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It makes sense that President Obama considers his contributions to ease climate change his greatest legacy. The potentially catastrophic effects on our planet’s ecosystems, and especially on the Greenland and Antarctic icecaps—a rise in sea levels measured not in inches but in tens of feet—might well be the biggest challenge to face mankind. Consider the… Read more »

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Music, movies, T.V. shows, social media, instant messaging, restaurant reviews and recommendations, shopping, breaking news: The dynamics of my daily activities have one thing in common—dependency on the Internet. Not including work, I’m connected three hours a day. A majority of my recreational time includes streaming music on my commute, winding down with a Netflix… Read more »

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As a father with a six-year-old daughter, I often bring her to various local playgrounds for weekend fun time. One special playground deserves attention; not only did she have a great time, but it also influenced me deeply as a designer. The Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and… Read more »

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TOO MANY TREES

Two of my ongoing retail clients just told me that we have too many trees in their designs. “Take them out,” was the order. Then last week there was a book about Islamic cities lying on one of my colleague’s desks. I flipped through it and saw the following: Examples of disallowance in streets: number… Read more »

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“High-consequence risks have a distinctive quality. The more calamitous the hazards they involve, the less we have any real experience of what we risk: for if things ‘go wrong’, it is already too late.” Anthony Giddens NASA’s recent finding that regardless of what humanity does, the world is locked into a roughly three-foot sea level… Read more »

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When we enjoy urban California’s verdant neighborhoods, fantastic parks, and green lawns we easily forget that most of this luxuriant vegetation is the result of irrigation. In times of intense drought like the one the entire West Coast is experiencing, it’s dismaying to learn that about half of the water the state uses in urban… Read more »

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