Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine November 2007



When the design firm Arketype considered a former Presbyterian church as a possible venue for its new offices, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, you might say it saw the light—literally. The warm indirect sunlight that filters through the building’s stained-glass windows seemed perfect for workers who spend much of their time staring at computer monitors. The five-month renovation, completed last February,…

Red, Blue, and Green States

Green architecture in the United States is as geographically polarized as the political landscape—and a look at  future eco-building sites suggests the trend will continue. The good news? More LEED projects on the horizon. Lots more.

Captain of Industry

A bootstrapping cousin of the uptown behemoths, the New Museum of Con­temporary Art has built a new home in downtown Manhattan that pays tribute to the traditional industrial environs of the scrappy artist. “It’s to be open, fearless, and alive,” says Lisa Roumell, deputy director and COO of the museum, which opens next month between two restaurant wholesalers on the…

Breathe Easy

Columbia Forest Products adds particleboard to its growing roster of formaldehyde-free composite woods.

Beyond the Spectacle

Dubai’s insane rate of development is easy to misinterpret—even caricature—but the cliché obscures the city’s more serious ambitions.

Starting from Zero

In establishing Japan’s first cultural institution devoted to design, fashion innovator Issey Miyake is hoping to expand the nation’s understanding of the subject.

Skyline of Tomorrow

If you don’t like the way Dubai looks today, wait a year or two—it’s changing fast. Here’s a selection of upcoming projects likely to have a big impact on the horizon.

8 On The Inside

Opulent, exuberant, and largely imported from the West, Dubai’s interior design exhibits the same sort of flash as the city’s over-the-top architecture.