The Wall Street Journal tracks
the rising popularity of TODs (transit-oriented developments), sprawl-busting mixed-use neighborhoods that place an emphasis on easy access to nearby train and commuter rail stations.
TIME braces itself
for "Walden" the video game. Yes, you read that correctly: an in-development role-playing video game based on Henry David Thoreau's 19th-century handbook to deliberate living and marrow-sucking. Explains TIME: "The digital Walden Pond will showcase a first-person point-of-view where you can wander through the lush New England foliage, stop to examine a bush and pick some fruit, cast a fishing rod, return to a spartan cabin modeled after Thoreau’s and just roam around the woods, grappling with life’s unknowable questions." I'm not really sure what to say about this one ...
the biggest, baddest and brightest ideas set to debut at this year's annual Lightfair
show taking place (May 9-11) in a city with no dearth of light fixtures: Las Vegas.
Jetson Green steps inside
Santa Fe's Shoebox House, a lovely LEED Platinum abode with a stucco exterior that was built for less than $200 per square foot. Praxis Design/Build
is behind the 1,700-square-foot home that was completed in less than seven months.
Co.Design gives props
to a Japanese A-frame home that's built around a pair of gawky but loveable trees that climb, unobstructed, through openings punched into the overhang of the roof.
Dwell is smitten
with a solar panel-clad vacation compound on Canada's Georgian Bay that's shared by two city-dwelling couples. I'll take one of those giant "nap swings," please.
The Hairpin is currently enrolling
for Laundry School. Clean Person extraordinaire Jolie Kerr wants to help, even if it just means reviewing the basics (separating, loading, cycle selection, drying, folding): "I would be more than willing to go through the basics of laundry, of course! I mean, who loves gabbing about laundry more than me? Maybe the Maytag Man, but we all know that guy's a close-talking pervert. Plus I've got wine."