CHANGE OBSERVER : BRADFORD MCKEE
The National Association of Home Builders is upset about some new rules just put out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late November. Well, duh.
PLACES : SERGIO LOPEZ-PIñEIRO
Years ago the late urban planner Kevin Lynch suggested, as a topic to consider: "How to pile up snow in interesting ways, or to decorate it or color it, with an appendix on ice palaces." Now architect and educator Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, who teaches at SUNY Buffalo, proposes that we delve into the urban design potential of snow, so that "standard plowing techniques can become creative tools for generating winter landscapes and in this way spark a new public appreciation for snow-blanketed urban spaces."
OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL ERARD
I was born on soil; so were you. Which is to say, we were born in a place and no other, to which our forebears feel attached, and if we do too we may proclaim, "I was born on the soil of this place," in order to stake a claim of identity.
CHANGE OBSERVER : EVE M. KAHN
Young freelance curators Francesca Granata and Sarah Scaturro have produced a thought-provoking and downright fun survey of how American designers are trying to keep clothes and textiles out of the waste stream and involve fewer sweatshops, less pesticides and more DIY in the supply chain.
OBSERVATORY : ARS LIBRI LTD
We are pleased to present a slideshow of a remarkable and extensive collection of Dutch graphic design by the designer Piet Zwart (1885-1977).
PLACES : BARBARA PENNER
Over the years the trans-border cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Ontario, have had multiple identities — honeymoon destination, casino resort, factory town, Superfund site — all rooted in the presence of the famous waterfalls, the most powerful in North America. Architectural historian Barbara Penner, in her review of Inventing Niagara
, by Ginger Strand, recounts a contradictory history of landscape stewardship and exploitation. "Niagara Falls," she writes, "has been not only one of the most famous natural wonders in the world, but also one of the most exploited, the preeminent staging ground for the ur-battle of American culture: the battle of human against nature, of the power of nature versus man's ability to harness it."
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on PACT, an underwear company that embraces green manufacturing and donates a portion of its revenue to nonprofits.
PLACES ARCHIVE: SPRING 2005
From hot tubs to bodegas: a Houston subdivision built for the '60s singles lifestyle has found new energy as a multi-ethnic neighborhood.