Developing a knack for kayaking

Developing a knack for kayaking

Last month, my husband Dave and I finally found the most important feature we were looking for in a kayak – lite weight. Our local dealer introduced us to the Crescent Ultra Lite, and three years after we had installed roof rails on our car, when we saw the orange...
Octagon Houses And Utopian Dreams

Octagon Houses And Utopian Dreams

The winding staircase pictured above suggests it leads to the heavens, but it wasn’t designed to reach the stars; actually, it is a stairway to Utopia. It’s a beautiful example of why I like architecture. Architects have inventive ideas about how to rearrange space....
Zaha, flowers, and sleepwalkers on the High Line 2

Zaha, flowers, and sleepwalkers on the High Line 2

I expected to make the 30-foot climb to reach  New York City’s High Line elevated railroad-turned-garden. It wasn’t the altitude that took my breath away; it was encountering the white backside of a sleepwalker. Stumbling away from me, hands outstretched...
Berlin, MD: colonial town alive & thriving

Berlin, MD: colonial town alive & thriving

My brother-in-law is a foodie. It was his idea to check out Una Bella Salute, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop in Berlin, MD. He was there for the olive oil; I was there for the architecture. When I pulled open the screen door to the shop the door made...
Getting lost in the Barbican, or creative strolling

Getting lost in the Barbican, or creative strolling

  Recently my daughter was in London, so I asked her to go to an architectural landmark and take a selfie. I suggested the Gerkin.  As it happened she went to a play at the brutalist  Barbican.  She forgot to take the selfie, instead she called to complain that...
Finding my way home: Buffalo

Finding my way home: Buffalo

I was thrilled to see this post from The architectural writer Alexandra Lange who visited Buffalo, NY. this summer. Lange’s article gave architectural tourists like me  a good reason to rediscover my home town. The city has more than Chicken Wings going for it....