Point of View - Point of View March 2010

 

Cold Comfort

In 2006, we wrote about Object Orange, a Detroit artists' collective that was painting some of the city's abandoned houses Tiggerific orange in an effort to call attention to its rapidly decaying neighborhoods. Last winter, a pair of Detroit artists…

An Architect's Journey

This Wednesday night, PBS will premiere the newest installment of its American Masters series, I.M. Pei: Building China Modern. Last week, I caught a preview screening of the documentary, which traces the eight-year design and construction of Pei’s Suzhou Musuem,…

Metropolis's "Fearsome Foursome" Celebrates a Decade in Design

From left: Paul Makovsky, Martin Pedersen, Kristi Cameron, and Criswell Lappin The architecture and design community has undergone dramatic changes in the last ten years--but here at Metropolis, the core editorial team covering those changes has remained remarkably steady. Since…

Nouvel's Desert Rose

The Qatar Musuems Authority's insanely ambitious plans for Doha's cultural infrastructure crept a little closer toward reality yesterday with the unveiling of Jean Nouvel's design for the National Museum of Qatar. Based on the preliminary models, the new complex is…

Attention, Unique and Commendable New York Architects

The city's AIA chapter just opened registration for its third New Practices New York competition, which recognizes "new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have utilized unique and commendable strategies--both in the projects they undertake and…

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens

With yesterday's long-delayed opening of Pier 1, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park is now approximately seven percent complete! OK, so there's still a long way to go until New York’s third great urban landscape is whole--but, if this first section…

Taste Makers

Nice poster! Also, nice event! If you're in New York April 2-3, be sure to check out Parsons's annual Aftertaste symposium, "dedicated to critically reviewing the field of interior design; identifying pressing contemporary issues challenging practitioners today; meditating on the…

Letter from Baltimore: The Humanitarian-Design Debate

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…

At Home with the Bronfmans

Warning: the 2009 documentary Casa Bronfman is guaranteed to arouse severe real estate envy in even the most sanguine New Yorkers. The 38-minute film--which is being shown this weekend at the 28th International Festival of Films on Art, in Montreal--takes…

The Metropolis Minute: Our Special Product Issue

. . . . . On the site today, you'll find Metropolis's annual special product issue. After the jump, senior editor Kristi Cameron explains this year's theme in the latest installment of our "Metropolis Minute" video series. Click here to…

Metropolis Conference Schedule Now Online

Hard to believe but true: It's already time to start making plans for this year's ICFF, the nation's premier trade show for contemporary furniture, which takes place each May in New York's lovely Javits Center. This year, the four-day fair…

Like eBay, for Wealthy Architecture Nerds

The vast majority of the architects and artists that submitted work to Contemplating the Void--an ongoing exhibition at the Guggenheim that re-imagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic building in fanciful, and often humorous, ways--have also contributed those pieces to an online…

Clinical Care, Industrial Setting

Last fall we wrote about the architecture firm Anshen + Allen's Green Patient Lab, a traveling mock-up of a hospital room stocked with the latest and best in sustainable health-care technology and design. Today the firm let us know that…

In Like a Lion

It's only the ninth of March and already we're having trouble keeping up with all this month's design news. If you're like us (harried, easily distracted, constantly hungry, etc.), then read on for a quick, painless recap of the month's…

Your Afternoon Time-Lapse Video Fix

As much as we love to read around here--and even though we rely on the printed word (and the e-printed word, or whatever you want to call it) for our livelihoods--by some Friday afternoons, we've reached our limit; it's all…

A Lamp Made From a Hamster's Ovary?

What is happening in the murky video clip to your left? To be honest, I'm not entirely certain. All I can tell you for sure is that this is a preview of the new work by Joris Laarman Lab to…

Refreshing Times Square

Attention, New York artists and designers: the city's Department of Transportation just announced  that it is soliciting conceptual designs to refresh the new pedestrian plazas at Times Square. As you may recall, Mayor Bloomberg decided last month to make permanent…

Preservation Society

For an enlightening and occasionally amusing glimpse of the arcane world of New York City landmarks preservation, point your browser to HDC@LPC, a new Web site by the city's Historic Districts Council. As a nonprofit advocate for New York City's…