OBSERVATORY : J.D. MCCLATCHY
The argument had smoldered for a week,
Long enough for the fine points of fire,
Banked from the start against self-righteousness,
To have blurred in the pale ash of recrimination.
OBSERVATORY : MARY BADON
The traffic signal was first invented in 1912 — by a Detroit policeman named Lester Wire — as a two-color, red-and-green light with a buzzer to warn pedestrians ahead of the impending transition. In 1920, this basic design was modified (by another policeman called William Potts) to include the tri-colored red, amber, and green lights widely used today.
PLACES : BRIAN DAVIS, JULIENNE SCHAER
This spring saw the openings of Pier 1 and Pier 6, the first phases of Brooklyn Bridge Park, a major transformation of the former industrial waterfront of New York City's most populous borough. To mark the occasion, landscape designer and journalist Brian Davis interviewed landscape architect Matthew Urbanski, principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Their conversation focused on the design and construction of Pier 1, and on the challenges of both continuing and extending the city's extraordinary legacy of public parks, including Frederick Law Olmsted's Prospect Park. To complement the interview, we are pleased to include a slideshow of photojournalist Julienne Schaer's images of the park under construction. This is the first of an occasional series on Places of interviews with leading landscape architects.
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: WINTER 2007
Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.