Drawing by Nikos A. Salingaros.

Drawing by Nikos A. Salingaros.

Living Structures Should Come From Living Patterns: Space that exists “out there” is used only reluctantly by human beings, because of deep psychological reasons. Contrary to what one hears and reads today about the spaces of “modernity” and “post-modernity”, there are still only two types of urban space: human versus inhuman.

The 5, the 101, the 405: Why Southern Californians Love Saying ‘the’ Before Freeway Numbers: “Southern Californians have a distinctive — “Saturday Night Live’s” Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig might say funny — way of giving directions. To get from Santa Monica to Hollywood, take the 10 to the 110 to the 101. Burbank to San Diego? The 134 to the 5. And, if you can, always avoid the 405. Why the definite articles?”

An underground park in New York City? These guys are pushing to make it happen: “Once upon a time, an architect and a techie ventured into an abandoned trolly station under the Lower East Side of Manhattan and had a vision. They saw a lush green park spanning the entire one-acre space, flying in the face of everything they knew to be true about dank underground caverns — namely, that they’re not great for growing lush green parks.”

Landscape architects see creations evolve over time: “This patch of symbolic nature was planted in 2002 and now has a transportive power — a power due in large part to the passage of time, the element that sets landscape architecture apart from other fields of design.”

6 simple tricks to keep your air plant alive: “Air plants (Tillandsia) are supposed to be some of the easiest plants to keep alive, indoors. For starters, they don’t even need soil, absorbing water and nutrients through scales on their leaves. But just like succulents, and orchids, some people have trouble keeping them alive.”

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