Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2006
David Allee’s latest photographs capture out-of-context urban objects in an otherworldly glow.
Muji’s whimsical New York in a Bag, newly available from the MoMA store, reduces the teeming metropolis to a set of wooden blocks. There are some nondescript office towers, a few cars (presumably taxis), and the usual icons: Lady Liberty, the Chrysler Building, and the Guggenheim. A closer look also reveals Edward Durell Stone and Philip Goodwin’s 1939 MoMA building….
Clusters of self-sustaining suburban villages can be the way we grow—without sprawling.
New and notable books on architecture, culture, and design.
In the mid-1990s, fueled by cheap rent and the local art school, the crumbling warehouses of Providence, Rhode Island, birthed some of the most exciting art and music in the country. “It just sort of exploded here, and it exploded on and off for the last ten years,” says Brian Chippendale, drummer in the noise-punk band Lightning Bolt and a…
Visitors to Italian manufacturer Sicis’s new showroom in New York’s Soho will find a world of tile.
Most patrons exit the recently inaugurated Des Moines Public Library, in Iowa, with a borrowed book or two, but the custom Reader chair also merits checking out. Architect David Chipperfield, who designed the building, and New York manufacturer Dune collaborated to develop an upholstered seat that both complements the library and provides maximum comfort for visitors, all while staying within…
Mario Ruiz’s new series for Estoli brings flair to the accessible home.
A new museum aims to connect locals to an emerging cultural district in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Think you could remember CPR in an emergency? Would it even be enough? Thanks to a collaboration between its medical and consumer-products divisions, Philips is now offering the HeartStart Home Defibrillator. The device—think of it as “defibrillation for dummies”—features cutting-edge technology and clear voice instructions to guide even the uninitiated user safely through an emergency. October 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized
Can its “Smart Space” practice shake up the lumbering world of infrastructure, zoning, and public process?
Spectacle brings David Rockwell’s zest for life to the printed page.
Stand up, Akron! Tell the world about your rubber! The “City of” series of shirts, designed by Campfire, is created with a sense of regional pride. “But a sarcastic, open-eyed insider kind of pride,” says Micah Kraus, who started the company with Nick Caruso and Andy Taray in August 2005. Currently 13 cities are available online at wearecampfire.com, but the…
After two intensive years of research, Hella Jongerius and Maharam have produced a textile that juxtaposes handiwork and industrial processes.
Architect Matthew Baird gives rug manufacturer Tai Ping four new showrooms that embody the luxury brand.
Frei Otto’s engineering technique gets new energy from a structure by Glenn Howells Architects.
Erwin Hauer’s enticing wall screens captivated the likes of Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Florence Knoll Bassett. Now the artist enters the digital age.
Public-health advocate Richard Jackson argues that the way we build cities and neighborhoods is the source of many chronic diseases.
A Dutch firm designs rock ’n’ roll apartments for baby boomers.
By resisting easy temptations Renzo Piano has accomplished something rare: unstrained symbolism.