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  1. An Introduction to Lighting
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Lighting

    One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  2. Fire in the Home 101
    Design 101

    Fire in the Home 101

    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...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  3. Warmth
    Design 101

    Warmth

    Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology at Harvard University, specializes in architecture and energy issues. “As fuel prices fluctuate,” he says, “you’re...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  4. Lighting
    Design 101

    Lighting

    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...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  5. Cooking
    Design 101

    Cooking

    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...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

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