Point of View - Point of View December 2009

 

Our Most Popular Stories of 2009

With only about a dozen hours to go before the Champagne corks start careening for the New Year and a new decade, now seems like a good time to look back on some of the highlights of dear, dwindling '09.…

Architects and Third-Graders Agree ...

We knew architects liked the Chartwell School after it was voted one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2009 by the AIA. Apparently, students like it too. Last week, UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) picked Chartwell,…

Letter from Baltimore: Press Credentials

In her monthly “Letter from Baltimore,” Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson writes about architecture, culture, and urbanism in a city more often associated with violent crime than with good design. Click here to read her previous posts. For more by Dickinson, visit…

Winter Books Roundup

. Learning from Hangzhou By Mathieu Borysevicz Preface by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Timezone 8, 330 pp., $45 China is urbanizing at an astounding rate. Those of us who don’t live there might know this from statistics (like:…

NYC Has a New Energy Conservation Code

Click the play button to view the beginning of last week's "Show Snapshots" event. (Watch parts two and three of the video on our Multimedia page.) Last Wednesday, news was made at the Davis & Warshow bath products showroom. Hilary…

The Metropolis Minute: An Obama Executive Order

In her monthly editor's letter, Susan Szenasy presents opinionated takes on some of the most pressing issues in the industry today. After the jump, she discusses a recent executive order by President Obama that promises exciting opportunities for design collaboration.…

Happy Birthday, Oscar Niemeyer!

Niemeyer in 2005. Photo: Camilla Maia The great Brazilian architect turns 102 today--and, according to an Associated Press report last month, he is already back at work following his recent surgery for gallstones and an intestinal tumor. "I needed to…

Loving Panton

For more than three decades now, two bright-orange Panton Chairs have graced my apartments in New York City. They started out in the living room, then migrated to the bedroom, and now they’re my dining chairs, to be seen clearly…

Sky Lanterns and Wind Choreography

Back in 2005, we wrote about the artist Janet Echelman's remarkable textile sculpture installed over a small traffic island in Porto, Portugal. Now we've received photos of two more public sculptures by Echelman that again create "wind choreography" through colorful…

Accessibility Watch: Play Time

This week’s Accessibility Watch is travelling south to Rutledge, Georgia. About 50 miles outside of Atlanta, it is home to Camp Twin Lakes, where children with serious illnesses and other life challenges can still enjoy the summer-camp experience, thanks to…

The Wright Stuff

Last night was the press preview for The Wright, a sleek new restaurant shoehorned into a tiny space at the southwest corner of the Guggenheim Museum. For anyone who remembers its former manifestation--a maroon-walled café crowded with tables and framed…

Drum Roll, Please

It’s been over a year since the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt announced the departure of Paul Thompson and formed a search committee to find a replacement. No official announcements have been made and the staff members I’ve spoken to have either been…

Recycle Your E-Waste in Manhattan—For Free

If you live on Manhattan island and you’re feeling as guilty as I am for throwing out your old laptop and other electronic devices--or hoarding them in your small apartment because you don’t want to add toxic chemicals to landfills…

The Metropolis Holiday Gift Guide

A bit belated, perhaps, but here it is: your guide to the gifts guaranteed to impress the design devotees and architecture aficionados in your life, organized into four convenient categories: For Kids, or Kids at Heart Workaholic Chic Books (and…

E-Wall

This morning I dropped by Pike Loop, a temporary installation in downtown Manhattan designed by the Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler and fabricated by a large industrial robot that goes by the name R-O-B. Unfortunately for a robot lover like…