Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine November-December 2019 Issue

3 Low-Carbon Products to Add to Your Toolkit

A range of new options can help architects and designers who are working to lower the embodied carbon footprint of their projects.

A range of new options can help architects and designers who are working to lower the embodied carbon footprint of their projects.

Annabelle Selldorf on Compressed Earth Bricks

The architect discusses her fascination with this ancient and eco-friendly building material.

The architect discusses her fascination with this ancient and eco-friendly building material.

A New Chair Tests Magnesium’s Potential

The Vela Chair from Magis shows how the high performance metal stacks up against plastic.

The Vela Chair from Magis shows how the high performance metal stacks up against plastic.

Deliberate Progress: Teknion’s Products Curb Textile Waste

Teknion advances sustainability at both the individual and corporate level, finding the opportunities and choosing the right initiatives to expand not just the narrative, but also the reality of sustainability

Teknion advances sustainability at both the individual and corporate level, finding the opportunities and choosing the right initiatives to not just to expand the narrative, but also the reality of sustainability

Steady Change: Shaw Contract Designs Products for Multiple Lifecycles

The manufacturer has been committed to the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy, which embraces using recycled materials, for more than two decades.

The manufacturer has been committed to the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy, which embraces using recycled materials, for more than two decades.

Human Centered: Planet-Friendly Lighting, Designed for People

Lutron focuses on sustainability strategies with a people-first approach, where energy savings are part of an overall plan.

Lutron focuses on sustainability strategies with a people-first approach, where energy savings are part of an overall plan.

Full Circle: Aquafil Makes the Next Generation of Recycled Fabric

With its signature ECONYL® product and carpet recycling efforts, Aquafil is raising the bar for what recycled fibers can do.

With its signature ECONYL® product and carpet recycling efforts, Aquafil is raising the bar for what recycled fibers can do.

Comprehensive Strategy: From Recycling Programs to Product Development

Building on a long legacy of environmental responsibility, Armstrong is pursuing the highest standards of sustainability across its extensive portfolio.

Building on a long legacy of environmental responsibility, Armstrong is pursuing the highest standards of sustainability across its extensive portfolio.

The Path to Positive: LightArt Takes on the Living Product Challenge

Through recycling programs and Red List–free products, LightArt is setting itself up for its next goal, making products that are beneficial to the environment.

Through recycling programs and red list–free products, LightArt is setting itself up for its next goal, making products that are beneficial to the environment.

A Playful Tech Office that Nods to the Past

For the company Spreetail, Perkins and Will imagine a cheeky and colorful workplace set inside a 19th-century building in Austin.

For the company Spreetail, Perkins and Will imagine a cheeky and colorful workplace set inside a 19th-century building in Austin.

Material Insights: Being Green Goes Beyond Product Development

3form shows its commitment to sustainability by pushing the envelope on recycled materials, being transparent about its progress, and cultivating an environmentally conscious workplace.

3form shows its commitment to sustainability by pushing the envelope on recycled materials and being transparent about its progress.

6 Product Trends That Defined 2019

Against the background of climate disaster and political uncertainty, the year's design releases reflect a cultural desire for calm and familiarity.

Against the background of climate disaster and political uncertainty, the year’s design trends reflect a cultural desire for calm and familiarity.

Impact Strategy: USG Charts A Course for the Future of Sustainable Building

The wallboard maker takes the lead in its product categories, joining the Architecture 2030 challenge and committing to supporting a carbon neutral future for the building sector.

The wallboard maker takes the lead in its product categories, joining the Architecture 2030 challenge and committing to supporting a carbon neutral future for the building sector.

Humans Must Be Displaced From the Center of Design

In probing the relationship between humans and nature, two major exhibitions question the very foundations of design practice.

In probing the relationship between humans and nature, two major exhibitions question the very foundations of design practice.

Living Innovation: This Flooring Manufacturer’s Sustainability Initiatives Go Beyond Its Products

Mohawk Group merges biophilic design with green technologies to develop sustainable products, spaces, and community initiatives.

Mohawk Group merges biophilic design with green technologies to develop sustainable products and spaces.

Radical Transparency: A Flooring Manufacturer Works Towards Healthy and Sustainable Products

Tarkett is committed to creating safe spaces for people and ensuring its products' recyclability at the end of use.

Tarkett is committed to creating safe spaces for people and ensuring its products’ recyclability at the end of use.

Politics Has Failed Mothers. Can Design Help?

Designers, curators, and entrepreneurs are scrambling to make sense of motherhood in a culture that’s often hostile to it.

Designers, curators, and entrepreneurs are scrambling to make sense of motherhood in a culture that’s often hostile to it.

CO Architects Design an Energy-Efficient (and Eye-Popping) Student Center for a California University

The building at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, overcomes the hubris of its iconic predecessor by embracing context and climate.

The building at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, overcomes the hubris of its iconic predecessor by embracing context and climate.

High Tech Timber

SCI-Arc's planned robot annex promises solutions to real problems—in the building industry and beyond it.

SCI-Arc’s planned robot annex promises solutions to real problems—in the building industry and beyond it.

New Talent: the Architect Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco Knows How to Infuse Space With Narrative

The New York-based Spanish-born architect's work explores cycles of real estate boom and bust as well as his clients' personalities.

The New York-based Spanish-born architect’s work explores cycles of real estate boom and bust as well as his client’s personalities.