Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2008


New Malls, Old Ideas

With a handful of new retail projects, several major architects are attempting to bring the much derided mall into the 21st century. But is good design enough?

The Good Life?

A survey of leisure activities on the New York waterfront leaves a lot to be desired—in particular, something to drink.

Do the Strand

A young furniture designer combines traditional craftsmanship with a cheap, sustainable wood product.

Yours for a Price

It used to be that if you wanted to enjoy one of India Mahdavi’s chic little tables you had to hobnob with the demimonde at London’s Bungalow 8, where £10 will buy you a cocktail, if not much dignity. Now, through Ralph Pucci Inter­national, the Parisian designer’s furniture is available in the United States. The 18-piece collection includes the Flower…

Innovation from the Innovators

Metropolis asked some of the world’s most forward-thinking architectural and engineering firms to name their newest green products and systems. Their responses provide a snapshot of state-of-the-art green building.

Classic Zine

More than just the editorial birthplace of California modernism, Arts & Architecture was one of the most influential cultural magazines of the 20th century.

Hope Rising

“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…

Rags to Riches

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. October 1, 2008 Categories: Uncategorized

From the Notebook of Bryan Bell

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…

The Promise of Prefab

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.

Against Type

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…

From the Notebook of Teddy Cruz

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…