Kadie Yale

Celebrate Spring at the Brooklyn Bridge Park

It’s hard to believe that spring is here. Almost more surprising than being able to wear shorts in March is the fact that the great concrete jungle that’s New York City actually has a wide array of brightly colored native plant life, such as the red columbine and southern magnolia. Already in bloom, the gardens at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier…

Bookshelf

Notable new releases on contemporary architecture, design, and culture.

A Very San Franciscan Transit Center

The new Transbay Transit Center offers a wide range of possibilities to California transit while integrating sustainable features.

The new Transbay Transit Center offers a wide range of possibilities to California transit while integrating sustainable features.

Deans List

In the past five years, dozens of new architecture- and design-school deans have assumed important leadership positions. This month we highlight seven of them, all of whom started work within the last year, and look at their plans for the future. Each has come into office with a particular set of ideas and experiences but with one thing in common—an…

The Green Vanguard: L is for Linoleum

Green designers love to incorporate the latest technologies in their projects, but they shouldn’t lose sight of tried-and-true solutions. Linoleum is a good example. Developed in the mid-19th century, true linoleum (not vinyl flooring, with which it is often confused) is made primarily of natural materials, including linseed oil, pine resins, limestone, and wood or cork flour. Now in its…

The Green Vanguard: G is for Growstone

For many, throwing a glass bottle into the recycling bin has become a way of life. Now a Santa Fe, New Mexico–based company, Growstone, is finding innovative ways of bringing that bottle right back into our homes and gardens. After observing pumice being scraped from the nearby Jemez Mountains, Growstone’s creators wanted to find a horticultural alternative to pumice and…