Touring the Space Age in Sanford, Florida

Touring the Space Age in Sanford, Florida

One of my favorite parts of the 1960s TV show The Jetsons was George Jetson’s chair and all the push button appliances in Jane’s kitchen. Of course, as a kid, I didn’t appreciate that George’s chair was based on Arne Jacobsen’s 1958 Egg...
Exposing the Invisible Women of Architecture

Exposing the Invisible Women of Architecture

Women architects have been sidelined from history  for too long.  Take Ida Annah Ryan, for instance. Does this name ring a bell? I didn’t think it would. She was the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the first American...
Breathable architecture for a sustainable future

Breathable architecture for a sustainable future

Breathable architectural skin should be part of the conversation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference his week. This innovation looks exciting as part of the solution for reducing carbon emissions in the air. When I stumbled upon the term “breathable...
The future of Infrastructure: Let nature guide

The future of Infrastructure: Let nature guide

As a new subscriber to Orion, Nature/Culture/Place I’m delighted to see the magazine arrive in the mail. It was a double delight when I flipped to pg. 51 in this month’s issue to see what looks  like a giant furry boot. Furry boots amuse me, but...

Should we save brutalism? Who cares?

On June 29th the New York Times reported that  Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y. received the go ahead  to renovate its brutalist building designed by Paul Rudolph. Edward A. Diana, an Orange County executive complained that the flat-roofed concrete...