Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology at Harvard University, specializes in architecture and energy issues. “As fuel prices fluctuate,” he says, “you’re...
Lisa Heschong, a California architect with the Heschong Mahone Group, which specializes in research on building performance, doesn’t think much of firelight: “The use of fire for...
Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, says that some anthropologists believe that we tamed fire before we were even human. “When the first prehumans...
Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world. About 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned to harness the flame, setting us on the...
The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here's how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.
The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here’s how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.
Love superclean design but fear the building inspector? Here's our guide to skirting those modernist missteps.
Can you spot the 11 infractions in this modern house?
Fuss all you like about sprinklers and guardrails, we need building codes. Here's how to get your architect to play along.
Muculus Grigsby runs afoul of the permits department, costing him a chunk of change and loads of time.
How one homeowner chose a savvy architect, made nice with the building code, and moved in without a hitch.
Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.
Eating has always been a sociable event, from primitive campfire cooking to reclining on lectuli at lavish Greek and Roman banquets. However, although taverns and inns had always existed, the...
Listed below are some useful words for the experienced diner.
You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.
As impressive as Italy’s design legacy is, it’s the future that moves this lot. Get the inside track on what’s next.
A look at the greats of Italian design, from past untill present.
From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.
Ever since Adam and Eve’s unfortunate eviction, their descendants have been plunging hands and seeds into the earth in hopes of bringing forth food, beauty, and the satisfaction of taming...
What if you could get a real work of art for as little as $20? And it’s not
a coffeehouse portrait of Neil Young?