Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2008

 

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…

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…

From the Notebook of Sergio Palleroni

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…

Pet Project

Pet products are a natural lure for designers—judging from the Best in Show–style theatrics at August’s Pet Fashion Week NY, people are happy to dig deep in their wallets for ­­Fluffy’s Swarovski-studded throne. Fortunately, industrial-design preoccupations such as simple forms, eco-friendly materials, and social responsibility also seem to be coming to a dog dish near you. Here are a few…

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…

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

Model Citizens

A pair of Dutch artists aims to empower a Cairo community with a fantastically detailed miniature replica.

Do the Strand

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