Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2008
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…
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…
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…
Jürgen Laub and Markus Jehs remake the teapot into a stylish, ergonomic, and drip-free vessel.
Rick Sundberg embraces a Seattle building’s history for the new Wing Luke Asian Museum.
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…
A Toronto design studio brings its skewed sensibility to bear on a restaurant.
Mexico City’s iconic avenue is experiencing an incongruous influx of luxury high-rises.
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…
“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…
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
By partnering with Autodesk, Pecha Kucha hopes to propel great projects from presentation to reality.
A pair of Dutch artists aims to empower a Cairo community with a fantastically detailed miniature replica.
Recruited by a German nonprofit, disabled workers fashion exquisite housewares.
The new Capitol Visitor Center symbolizes the kind of nation we have become.
A Connecticut couple works to pair designers with artisans—no matter where they’re based.
An architecture student delivers the perfect metaphor for a purse
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Despite its rich history, the nation of Turkey lacks a contemporary-design movement—something Barbar aims to change.
A young furniture designer combines traditional craftsmanship with a cheap, sustainable wood product.
A new Chinese restaurant in Manhattan avoids easy pigeonholing.