants are the years he spent
owning and operating them.

Ultimate Collector

Eli Broad wields his vast fortune like a blunt instrument—buying art, hiring architects, and shaping L.A. through a mix of civic vision and force of will.

The Fuller Effect

Buckminster Fuller’s colleagues and admirers talk about his legacy as an  inventor, a technocrat, and a sustainable pioneer.

Up to the Task

Modular legs elevate Björn Kersting’s Crescendo C2 Maximus desk from child’s play to serious business.

Exporting the Quad

Moore Ruble Yudell—and a handful of other top firms—is reshaping the university experience by creating, overseas, that uniquely American place: the college campus.

Building a Paper Architect

The Austrian-American architect and theorist Frederick Kiesler produced thousands of drawings over his decades-long career, but almost no realized structures. Perusing the exhibition Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities—a collection of his work on view at the Drawing Center, in New York, until July 24—it’s not hard to see why. Kiesler displays little to no interest in actual things in physical space. Instead,…

Reality Check

­Architectural education meets urban poverty in a TV series based on a design-build program at Tulane University.

Sleek and Clean

It was one of those amorphous programs that are either the boon or bane of young architects’ practices, depending on your perspective. The developer of a high-end condo building in Wilmington, Delaware, wanted a dry cleaner’s storefront to look sleeker than average. It approached local firm arQitecture with no real direction, and with almost no budget. “They weren’t really expecting…

A Fine Farewell

In perhaps his last project, Norway’s Sverre Fehn adds on to a building by his nineteenth-century predecessor.

Hunkered Down

­By integrating with the landscape, a Toronto ecology center becomes a living lesson in sustainable design.

Toshiko Mori

answers a few questions on architecture, education, and inspiration—using her thumbs.

Net Zero

The world’s largest color LED display gets its power—and symbolism—from photovoltaic cells embedded in a glass curtain wall.