Author: Sherin Wing

Redefining Sustainability at the MUSE School

What is sustainable?  More to the point, what does the word mean when applied to a school? The MUSE school, founded by Suzy Cameron, offers some insight. The new campus in the Malibu hills opened with the help from Ecovations,…

LA's Powerful Past

By co-opting a time zone as its title, the multi-venued, collective event called Pacific Standard Time demonstrates its dynamic breadth and depth. Beginning with the post-war year 1945, it encompasses exhibits that span 35 years to 1980. The shows, exhibits,…

A Chat with Steven Ehrlich

Recently we reported that Steven Ehrlich won the Maybeck Award for his outstanding body of work as an individual architect. Surely, we reasoned, his continued success has to do with his thought processes. So we asked him about it. We…

Redefining Sustainability

Mesa Verde Balcony House. Courtesy National Park Service, nps.org The term sustainable has become one of those buzzwords that can easily be lumped in with granola and yoga. While it is hip to be sustainable, what exactly does this entail?…

Iwan Baan on Living Modernity

For Iwan Baan, Modernism is not merely the old adage that “form follows function,” nor is it an idealistic, uniquely Western European architectural vision that can be easily transported globally. Instead in his book, Brasilia – Chandigarh: Living with Modernity,…

Building Social Responsibility...Right

The Make It Right Foundation, established by movie star Brad Pitt, has received a lot of press. He and his equally famous partner, Angelina Jolie, are well regarded in philanthropy circles because they do so much of it. Poverty and…

The $5,000 Home for Developed Nations

Barnraising, image courtesy brockhistoricalsocieties.ca The best thing about architects is not simply that they use cool software or design buildings or even that they can help create interesting spaces. The best thing about architects is that they solve problems. In…