Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine November 2005
America’s mania for big has reached epic proportions. Bigger is now more than just better—it’s ginormous!
Brand Central Station: Inside Bloomberg’s HQ
Bloomberg’s new offices, by Studios Architecture, weave information, technology, and space into a seamless display of interior urban planning.
Bloomberg’s new offices weave information, technology, and space into a seamless display of interior urban planning.
As the venerable conference reorganizes, a larger question persists: What relevance does it hold today?
As thoughts of rebuilding turn to action, some important questions must be raised.
Chris Garofalo’s transition from graphic designer to ceramist was evolutionary. “At first I did more painting on pieces than actual textures,” the Chicago-based artist says. “Eventually I wanted them to look like they grew by themselves, that my hand wasn’t involved. So I started doing less painting and more glazes that looked like skin and fur—natural things.” Garofalo’s work blurs…
Every product in Bloomberg’s headquarters reflects the brand as much as it serves the work.
The latest contract products are tools for personalizing office environments.
Information—key to the Bloomberg empire—becomes an intrinsic part of the visual experience.
Artemy Lebedev was tired of relying on little stickers placed on the bottom right-hand corners of each key as he alternated between typing in the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. In response to the frustrations expressed by multilingual typists like himself, Lebedev—one of six art directors at the multidisciplinary Moscow-based design collective Art Lebedev—engineered Optimus, a versatile universal keyboard programmed to…
Two decades later, Michael Graves is still best-known for one Alessi design.
Atelier Bow-Wow uses bright colors to squeeze lively spaces out of a small structure.
A Santa Cruz program promotes garage conversions as an alternative to sprawl.
Equal doses of nature and art produce a healthier dialysis pavilion in Pistoia, Italy.
A German studio responds to the ubiquitous Balkan air conditioner.
The Tel Aviv showroom for Israeli clothing line Delicatessen, by architect Guy Zucker, is inspired by the mutable nature of fashion itself. “Constant change is the most interesting thing about the fashion world,” he says. “I am always curious about where the line is drawn between the ephemeral and the stationary in architecture.” With that in mind Zucker set out…
Brass, steel, aluminum, and copper combine in a physical expression of a union’s craft.
Chicago’s premier venue for contemporary art overhauls its design collection and anticipates a new extension.
A design-build workshop in Nova Scotia reconnects students and practicing architects with the past.
Josh Schoenfeld’s Amplipod
Four years after 9/11—at perhaps the peak of the real estate bubble—very tall has never been hotter.