Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2007


The Lay of the Land

There’s something different about Iceland, and it’s not just throat singing or reindeer. Two recent projects—a topographical blanket from the collective Vík Prjónsdóttir and High Plane (top), an Arctic installation created by Katrín Sigurðardóttir (bottom)—point to the singular landscape as a fruitful preoccupation of the country’s artists and designers. Vík Prjónsdóttir’s Iceland-centric endeavors include the blanket, which renders the island’s…

Forget the Golden Arches

This month the MIT Press is reissuing White Towers, Paul Hirshorn and Steven Izenour’s 1979 tribute to the defunct hamburger chain, which for decades churned out elegant variations on a surpassingly simple architectural theme: white building, single tower, no nonsense. Charles Johnson, the company’s architect for more than 40 years, called it the “bread-and-butter” design—a model of fast-food efficiency in…

Clean & Green Production: Balancing Act

Milliken has been retooling its manufacturing processes for decades and now, according to a leading eco–think tank, is actually “carbon negative.” Impressive, but what does that even mean?

Ingo Maurer

Ingo Maurer answers a few questions on lighting design, inspiration, and process—using his thumbs.

Without Redundancy

In the wake of the Minneapolis tragedy, our columnist asks: As the interstate highway system ages, are other failures inevitable?