Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine September 2012 Site Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Welcome to Williamsburg Karrie Jacobs, Our intrepid columnist moves to Brooklyn's hipster epicenter The Getty Celebrates L.A. Architecture, Including the Buildings That Might Have Been Edward Lifson, Architecture shows in Los Angeles examine the city that is, and the one that might have been. For Steven Holl, Morning Watercolors Are Akin to Meditation Martin Pedersen, All of Steven Holl’s buildings begin the same way: with an intuitive brush stroke, usually first thing in the morning. “For me, drawing is a form of thought,” he says. “I start every project with a concept diagram. I used…The Human Dimension Jennifer Kabat, Ilse Crawford’s brand of immersive empathy results in rooms of uncommon warmth, tactility, and grace.I Have Seen the Future Shannon Sharpe, A new book on Norman Bel Geddes takes a fresh look at the utopian dreamer.Global Designers Tap Into Traditional Czech Glass Technique Lara Kristin Herndon, Collaborating with global design partners, the Czech lighting-and-glass manufacturer Lasvit brings centuries of tradition and craftsmanship into the dazzling, digital present.Going Big Avinash Rajagopal, Working at all scales, Lake Flato transforms from a regional player to a national powerhouse.Old Lamps and New Paul Makovsky, Recent lighting designs run the gamut from modernist classics to LED technology.Tailor-Made Paul Makovsky, Cecilie Manz creates an understated formal chair meant for informal meetings.Dividing Line Martin Pedersen, While New Orleans continues to debate the fate of I-10, local design students propose solutions.Ultimate Oxymoron Andrea Pinabell, Hotels are now worse for the planet than ever before. Recently built properties use twice as much energy per night as hotels built 50 years ago. Even so-called “green hotels” are often merely less-bad alternatives. Is hotel design inherently unsustainable?New Berth John Gendall, An addition encased in a nautical material reorients the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.Computers and Crafters Avinash Rajagopal, Cmmnwlth’s exquisite products forge a link between tradition and technology.Homegrown Ideas Avinash Rajagopal, A new book on Japanese houses traces the conceptual connections between three generations of designers.DIALOGUE Site Staff, A Better View FROM MICHAEL F. MCCAULEY: Where, oh where are images of the Piero Lissoni–designed staircase for his Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (“History Lesson,” by Eva Hagberg, July/August 2012, p. 66)? The “grand staircase” is mentioned no fewer than…Visual Fixation Site Staff, When designers favor only one sense, they fail to serve the full human experience.