Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2013 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Using Data in Drawings: Inside Niels Diffrient's Creative Process Martin Pedersen, By drawing complex diagrams of our bodies, the designer transforms constraints into sources of creativity.Olson Kundig Transforms Vacant Storefront Into Brainstorming Space Fred Moody, Serving as an informal R&D lab, the firm’s street-front exhibition space helps them interact with the public and discover new paths to creativity.When Feeling Inspired, John Pawson Reaches for a Camera, not a Pen Paul Makovsky, Instead of the sketchpad, the master of minimalism uses photography as a tool for both inspiration and communication. Piero Lissoni Is Piero Lissoni's Toughest Client Eva Hagberg, The architect might take two hours to draw a house or a chair, and then spend two years methodically refining it.The Creative Process | Material Choices - Scholten & Baijings Avinash Rajagopal, The designers plunge into the technicalities of pigment and production to suggest bold new directions for an entire industry.Inside Outside: Designing Textiles As Extensions of Architectural Thinking Avinash Rajagopal, Inside Outside shapes its stunning textiles through a constant dialogue with its collaborators.Morning Watercolors: Inside Steven Holl's Creative Process Martin Pedersen, For visualizing concepts and pulling all aspects of a project together, the architect is a firm believer in the art of the watercolor.The Iterative Evolution of Jeffrey Bernett's Landscape Chair Lara Kristin Herndon, By responding to market and user feedback, the designer created three distinct versions of his now classic chaise lounge.Obsessive Model-Making: Inside OMA NYC's Creative Process Ian Volner, The firm takes free-form trial and error to almost dizzying heights before locking onto a final direction. A Wall Surface That Emits Light and Absorbs Noise Shannon Sharpe, Philips and Kvadrat join forces to integrate LED displays into a noise-absorbing panel. Shapeshifter Shannon Sharpe, Philippine Lemaire’s four-part Itisy table can change to fit a variety of uses and spaces. The "Research" in Architecture Research Office Is No Joke Philip Nobel, Having reached architectural early middle-age, ARO now seems poised for greatness. On Glenn Beck and America's Climate Change Divide Karrie Jacobs, The right-wing crackpot doesn’t realize who he’s borrowing from. Architect-Turned Designer Alan Bertreau Launches Objekten Shonquis Moreno, Alain Berteau’s Objekten line convinces customers to balance cost with quality. A Design Award That Rewards Urban Play Kimberlie Birks, The Playable City Award envisions fun ways to engage with urban environments. Chicago Nonprofit Launches Furniture-Production Shop Derrick Mead, Rebuilding Exchange brings construction waste and the local community together. Benjamin Hubert Mashes up the "Super Man-Made" With Old Craft Giovanna Dunmall, Benjamin Hubert has built his practice based on a research-led process. Sao Paolo's Modernist Buildings: Beautiful & Soulless Susan Szenasy, A recent trip to São Paulo has our editor in chief thinking about the nature of cities.