Windows and Sustainable Design

The evolution of windows toward sustainability. It's something you probably don't think about very often - windows. They tell us a lot about a building, from its age and style to how energy efficient it is. An average home may lose 30% of its heat or air-conditioning energy through its windows, which is inexcusable considering … Continue reading Windows and Sustainable Design

Prix Pictet 2011: More than Just Pretty Pictures

An annual photography competition dedicated to sustainability. "Many photographers are concerned about our world and are producing work that, while often beautiful, still has a very powerful message for us: This is not art for art’s sake, it is art for our own sake." - Joerg Colberg, photographer, critic and Prix Pictet nominator. The Prix … Continue reading Prix Pictet 2011: More than Just Pretty Pictures

Bjarke Ingels Has Big Plans for the Big Apple

The 36-year-old Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is the hottest topic on the tip of every avant-garde's tongue. I'm glad he's here, mostly because he uses words like symbiosis and spontaneous interaction; hybrid typology and harvest resources. There's nothing sexier than a voracious vocabulary. And an architect. Ingels and his Copenhagen-based firm, BIG (the Bjarke Ingels … Continue reading Bjarke Ingels Has Big Plans for the Big Apple

Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles when phones were rotary and the coolest video game going was Atari Pong. Or maybe it was Pac Man. My point being that there wasn't a lot to do indoors after school, so we headed outside. After a quick snack, it was out the door on … Continue reading Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

Moss Talking

I've rarely been accused of being 'at a loss for words,' except when it comes to small talk. Inane chit-chat serves a purpose, I understand, but I'd rather just hear the silence in between. Call me anti-social, aloof or just plain boring, but my shutting up leaves plenty of room for observing, which has made … Continue reading Moss Talking