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:

Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986

earthquakes-mudslides-fires-riots-california-and-graphic-design-1936-1986-20According to the cliché, California is the place where anything goes and everyone does their own thing. Maybe that’s because everyone knows that in California there’s no terra firma: earthquakes, mudslides, fires and the occasional civil uprising cause constant upheaval and change. California is fluid. It has a sense of humor. It is a place of constant innovation, where the entertainment, aerospace and high-tech industries found a home. California is the great mecca of consumerism, but it is also legendary as fertile ground for creativity, freedom and social consciousness, where the status quo undergoes constant renovation. Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots is the first publication to capture the enormous body of distinctive and visually ecstatic graphic design that emanated from this great state throughout most of the twentieth century. Read more…

 

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

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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…