Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine June 2011



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…

Space Share

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.

Crossover Appeal

Todd Bracher’s impeccable design credentials have caught the eye of an increasingly sophisticated contract-furniture market.


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

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