Hitting newsstands today is the 25th anniversary issue of Metropolis Magazine. With the original mission of bringing architecture and design to a savvy New York audience, this independent has only changed course to expand its breadth and become a national publication. Their ability to stay on point for so long is founded in their publisher's dedication, "he's our first reader and biggest fan" says Editor in Chief Susan Szenasy of Horace Havemeyer III.
To celebrate the anniversary issue the team looked back at the last 25 years for the catalysts that are responsible for today's directions in architecture and design. Feature stories range from Michael Grave's early 1980's controversial Portland building to the 1990's OXO emergence. There are also amazing spreads by different graphic designers each assigned a five year range to visualize.
One favorite section of mine is a stunning series of photographs titled Looking at the City which was curated by Creative Director Criswell Lappin. The 17 page spread includes personal works from various Metropolis photographers and will be expanded in a larger show here in New York at the Art Director's Club from 10 - 28 April 2006.