Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2010

 

Patriot Acts

Taking on climate change, a new book of posters demonstrates their continued vitality in the age of the Internet.

All Carrot, No Stick

A proposed Senate bill contains some of the most progressive ideas in urban planning today. The catch? The legislation doesn’t quite mandate anything.

The Green Vanguard: I is for IDEO

The renowned design consultancy recently teamed up with 3M to take on a particularly wasteful contingent of American consumers: bottled-water addicts, who run through a staggering 30 billion plastic bottles each year (less than a third of which get recycled). To try to break them of the habit, IDEO and 3M devised the Filtrete Water Station, a tabletop device that…

The Bell Jar

Bing Thom’s daring expansion of the Arena Stage, in Washington, D.C., restores historic structures and creates a new icon by enclosing Weese’s two existing ones.

The Green Vanguard: H is for Health Care

Designed by Gianfranco Zaccai HERMAN MILLER Just over 40 years ago, Robert Propst checked into the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor for back surgery. During his six-week convalescence, the president of Herman Miller Research Corp. and inventor of the company’s Action Office noticed that the hospital’s inefficient supply, storage, and distribution sys-tems placed unnecessary strain on doctors, nurses,…

The Green Vanguard: R is for Recycled

Designed by Kevin Crowley: UNSTITCHED UTILITIES Once used primarily in construction and for mailing envelopes, Tyvek has become the darling material of industrial designers, who have fashioned it into everything from lamp shades to shower curtains. Just as we were bemoaning the sight of yet another Tyvek wallet, the shoe company Unstitched Utilities alighted on a novel application for the stuff….

Lamp de Mer

MANUFACTURER: Foscarini www.foscarini.com This disarming desk lamp from the French designer Ionna Vautrin borrows its name, Binic, from a small lighthouse on the coast of Brittany. Available from Foscarini, it comes in a rich palette of colors—including white, green, amaranth, orange, petrol, and gray—and takes a compact fluorescent bulb. The shape may remind seafarers of a windsock, but we think…

The Green Vanguard: G is for Growstone

For many, throwing a glass bottle into the recycling bin has become a way of life. Now a Santa Fe, New Mexico–based company, Growstone, is finding innovative ways of bringing that bottle right back into our homes and gardens. After observing pumice being scraped from the nearby Jemez Mountains, Growstone’s creators wanted to find a horticultural alternative to pumice and…

Reference Page: October 2010

All Carrot, No Stick The League of American Bicyclists called the Livable Communities Act “a big win for biking and walking.” Passed by the Senate Banking Committee in August, the bill would set aside $4 billion in grants favoring “transit-oriented development.” But the right-wing blogosphere is already filled with visions of elitist bureaucrats forcing Americans to live in urban squalor….

The Green Vanguard: Q is for Q Collection

This collection of contemporary kids’ furniture, bedding, and accessories combines beautiful design with strict environmental standards and smart material choices. The Solare crib, shown, is handmade in the United States, using locally sourced ash from sustainably managed forests and water-based glues, paints, and stains. It’s the first Greenguard-certified baby crib ever. www.qcollection.com

Art Glass

U.S. DISTRIBUTOR: Wabnitz Editions www.wabnitzeditions.com Constantin Boym is fond of souvenirs. “In our product-saturated society, there is a great desire for special, uncommon objects of limited availability,” he says. Hence his studio’s Souvenirs for the End of the Century series (1997–2010) and now Souvenirs of Modernism collection, which launched over the summer and is expected to continue until 2020. Its…

The Green Vanguard: F is for Fiell Ethical Books

After a 15-year career writing books for Taschen (their 1000 Chairs sold over 500,000 copies), Charlotte and Peter Fiell left to create their own publishing company in 2008. The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts, published this month, is the third in their Ethical Book series, an accessibly priced line that marries cutting-edge graphic design with essential facts culled from…

Reviving the General Store

I’d love to see this idea in my neighborhood in Minneapolis (“The Suburban General Store,” by Belinda Lanks, May 2009). Zoned in the 1950s, we have 1,500 residential lots and about 3,500 residents, bordered on the south by an industrial area, a suburb to both the west and north, and another residential area to the east. Near its center, the…

The Green Vanguard: P is for Pocket Doors

Telecommuting may be a way of life for many, but creating a home office is often an afterthought. Häfele’s Hawa Concepta pocket system provides an easy-to-fit solution for wood or glass doors, which pivot and disappear for maximum efficiency of space. And the ease of installing and making adjustments to the system also saves time and money. www.hafele.com

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