Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2008
A new Chinese restaurant in Manhattan avoids easy pigeonholing.
More than just the editorial birthplace of California modernism, Arts & Architecture was one of the most influential cultural magazines of the 20th century.
“He won’t get far on hot air and fantasy!” Jonathan Pryce exclaims in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Made from 18th-century knickers, the movie’s dirigible is no more fantastical than Museo Aero Solar, a balloon composed of recycled plastic bags gathered around the world. Since 2007, artists Alberto Pesavento and Tomás Saraceno have held community workshops in seven countries, inviting…
A slice of Frank Lloyd Wright’s auto-utopia marks its golden anniversary.
A look at the origin of architecture’s motivational “2 percent” statistic—and why it’s wrong
To-Go Ware’s reusable bamboo cutlery sets don’t just save untold pounds of plastic sporks from the dustbin. The California company’s new utensil holders are also hand-made from discarded plastic bags. Working for Conserve, an India-based NGO, New Delhi ragpickers create vivid patterns based on To-Go Ware’s designs, compressing the city’s garbage into durable wraps.
These days, green design is about modesty, restraint, and community.
What role can architects play in contributing to the world around us? “The top’s off the bottle,” claims Bryan Bell, founder of the Raleigh, North Carolina–based nonprofit Design Corps. That’s because people’s ideas about the profession are changing. “When I was in architecture school in the late eighties and said I wanted to do community design work, people thought I…
John Quale is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the project director of ecoMOD, an ongoing design-build-evaluate project.
By partnering with Autodesk, Pecha Kucha hopes to propel great projects from presentation to reality.
In 2006, when Josh Owen was charged with creating a stool for Casamania, his mind naturally drifted toward what he calls “object typologies.” An associate professor of industrial design at Philadelphia University, Owen takes an assiduously theoretical approach to design, so an assignment to produce a simple stool is never quite that simple. He began by looking at successful examples…
As architectural activists go, Teddy Cruz is a firebrand. His passionate sermons begin with the observation of injustices along the Tijuana–San Diego border, but in his broad geopolitical gloss, urban inequality divides along a global north-south axis associated with immigration between richer and poorer countries. His presentations could be boiled down to a protest against the imbalances created by the…
Seth Hendler-Voss is a principal landscape architect for the city of Asheville, North Carolina, and a founding partner of the Design Corps Summer Studio. Amanda Hendler-Voss is the faith-communities coordinator for Women’s Action for New Directions.
A pair of Dutch artists aims to empower a Cairo community with a fantastically detailed miniature replica.
“The Luisa is one of the great chairs of the twentieth century,” says Brian Kish, a New York–based dealer who specializes in modern Italian furniture. Franco Albini’s 1949 design is one of four that Cassina will reissue this fall as part of its Cassina I Maestri collection. For Kish, the choices represent “Milanese intelligence and refinement at its very best.”…
The idea of incorporating hands-on educational experience with socially responsible design is not a new one, but its cultural currency seems especially relevant today. “When we started this, there were just a few programs going—I could probably count them all on one hand,” says Sergio Palleroni, the cofounder and director of BaSiC Initiative, a multidisciplinary design-build program that for 13…
Erik Van Mehlman, based in Durham, North Carolina, won a design competition to expand the Wake County chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s portfolio of homes. Later, he started Studio B Architecture, a firm specializing in affordable housing.
Recruited by a German nonprofit, disabled workers fashion exquisite housewares.
With the world facing unprecedented challenges, it’s time for the profession to redefine the terms of social engagement.
Jürgen Laub and Markus Jehs remake the teapot into a stylish, ergonomic, and drip-free vessel.