Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2003


Scaling Up for NeoCon 2003

I only arrived a half-hour late to NeoCon this year, a delay more by design than mere tardiness, since I know how congested Chicago’s River North area gets during rush hour. Showing up at 9:30, I thought, would help me miss the madness of the usual commuter crush. So I zipped along in a cab from my North Side apartment,…

More Monolithic Cork Flooring

Composed purely of recycled cork and rubber, Expanko’s XCR3 seems to have a rather high-tech name for an all-natural product. In fact, the moniker is simply an acronym for the tongue-twisting “Expanko cork-rubber, 3rd generation.” Expanko’s iteration of the cork-flooring composite, however, is the first to offer an aesthetic that’s significantly closer to a typical rubber floor in its subtler…

Three Wheelin’

In its native India the world’s largest manufacturer of scooters, Bajaj Auto Ltd., markets a three-wheel rickshaw much the same way SUVs are sold here: their catalog touts it as

Mock Macs

Armed with digital drafting tools, obsessed Apple fans design the products of their dreams.

The Anti-Big Dig

Two Toronto architects reimagine urbanism’s bête noir—the blighted space beneath an elevated highway.

Old School

Princeton visiting professor Peter Eisenman throws down the gauntlet over a Gothic-style dorm.

My Architect, Myself

The mystery of Louis Kahn’s life was as compelling as his buildings. Thirty years after his death, his filmmaker son goes in search of the true Lou with the documentary My Architect.

Motor City

Thanks to Eero Saarinen’s flexible plan and General Motors’s commitment to design, the original GM Technical Center is still a model corporate campus.