Foil Curtains: The Cure to Hot House Blues

Super lightweight foil emergency blankets cost about $1.50 at outdoor gear shops

This spring, we were delighted as kittens in a perpetual sunbeam to have, well, a perpetual sunbeam coming in through the glass doors to our balcony. We were on the third floor of an old brick building that still had winter’s cold in its bones....


Stop Buying Stuff

We hear the messages over and over again to buy the fastest version, the newest model, and the most recent upgrade. We’re told by our politicians that if we don’t buy stuff, the economy will collapse. And then there’s this guy. He has a different...


the most important solutions come out of the most important questions

The most interesting solutions come out of the most interesting questions. That insight about what the problem might actually be is often the most important and the biggest creative step. If you just assume you know the question, especially if it is the same question everybody else is asking, you’ll probably get to the same answer everybody else is getting.

— Tim Brown, CEO & President of IDEO, Author of Change by Design

The full quote: “Figure out what the question is. Many of us think, when we’re talking about design, is that it’s all about solving the problem and being creative about that. But I find generally, the most interesting solutions come out of the most interesting...


Green Bronx Machine

“We want every kid to look out a classroom and see a beautiful green roof growing food that will be accessible to all from the school.” Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine The Bronx Green Machine is planting seeds of vegetables and hope in neighborhoods where...