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 2015:

Design for People: Stories About How (and Why) We All Can Work Together to Make Things Better

Edited by Scott Stowell, Chappell Ellison, Bryn Smith, Alice Twemlow. Introduction by Alice Twemlow. Text by Pierre Bernard, Charles Harrison, Maira Kalman, Emily Pilloton, Scott Stowell, Michael van Valkenburgh, Alissa Walker, et al.


Most design books focus on outcome rather than on process. Scott Stowell’sDesign for People is groundbreaking in its approach to design literature. Focusing on 12 design projects by Stowell’s design firm, Open, the volume offers a sort of oral history as told by those involved with each project–designers, clients, interns, collaborators and those who interact with the finished product on a daily basis. Read more…



Brad Cloepfil / Allied Works Architecture: Case Work

Drawings and Models

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Text by Brad Cloepfil, Dean Sobel.


This publication offers a new perspective on the work of Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture, recognized for designing buildings of enduring quality and cultural significance over the past 20 years. Published to accompany an exhibition opening at the Denver Art Museum in January 2016, the book offers an inside view into Allied Works’ unique approach to design, a process driven by a rich material and physical investigation.

For Cloepfil and Allied Works, each project begins with the creation of hand drawings and concept models. These highly evocative artifacts–forged of diverse matter such as reclaimed timbers, porcelain, resin, glass, lead and steel–distill the essence of each project, and explore the dialogue among material, technique and intention that lies at the heart of architectural practice. Read more…