As the engineer behind the Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Ove Arup was a singular talent. But it was his collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that made the greatest impact on the built environment, and helped grow a uniquely innovative firm. Today, his eponymous company employs 12,000 planners, designers, engineers, and consultants, in 40 countries.
The impressionist painter completed nearly 400 paintings after rheumatoid arthritis deformed his hands. In Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting, “The Bathers” (“Les Baigneuses”), two young women lounge in the foreground. They are round and relaxed, all rosy curves and pink flesh on a bed of grass and blossoms.
Stink bombs, it turns out, are not merely weapons made for high school hallways. As science writer Mary Roach documents in her new book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, the U.S. Department of Defense has invested considerable time and money into developing "the world's most objectionable smell."
Sick of pitiful gluten-free meals, Oakland chef Lizzy Boelter set out to prove that having celiac disease doesn’t need to end anyone’s love affair with delicious fried foods. The only building on a block that feels more like a small traffic island, Oakland’s Grease Box restaurant is both unassuming and unexpected.
In their new exhibit, Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo explore immigration's human cost through personal belongings found along the US-Mexico border. In 2011, the photographer Richard Misrach saw experimental composer and performance artist Guillermo Galindo play a five-minute composition using instruments made from migrants' discarded belongings found near the US-Mexico border.
Pamela Babey is an expert collector and creator of memories. A founding principal of San Francisco interior design firm BAMO, Babey brings an expansive curiosity, a flair for pattern and color, and an eye for artisan crafts to luxury projects around the world. With a reverence for the past that matches her love of the modern, her work often combines the two in unexpected ways.
In 2008, San Francisco-based architect Chris Downey underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor that was pressing against his optic nerve. The surgery was successful, but three days later his sight was gone. Given the visual nature of his profession, that could have been a career-ending event.
Seattle-based LMN Architects, winner of the American Institute of Architects 2016 Architecture Firm Award, creates buildings that foster interactions between individuals, communities, and the natural world. Since opening in 1979, the firm has advanced our understanding of what sustainable design means through such innovative projects as the Vancouver Convention Centre West, which features a 6-acre bird habitat on top and an underwater reef below.
Amsterdam-based designer Piet Boon began his career as a frustrated contractor. Clients kept saddling him with either beautiful designs that weren’t functional, or functional designs that weren’t beautiful. Boon thought he could do better, so in 1982 he founded his eponymous design studio. Turns out his instincts were right.
Nearly 60 years after its hotel heyday, Cuba is back in business with U.S. hospitality companies. Earlier this month, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International were among a slate of hospitality and travel companies to gain approval from the U.S. Treasury Department to operate in Cuba.
On a Sunday afternoon in 2010, the Oakland-based cartoonist Daniel Clowes wanted to watch a movie. But not just any movie. "I began thinking, 'I wish there were more of those that I could rent,'" he said. "'I guess I'll do my own.'" Five years later, Clowes emerged from his home studio with Patience.
Glynn Washington thinks America is suffering from an empathy gap. "We can't imagine anymore what it's like to be someone else," said the host and executive producer of the popular NPR radio show Snap Judgment. "And unless we're able to do that, unless we're able to understand someone else's story, I think we're lost."