Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine October 2012


Creative Deficiency

We spend more than $20 billion a year on the design and construction of new health-care facilities in the United States. And yet, from a design perspective, the vast majority of these projects are banal, at best. Why is the bar set so low for hospital design?

Spirited Revival

An amphitheater created by the design/buildLAB at Virginia Tech brings new energy to a struggling rail town.

Ronan Bouroullec

The older brother of the famous team talks about fetishizing objects, learning English, and walking to work.


Inquiring Minds FROM STEVEN BELL: This was an inspiring piece on why libraries still matter (“Still Here,” by Mark Lamster, July/August 2012, p. 46), whether it’s about books, sacred space, lectures, collections, exhibitions, or computer access. It would be great if it mentioned the librarians who make it possible for libraries to bring value to their communities. Librarians help people…

It’s Electric

With a $200-million investment and an entirely new business model, BMW makes its first serious foray into the future of urban mobility.


We challenge the design community to address the full arc of human life with its variety of needs.