Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2011
DESIGNER Martí Guixé www.guixe.com The Spanish designer Martí Guixé describes his latest product as “a cubicle for making fun.” Although that concept may sound oxymoronic to your average office drone, Guixé’s design does look pretty amusing. Called My First Office, it is—you guessed it—a miniature work space for kids, sure to be popular among all the burgeoning little CEOs out…
New designs at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair transform the fixtures of the work space.
Exhibition Metabolism, the City of the Future September 17, 2011–January 15, 2012 Mori Art Museum www.mori.art.museum/eng Metabolism was a Japanese movement that took off in 1960 when a loose-knit group of architects and designers—including Fumihiko Maki, Kiyonori Kikutake, and other disciples of the architect Kenzo Tange—distributed their manifesto, Metabolism 1960: Proposals for a New Urbanism, at the World Design Conference…
A workshop studying downtown Norman, Oklahoma, reintroduces students to the power of place.
With an unconventionally slanted wall inserted into a home design, Alphaville makes ample use of both space and light.
Deep Impact Here in the U.S., Indie Energy (www.indieenergy.com) may be spearheading a growing trend toward geothermal energy, but this country has been leading the way globally for quite some time. A 2009 report by the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association (www.geo-energy.org) identified the United States as the world leader in geothermal energy capacity, with California and Nevada making up 97…
Indie Energy pioneers geothermal alternatives in dense urban environments.
Generating electricity through applied pressure is a rapidly evolving technology.
In a thoroughly researched compendium on office-chair design, Jonathan Olivares reveals the genius in the details.
IDEO, Making Government More Innovative, Less Bureaucratic
The nimble consultancy IDEO brings design thinking to political structures in desperate need of reinvention.
The nimble consultancy brings design thinking to political structures in desperate need of reinvention.
From the mind of a student comes a commercially viable lighting design.
Beyond Style? From David Proffitt: The headline of this article (“New Urbanism: The Case for Looking Beyond Style,” by Andrés Duany, April 2011, p. 74) points to an exciting premise. A New Urbanism divorced from any particular architectural style, particularly the retro architecture with which it has become so closely associated, would make the movement’s evidence-based approach to city planning…
Start with Citizens Even in complex problem-solving situations, a human-centered approach can lead to simple steps that encourage change. Like most organizations we’ve come across, government groups and agencies want to serve the public better. But to do so, they need to get better at understanding the people they serve. What are their needs and aspirations? Often, a few genuine…
Our columnist gets a tour of Manhattan’s newest addition to the high-end, high-rise rental market.
Modeled after a venue where people exchange nuptials, the Sunset Chapel offers respite in a celebratory setting.
Created as an outdoor collection but sold for more than five decades as indoor furniture, the newly reintroduced Eames Aluminum Group returns to the patio.
Ziba’s JumpSeat elegantly bridges a design gap between folding chairs and theater seats.
For her first commercial interior, Angie Hranowsky pulls off big style on a shoestring budget.
A San Francisco firm known largely for its conceptual work redesigns a workplace on a shoestring budget—and then is invited to move in with the client.
Hella Jongerius’s new fabric collection was inspired by the traditional weavers of Mexico and Guatemala.