Rick Poynor
Exposure: American Hermit by Alec Soth
Rick Poynor
Exposure: The Colossi of Memnon by Francis Bedford
John Thackara
Food As A Commons

People go hungry not because of a shortage of production, but because the food available is too expensive, or they lack the land to grow it on. In California, the prototype of a combined social, political and technical solution has been launched which promises to unlock the food system crisis.

Alexandra Lange
Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, Freelancer
Alexandra Lange
A World of Paste and Paper

Today's obsession with digital renderings sparked two exhibitions that suggest a handmade, but far from quaint, corrective.

Rick Poynor
David Maisel and the Apocalyptic Sublime
Change of State

"Change of State" — a site specific projection on the facade of the New Museum during Ideas City Festival, Saturday, May 4th, 2013.

Alexandra Lange
Portlandia + Timelessness
Flickr Collection of the Week: Signs of Pittsburgh

Bright cursive hope and rust-covered despair, sigils of titans and corner store shingles, the quick and the decaying done for, encomiums to vanished glory and the name of an immortal beer-and-a-shot bar.

Alexandra Lange
Patterns of Houston
Rob Walker
What Are You Looking At?
Rob Walker
13 Striking Landscape Fictions
Alexandra Lange
Hiking the Museum

Ennead Architects’ new Natural History Museum of Utah works to make natural history seem like the ongoing process of discovery that it is, layering geology and topography, paleontology and interactivity.

Rob Walker
Observational Instruments, Observed
Alexandra Lange
The Well-Tempered Environment

Water features, old trees, food trucks. Three elements of the architecture of outdoor civic life in North Texas.

Alexandra Lange
Decorating Brutalism: The Interiors of Kevin Roche

How do you decorate a brutalist building? For architect Kevin Roche, the answer was brown, mirrors, and trees.

Alexandra Lange
Lessons from the High Line
Barbara Flanagan
The Dissing of Summer Lawns

How one Californian was forced (and inspired) to exchange sod for low-water plants.

Alexandra Lange
Jane Austen, Landscape Architect
Alexandra Lange
Jane Austen, Architect?

Why is Austen next to Ballard on the Designers & Books lists?

Alexandra Lange
Muddying the Waters

Explore New York's watery edges with the graduating class at D-Crit.

Julie Lasky
DesigNYC, Round 2

Report on second round of pro bono design initiatives fostered by DesigNYC.

Jason Orton
Tinder Boxes

Hal Clifford, and Jason Houston
Stone River: The Passion of Jon Piasecki

Landscape architect Jon Piasecki, talks about nature, the woods, and a recent multi-year stone works project in New York State — Stone River

William Drenttel, and Jon Piasecki
The Stonework of Jon Piasecki

"Stone construction is one of the most enduring traces of human activity. Any effort to quarry, cut and stack it is one that requires a powerful incentive, extensive planning and specialized skill." The Stone River project of Jon Piasecki.

Justin Partyka
The East Anglians

Image from photographer Justin Partyka's series, The East Anglians, about the decline of rural culture in the UK.

Karrie Jacobs
A Thousand Points on Light: Part I

Debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.

Jason Orton
Going Coastal

Photo of Holliwell Point, Essex County, England by Jason Orton.

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