Retreat Adventures in Rural Mississippi

On the way to our annual retreat in rural Mississippi last month, some of us stopped by the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune to see the stunning Pinecote Pavilion by architect E. Fay Jones.  Like being underneath a canopy of trees, the thin wood framing of the pavilion delicately filters light and frames views of the surrounding… Continue reading

From Ronchamp to Roden Crater

Two current exhibitions in New York combine to provide some insights into 21st century design thinking.  One is the comprehensive Le Corbusier retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, the other is James Turrell’s magnificent installation at the Guggenheim Museum. Meanwhile in a land far, far away from MoMA and the Guggenheim, near Arizona’s painted desert… Continue reading

A Great Tree Has Fallen

In memory of renowned architect, designer, mentor and innovative thinker Paolo Soleri: For some, Paolo Soleri was the perfect iconoclast. For me, in 1975, as a young intern architect, he was an ideal mentor. My arrival at his home in suburban Scottsdale, Arizona, for the beginning of a summer workshop at Arcosanti was the start of… Continue reading

A Mindful Company

I came across a wonderful book of late entitled A Mindful Nation, by Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a thoughtful, insightful book coming from one of our Washington politicians. This book is about how the practice of being mindful can have a positive impact on our country on… Continue reading