Forthcoming Titles

Metropolis Books editor Diana Murphy seeks authors and projects whose work can change the world through design, architecture, sustainable practice and activism. Lovingly crafted with very small teams of writers, editors, photographers and designers, each of our forthcoming publications aims to energize and challenge readers to join in and engage with the social, political and aesthetic issues that face our culture—both locally and globally.

 

Fall 2014:

What If…?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell

Widely admired for his sophistication, creativity and exuberance, David Rockwell is one of the leading architects, interiors architects and set designers working today. For over 30 years, he has explored his desire to imagine new worlds, to tell stories and to engage with others. This interest is rooted in his sense of play and possibility–an endless curiosity that continually drives him to ask, “What if?” What if you could step inside a crystal goblet? What if your environment transformed with every step? What if a restaurant could vanish at a moment’s notice? What if your ultimate escapist fantasy was real? What If…? presents a wide array of Rockwell’s brilliant explorations of the rich intersection between architecture and theater. Read More…

 

 

 

Spring 2015:

Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles

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Edited by Jane Brown, Marla Hamburg Kennedy. Foreword by Ed Ruscha. Introduction by David L. Ulin.

Los Angeles is a city of dualities—sunshine and noir, coastline beaches and urban grit, natural beauty and suburban sprawl, the obvious and the hidden. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles reveals these dualities and more, in images captured by master photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Lee Friedlander, Daido Moriyama, Julius Shulman and Garry Winogrand, as well as many younger artists, among them Matthew Brandt, Katy Grannan, Alex Israel, Lise Sarfati and Ed Templeton, just to name a few. Taken together, these individual views by more than 130 artists form a collective vision of a place where myth and reality are often indistinguishable. Spinning off the highly acclaimed Looking at Los Angeles (Metropolis Books, 2005), Both Sides of Sunset presents an updated and equally unromantic vision of this beloved and scorned metropolis.

 

The Future of the Skyscraper: SOM Thinkers Series
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Edited by Philip Nobel. Text by Bruce Sterling, Tom Vanderbilt, Matthew Yglesias, Diana Lind, Will Self, Emily Badger, Dickson Despommier. Illustrations selected by Michael Govan.

Offering a new approach to the presentation of architectural ideas to a general audience, the new SOM THINKERS series features writers who are experts in their field, many with sizable followings beyond the world of architecture, some applying their expertise for the first time. The series is originated by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, SOM has created countless iconic buildings, including, most famously, One World Trade Center.