Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2009 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Learning, a New Game David Lepeska, Videos and role playing replace textbooks and midterms at one New York school.Green Rx Site Staff, Until not too long ago, the phrase “green hospital” was a contradiction in terms, and for good reason: health-care facilities are large, complex, 24/7 institutions, burdened with heavy energy loads and severe code restrictions. However, this is (slowly) changing. The…Made to Shade Site Staff, Création Baumann’s mesh curtains soften the Modernist glass facade.Growth Records David Sokol, Like the rings of a tree, these products reflect the time and place in which they were made.Rest Easy Kristi Cameron, A remarkably simple treatment for sleep apnea holds the promise of a good snooze.Fast Forward: Project H Karen Steen, Emily Pilloton and her spirited band of colleagues are creating a new model for 21st-century design activism.Design Prescription Paul Makovsky, A selection of products to cure an inhospitable health-care environmentStreet Style Belinda Lanks, In a year when infrastructure was a political buzzword, it’s no surprise that cities have recaptured our imagination. Towering skyscrapers, detailed street maps, and geometric city grids have popped up on everything from wallpaper to housewares and handkerchiefs. Pictured…The Conformists Paul Makovsky, Furnishings that are equally at home in residential and hospitality interiorsThe Mystery and Mythology of Architect Emilio Ambasz Suzanne LaBarre, An acclaimed architect and curator, a self-proclaimed father of sustainability, a poet of structure and form, a man of myth and mystery—Emilio Ambasz is surely his own greatest creation.The Greater Gehry Is a Smaller Gehry Karrie Jacobs, It’s been a tough year for the world’s most famous architect.Is the Death of American Design Greatly Exaggerated? Julie Taraska, Sure, the residential market here is conservative and industry opportunities are scarce. But a strong turnout at ICFF suggests that contemporary-furniture design is alive and well, thank you.Comfort Zone Belinda Lanks, An asymmetrical outline means this bathtub feels as good as it looks.Hyatt Unplugged David Sokol, The company gives its famous Sunset Strip property an artsy overhaul under a relaxed new brand.Beneath the Surface Ted Botha, Johannesburg’s history is embedded in the facade of a revamped power station.Mixing It Up Jade Chang, Working with a rotating group of artists and designers, the L.A.-based firm Commune relies on a gritty authenticity to create beautiful artifice.Doing Well by Doing Good Metropolis staff, They may be driven by the best of intentions or sense unique marketing opportunities. But companies large and small are discovering that undertaking socially responsible initiatives—being part of the solution—can have a positive effect on the bottom line.