Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2006
A new museum aims to connect locals to an emerging cultural district in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Spectacle brings David Rockwell’s zest for life to the printed page.
Architect Matthew Baird gives rug manufacturer Tai Ping four new showrooms that embody the luxury brand.
Public-health advocate Richard Jackson argues that the way we build cities and neighborhoods is the source of many chronic diseases.
Graphic-design giant George Lois takes on boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Henry Dreyfuss and Edward Larrabee Barnes’s prototype manufactured home is rediscovered—just before being sold as a teardown.
By building a single-family house on land too tiny for other developers, one young Toronto firm is making a name for itself.
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
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….
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…
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…
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
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…
Frei Otto’s engineering technique gets new energy from a structure by Glenn Howells Architects.
A Dutch firm designs rock ’n’ roll apartments for baby boomers.
Lorraine Wild answers a few questions on graphic design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.
Let us now celebrate the man who brought grace, civility, and optimism into the design dialogue.
Knitters practice urban beautification by taking their needles to the streets.
The latest environmentally friendly surfaces.
Clusters of self-sustaining suburban villages can be the way we grow—without sprawling.