During the summer of 2013, my husband and I took a very uncharacteristic vacation to a spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. I say “uncharacteristic” because a spa in the desert at the height of summer would not normally be at the top of our list of vacation destinations. [Read more…] about A Wall, No Matter How Pretty, Is Still…a Wall
Can you tell what it is?
I was speaking at a Society for College and University Planning event in Denver this spring, [Read more…] about I Bet You Can’t Guess What this Is!
While Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center works diligently to restore and preserve some of Portland’s earliest buildings and neighborhoods, the Pearl District and South Waterfront are on the frontier of Portland’s newest and most innovative building projects. While those that that adore the curves and detail of the Meier & Frank building on SW 5th Ave. may [Read more…] about What can Portland learn from Jerusalem?
If I were supernatural, I might choose to be an awning fairy. My mission? Roaming the land, eradicating horrible awnings with the touch of my sparkly magic wand. (By roaming, I mean that I would be flying, of course.) [Read more…] about There Is No Such Thing as a Rain-Free Downtown Experience
Around the world people have lived, worked and traveled underground. Coober Pedy, Australia, has numerous underground residences to escape the mid-day sun; subways around the world are accompanied by subterranean shopping malls. [Read more…] about Subterranean ‘Earth Scraper’