Over the past week or so, I’ve tried to describe some of the great buildings and public spaces around Boston… or, at the very least, my favorites. My choices have encompassed everything from the Malden Public Library by H.H. Richardson to some Boston Schoolyards to William Rawn’s wonderful tower over at Northeastern University, and on and on.… Continue Reading
In our ‘Eco Genius of the week’ segment, we seek out innovative and creative companies with an eco and sustainable ethos. This week’s focus? Greentown Labs, a co-working facility for entrepreneurs making strides in the green space. They provide office space, machinery, and software for start-ups–and happen to be just down the road from our BTW Magazine headquarters, which has given us the chance to check out the workplace on more than one occasion.… Continue Reading
This is my last blog post on great buildings, and I will end on the type of homes that most of us actually live in: single family homes, generally outside the urban core.
The Gropius House in Lincoln, MA: Walter Gropius was another pillar of modern architecture, and the founder of the Bauhaus School of architecture, a movement that emphasized efficiency, simplicity, and the inclusion of new materials in construction.… Continue Reading
Given that this is BTW magazine, let’s get to some great residential buildings, specifically with a focus in this blog on urban and vacation homes. Here are the rules for the choices: this house must be a green home with a clear preference for small buildings (much more sustainable in every way), being super-efficient (energy efficient and beyond), infill projects (reclaiming old buildings or urban spaces), and beautiful with a definite bias toward my friends who are architects and builders.… Continue Reading
Healthy, sustainable living starts in the home, but sometimes it also takes to the open road. The best, most environmentally sound destinations and places to stay, in our humble opinion, aren’t the spots that merely suggest we re-use the towels, but that go above and beyond, integrating eco-consciousness in everything from the design, room service, and furniture to their energy sources.… Continue Reading
For better or worse, I’m now at the age when friends are coming to visit Boston specifically to look at local colleges and universities. (Luckily my own kids aren’t that old yet.) With that in mind, let’s take a step to the side and take a quick look at campus architecture and where the best of it is in Boston.… Continue Reading
Picking up on yesterday’s blog of “Great Buildings in Boston: the Municipal” version, I now want to change gears and focus on outdoor spaces. The switch is that they have to be environmentally friendly in terms of their water use and be great community meeting places.… Continue Reading
Rhubarb is the Robert De Niro of the produce world; it either plays a character that’s extremely sweet and complicated, or one that ’s downright evil. All depending on the presentation.
Example: Remember when you were little, and there were those weird other kids who used to walk around gnawing on a drool-y stalk of raw rhubarb, while trying like hell to pretend they were actually eating a piece of candy or a popsicle, both of which their mom refused to give them, because to do so would’ve been “unhealthy”?… Continue Reading
What makes a great building, in my eyes? Well for starters, the title of is this blog mini-series is a misnomer of sorts; I’m going to allow myself to include buildings outside (though not too far outside) of Boston, with some thought given to their eco-features.… Continue Reading
“Water, water everywhere… But not a drop to drink.” I was in grammar school when I first heard this poem. Candidly, it didn’t resonate much with my back then. But it sure does now.
A quick review of the U.S. Drought Map, released last week, makes the picture pretty clear: The southwestern part of the country is struggling with drought.… Continue Reading