Nos Jours Heureux

Last year I was contacted by the curators of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. They wanted to feature some of my work in an upcoming exhibition. Nos Jours Heureux.  Our Happy Life. So here I am in Montreal. It’s nice to be asked. I was immediately tickled when I arrived at the museum and found … Continue reading Nos Jours Heureux

The Stealth Triplex

There was a time not all that long ago when ordinary people built simple small scale mixed use buildings on Main Street in every little town in North America. This was completely normal. Of course the family that owns the corner grocery store lives upstairs. Dah. But we almost never see such structures built new … Continue reading The Stealth Triplex

Slack Haven: Slow Urbanism

I’m not a “fight City Hall” kind of guy. I can’t be bothered with the imperial intrigue of Washington or state politics.  I avoid anything done on a large complex scale. Instead, I look for local affordable rational work-arounds that get the job done under the radar in places that the big boys just don’t … Continue reading Slack Haven: Slow Urbanism

The Green House

This post will explore what I like to call “alternatives to the alternatives” in housing. This story demonstrates what’s possible if you’re willing to try something new and a bit out of the ordinary. Many years ago I became friends with a couple in San Francisco who migrated to Hawaii. Partly they loved the islands, … Continue reading The Green House