Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like. The mind and body rebel a bit at being kept indoors, especially on fine days, and especially at those events ostensibly about the environment, but held largely apart from, or in spite of it. Attendees fight to stay awake, praying for that next coffee […]
So I started out my summer by attending the Dwell on Design 2014 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center and was quite amazed. For a first timer I was able to immerse myself into the culture of novelty and excellence.
On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such a trip: the personal benefit of often irrational actions or events, like exploring huts 60 miles away in a desert in California; the social benefit of desert living; and the potential architectural benefit of
The month of June saw the opening of a major exhibition on the works of Le Corbusier at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the signing of a contract for a $2.2 million apartment in Lincoln Towers, about 20 blocks north of the museum. What, you may ask, do these events have to do […]
There is no away On some philosophical level, most of us recognize the truth in this adage which has gained traction in recent years.
About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget […]
The ravines of Port-au-Prince represent for me a perfect distillation of adjectives about this city.
Boston – When sustainable-living ideas, urban gardening, bike sharing, community-supported agriculture and bike-powered machines gather together the result is the creation of a pattern that can be defined as “off the grid” in the sense that it does not respect the regular strict grid that usually a city, with its own pattern, imposes.
In Portland, bicycles provide both an economic boost and a healthy way to get around for residents.
Massachusetts – Cape Wind Associates, the developer of the Cape Wind project, announced in a press release on April 11th, 2012, that it had finally awarded a construction contract for the 2.5 billion dollar wind farm project in Nantucket Sound. This should be welcome news for the majority of Massachusetts residents who support the Cape […]