Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2008
Babies need to be weighed regularly to check their development, but most infant scales are cumbersome, ugly, and cold to the touch. Taiwan’s Duck Image has envisioned an alternative that is equal parts 2001 and Homer Simpson. The Bubble Infant Scale prototype, which also received a Red Dot Award this year, is made of transparent plastic bubbles (resembling donuts) that…
Having your doctor poke you whenever it’s time to take your medicine could get a bit tiresome. Thankfully, there’s Helping Hand Data Capture, a new device from Medicom, Bang & Olufsen’s medical-products division, which reminds you with beeps and colored lights that it’s time to swallow a pill. The svelte design, a Red Dot Award winner this year, also connects…
Architex’s Rx 7000 collection, which won a NeoCon Gold Award over the summer, combines soothing imagery with durable Trevira CS fiber that can withstand the beating it’s likely to encounter as a hospital privacy curtain, drapery, or bedspread. Two patterns by Angela Adams (Happy is pictured) stand out for their handsome geometry and bold colors. Adams’s Pop naturalism may not…
A Brooklyn architect is recruited to design a chapel for his hometown in the Philippines.
A young photographer explores the view from the hospital bed.
A difficult form becomes a reality, thanks to persistence and lots and lots of computer models.
A home-improvement project by Greg Lynn evolves into the Blobwall, a modular wall system produced by Panelite.
A Bronx Zoo landmark gets a green upgrade and a new group of residents.
A new waterfront hotel disrupts Bordeaux’s 18th-century architectural vibe.
Soothing new designs are putting the hospitality back into hospitals.
Murray Moss answers a few questions on design retail, life, and inspiration—using his thumbs.
Radiohead becomes the first band to go all-LED.
Traditional fishermen in Lebanon land a custom-designed community.
A new breed of flexible, ultrathin lights seems poised for design ubiquity.
Thomas J. Campanella’s new book explores the implications—and contradictions—of China’s rapid urbanization.
A show devoted to the early impact of trains opens just as railways in the United States are showing new signs of life.
The Concrete Splendor of Tadao Ando
The primal power of Tadao Ando derives from his sublime use of one material—concrete—and one move.
The primal power of Tadao Ando derives from his sublime use
of one material and one move.
In a battered New Orleans, the CityBuild consortium creates a process for community-based projects.
Forget the film festival—the gaudiest display of power and money in Cannes involves real estate.
While the rest of the world builds high-speed railroads, we contemplate floating trains.