Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2008


Urban Virtues

The values of historic preservation go far beyond the clichéd notions of nostalgia and NIMBYism.

Bringing it Home

Localism is an American tradition that goes back pretty much to the Declaration of Independence: the right to make one’s own laws, to be self-governed, to pay taxes only as it benefits one’s community. It is in some ways a deeply con­serv­­ative tendency, siding with the familiar symbols of the tribe and its beliefs, practices, and site-specific references against the…

Made in the USA

Contrary to popular belief, American manufacturing jobs haven’t all been shipped over-seas. Utilizing better design and state-of-the-art technology, the sector has actually grown.

RISD Rising?

Incoming president John Maeda has lofty plans for the art school—and a lot of enthusiasm for admin work.

Local Flavors Typography

Sibylle Hagmann Sweat drips if one dares to go outside between noon and 5 p.m. during the summer in Houston. These are unpublished typefaces, designed at home in the thermal comfort of AC while steering clear of the muggy outside air that is filled with a savor of BBQs. Cyrus Highsmith There is Providence, and then there is H. P….

Root System

George Nakashima spent a half century building up a woodworking studio in the Pennsylvania town of New Hope. Now his daughter, Mira, a craftsman in her own right, is steward of that legacy.

Local Flavors

This section of the magazine serves as a sort of introduction to the main event. Here we have invited some of our favorite writers—Bruce Sterling, John Hockenberry, James Howard Kunstler, Joel Kotkin, and Roberta Brandes Gratz—to weigh in on the subject of localism. Their range of responses highlighted for us the richness and enormity of the issue. For visual pacing…

Local Inspirations

The Campana brothers have created an engaging body of work that’s both global and deeply tied to their Brazilian roots.

Sizing China

The world’s first digital database of Asian head and face shapes could help change the way all industrial designers think about ergonomics and fit.

Questions for Alexandre Nucinovitski

The Times’s longtime architecture critic breaks his silence and reveals what compelled him to come forward with his allegations, how high up the conspiracy goes, and what (or who) is the “Bilbao-12.”