Metropolis’s 11 Big Ideas of 2017: The New Resiliency, Florence Knoll’s Legacy, Rethinking the Suburbs, and More

As 2017’s end draws near, we’ve produced a few articles that reflect the year’s most trenchant themes. 

Metropolis Big Ideas 2017
Designed by Richard Rogers for his parents, the recently renovated Wimbledon House serves as both a research center and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) London base. Courtesy Iwan Baan

Ecological concerns are top of mind for us as 2017 draws to a close. Destructive weather events have us questioning whether our current thinking about resiliency is adequate. Meanwhile, new sustainability ratings inspire some hope in their promotion of human wellness, as do the startups leveraging technology to tackle intractable problems in cities around the world. Against this backdrop, there are, happily, a few moments for enjoyment: Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House gets a new lease on life while Iceland’s designers strive to create an authentic aesthetic for its burgeoning hospitality scene. For more, see all our 2017 year-in-review articles below.

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