Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2006


Our Ailing Communities

Public-health advocate Richard Jackson argues that the way we build cities and neighborhoods is the source of many chronic diseases.

Starting Out Small

By building a single-family house on land too tiny for other developers, one young Toronto firm is making a name for itself.

ADA Made Easy

As a US Army captain Hoa Vu witnessed firsthand the needs of the disabled. Now an architecture intern, he has created a quick-reference guide to ADA regulations. Composed of commonly used diagrams and specifications, the 36-by-48-inch poster puts compliance within easy reach. For information on how to order this poster, go here. October 1, 2006 Categories: Uncategorized

City Blocks

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….

Notes from Wunderground

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…

Check It Out

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…

DIY Defibrillator

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

Civic Fashion

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, but the…

Lorraine Wild

Lorraine Wild answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.