Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2011



Notable new releases on contemporary architecture, design, and culture.

Notable new releases on contemporary architecture, design, and culture.

Designing the Future

Allan Chochinov explores the challenges and opportunities of creating a master’s program in product design at SVA.


The industrial designer talks about his legendary mentors and the absolute primacy of the pencil.

Starter Cubicle

DESIGNER Martí Guixé 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…

Genetic Engineering

Exhibition Metabolism, the City of the Future September 17, 2011–January 15, 2012 Mori Art Museum 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…


Deep Impact Here in the U.S., Indie Energy ( 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 ( identified the United States as the world leader in geothermal energy capacity, with California and Nevada making up 97…


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…

7 Keys To Design & Innovation for Government

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…