Q&A: At Home with Lucia Eames

Charles Eames's daughter talks about preserving the legacy, saving the house, the new foundation, and making it all relevant to future generations.

Remembering Lucia Eames, 1930-2014. Revisit our 2005 interview with Charles Eames’s daughter, where she talks about preserving the legacy, saving the house, and making it all relevant to future generations.

Choosing Toys for a New Baby

What’s a first time, design conscious grandmother to do as she shops for a right toy? Consult Rudolf Steiner, of course.

What’s a first time, design conscious grandmother to do as she shops for a right toy? Consult Rudolf Steiner, of course.

Seeds of Enlightenment

Minding Design symposium brought together the fields of neuroscience and design education.

Minding Design symposium brought together the fields of neuroscience and design education.

Designing Hospitals in Asia With Cultural Sensitivity

Three Western projects in Asia reveal how even subtle cultural differences can significantly impact the design of hospitals.

  How can architects expand Western science and medicine into parts of the world with different cultural and traditional values? Western designers have been designing healthcare facilities across the world since colonial times. For centuries, the flow of medical knowledge — as with the flow of military and financial power — was one-sided. But over the past two decades, as…

Women in Green: Simran Sethi

Sethi challenges her audiences to listen to people who are not like you and then tell your stories in a way that they can hear.

I’ve written about Simran Sethi here before. She’s an inspiring, energetic green diva—a strategist, educator, and journalist. She’s had a worldwide career, yet somehow she landed in Lawrence, my hometown in Kansas, and taught for some time at the University of Kansas School of Journalism (my alma mater). Sethi has been doing some big thinking about the problems we have…

Moonrise Over Architecture

A competition by the Oregon Jewish Museum called for designs for a contemporary sukkah – a temporary dwelling erected for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Design me a structure that is open to the sky, partially enclosed, all natural materials, fragile, permeable, no heat, no electricity, no plumbing…and only lasting 7 days. What? Simple structures, complex and rich with meaning can still be irresistible to designers. A recent national design competition, “Sukkah PDX (Portland, OR), Ancient Tradition Contemporary Design” was sponsored by the Oregon Jewish…