Clarity in Design
Martial arts have and continues to be a great influence in
many aspects of my life. Throughout my childhood to now, I have been a student
of various systems. My interest is in
both the physicality of self-defense, as well as the mental and spiritual
discipline. For myself as a martial
artist and an architec...
Animal and Architecture, Part I
by Louis Lin
a lot of us, pets are an inseparable part of our lives. Their existence is
integral to not only our daily routine but also our living space. For most
people, to make a space accommodate the needs of animals seems somewhat of
an indulgent idea. The difficulty partially lies in the paucity of information on
Chelsea Flower Market
I find myself shopping for flowers at the Chelsea
Flower Market for various reasons. Between photo shoots, events at the
office, and putting the final touches on a home, I am constantly shopping and
styling new arrangements. I often find myself browsing at the flower market, looking for the best that the season ...
I’ve long had a fascination with social insects, species that live in
group integration, division of
labor, and overlap of generations. It all started with the book The
Journey to the Ants: A Story of Scientific Exploration, an intriguing read
about the cooperation and communication of th...
by Andrew Dolan
the eighth grade, one of my childhood best friends and I made a pact that when
we each turned 25 we’d buy an old boat, convert it into a beautiful residence,
then sail it through the Panama Canal (not sure why there specifically) and
travel the world. At the ripe age of fifteen, I would have told you that there
by Ross Padluck
July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of
Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic
process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly
forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous plants
by Molly Denver
At Christmas this year, my husband and I found ourselves
hosting 10 family members in our small house, so we had to create more bedrooms
in a hurry. We decided to take on the
attic. I couldn’t find a proper “before”
picture, but this is it in its early stages.First, we put down plywood over the floor j...
Wood and Canvas Canoe DIYWH (with help)
My husband, Morgen, and I bought a country house in
Northwestern Connecticut. I wanted to get a canoe, specifically a basic plastic
or Kevlar one that we didn’t have to be precious about – my husband is also an
architect and is meticulous and I didn’t want canoeing to be a stressful
experience. He asked aroun...
by Andrew Dolan
Today, clients look for a very diverse range of amenities in
their homes; fitness centers, wine cellars, home theatres, spas and even golf
simulators. Of all the things that clients tend to look for, a conservatory is
rarely on the top of the list, let alone on the list at all. Perhaps the idea
of a home conservatory, o...
Wild blueberries on the property inspired the name for our
cabin in the woods.This past winterIn 2012 my husband and I were looking for
a place to getaway on weekends and bring our two boys to connect with nature. We found this quaint cabin in the Pocono Mountains about two hours from our home in New York. Sit...
by Molly Denver
Spring is here and I’ve added a new task to my already
rather long To-Do list. I need to build a chicken coop. I have some good friends who run Snowdance Farm in
Livingston Manor, NY, and they told us that they rent out chickens for the
summer to people who want to raise chickens but not to commit to dealing ...
Diamond in the Rough
by Ken Avery
Moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007 was the beginning of a new
life rich with opportunities for discovery and growth. St. Johns suspension bridgePeninsula Park, Portland’s original rose gardenOn east side of the river in Portland lies a vast network of
very pedestrian friendly, tree lined residential streets. Throug...