Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2008


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 These are unpublished typefaces, designed at home in the thermal comfort of AC while steering clear of the muggy outside air that is filled with a savor of BBQs.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.”

Whose Property Rights?

The clash between private interests and public welfare in Oregon raises a question that has vexed the nation since its founding.

Beech Boy

With its curved beech-and-oak construction and natural wood finish, Naoto Fukasawa’s new Hiroshima chair may seem like a departure for the Japanese designer. After all, his best-known products, for Muji and the consumer-electronics brand Plus Minus Zero, are overwhelmingly in plastic. Hiroshima, by contrast, looks like an updated version of one of Hans Wegner’s iconic armchairs. But this chair—the result…