Category Allison’s Writing

Let the Sun Shine In

Traditionally, Nightingale wards like those once used at Laguna Honda contained about 24 to 34 beds, which made patient privacy an impossibility. When I started writing this article a little more than a month ago, I hadn’t yet had two bulging disks flare up, putting me in excruciating pain. I hadn’t yet had a neck […]

The Ties That Bind

As two new books prove, memories are more vivid when they are detailed . . . and tactile.

The Greenhouse Effect

Across the country, hotels that once saw green building as either a limitation or a liability are now embracing sustainability in the most fundamental ways.

Sustainability Begins at Home

Some of today’s most exciting green innovations are found in residential design.

The Green Market

Last weekend, I participated in a panel at the West Coast Green conference in San Francisco. The topic for discussion was green building trends in the media …

What Healthcare Should Look Like

In 2002, I was riding the bus with my friend Andrew when my cellphone rang. I remember answering, putting the phone away and turning to him to say, “I have to get off the bus …

People’s Choice

I was a little disappointed to learn over the weekend of the People’s Design Award, a contest introduced by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and sponsored by Target.

And They All Look Just the Same

Lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with the idea of neighborhoods. It probably has something to do with how much I enjoy my own.

From Aeron to Airstream, Things That Work

Design is inextricably linked to our lives, from the toothbrushes we clean our teeth with in the morning, to the roads we navigate en route to work, to the chairs we sit in at our desks, to the beds we sleep in at night.

How to Play FlatPak

Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry.