2008

James Corner: The Long View (Metropolis)

Corner has spent the last 25 years becoming that guy in a deliberate attempt to reinvent the field of landscape architecture by pushing aside its second-fiddle status and antiurban tendencies and claiming a more ambitious agenda: to design the postindustrial city.

This Is a Skate Park (Wired)

For years, architects have gone to great lengths to protect their buildings from marauding skaters. But as aesthetic trends move toward folded planes that transition seamlessly from wall to ceiling and back to wall, designers have been looking to their former adversaries for a lesson in flow.

Instant Suburb: Prefabs Hits New York (Wired)

Cellophane House is five stories tall, with floor-to-ceiling windows, and translucent polycarbonate steps embedded with LEDs. Its aluminum frame was cut from off-the-shelf components in Europe, assembled in New Jersey, then snapped together in 16 days on a vacant lot next to the Museum of Modern Art — joining four other full-size houses onsite through October as part of the exhibit Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.

Impossibly Starck (Wired)

Philippe Starck’s latest creation — a plastic chair — earned its name on the first sketch: Mr. Impossible.

Heaven for Hells Angels (Wired)

The Harley-Davidson is more than a two-wheeled miscreant-hauler; it’s one of America’s most important indigenous technologies. The 45-degree V-twin engine has remained remarkably unchanged since it was introduced in 1909. Now the Harley has its own museum, which opened on July 12 in Milwaukee, the bike’s birthplace.

Motion Granted (Print Magazine)

Animators, more than most designers, are caught these days between commercial and fine art, between serving their clients’ workflows and their own creativity.

Ocean Current (Wired)

Giant whirlpools, 100-knot winds, some of Europe’s mightiest tides: The icy waters off Scotland’s northern tip are no place for pleasure craft. But they’re ideal for power-generation systems that harness the restless fury of the sea.

7 Days Later (Wired)

Green subdivisions are the vaporware of the home-building industry. But northwest of London, British developers are pulling one off on a scale that Americans are still only mocking up in Photoshop.

Work With Me (Print Mag)

After two decades of pointing and clicking, here was the possibility of interacting directly with our data. With the sweep of a hand, he had softened the hard line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Saint Brad (Metropolis)

“So you’re a design junkie too?” Brad Pitt said to me, leaning out the door of an RV parked in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans one evening in December.

Carbon Neutral U (Metropolis)

In the age of global warming, the greening of the American college campus is a largely grassroots effort driven by students, faculty, and in-house staff dedicated to sustainable thinking.

The Accidental Environmentalists (Metropolis)

A chronic problem with employee retention led this pragmatic client to building green.