Through our particular lens, we explore stories of personal passion and commitment, finding degrees of breadth and insight that are often missing from the debates about topics such as climate change and sustainable agriculture. As we continue, this page serves as an ever-expanding guide to what we call the architecture of excellence — in all of its various guises.
“The Clay Conjurer”: In the village of Madera, potter Felipe Ortega devoted his life to creating the perfect pot of beans — and an unusually audacious way of looking at culture. Today marks the anniversary of his death, a great...
Against all odds, and despite the best efforts of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, old-fashioned, analog motion-picture film is making a comeback. What’s the magic in this old medium? Find out in our latest feature "Real Film Strikes Back," by @tyrohelmer:...
“The King of Cake”: Nono Colussi learned his trade in a bakery that has been in continuous operation since 1720. He is now master of a culinary art that is nearly extinct: making mouth-wateringly light cake out of naturally yeasted...
With U.S. student debt nearing $1.6 trillion, the news is full of outcries for student debt forgiveness and low-cost or free college programs. How do such programs work? @RobinRoenker takes us to @bereacollege, which has been tuition-free since the 1890s:...
“The High Art of the Mask”: No other place has taken these toys for grown-ups to greater extremes, both elegant and diabolical, than Venice. Tour the world of handmade Venetian masks, and their starring role in the annual mega-party called...
Organic, recycled, or synthetic? In the increasingly unsustainable fashion industry, what's the future of cotton? In this week's feature story, "The Human Cost of Recycled Cotton", @AldenWicker explores some of the newest possibilities (and dilemmas): https://t.co/wj48cUb0IH
“The Soul of French Invention”: An American woodworker’s love affair with “the best” (and perhaps least-known) sculpture museum in Paris, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, and what the affair taught him. Read Story: https://t.co/VidutSEaXbhttps://t.co/8R0ho6Jsor
As our environmental challenges mount, a growing number of sustainable design and building experts are championing an unlikely-sounding material: straw. Listen to the audio version of "Straw Bale: The Ultra-Ecological House", written by M.E.A. McNeil: https://t.co/n2BD5uZqgbhttps://t.co/CeXzPRRR1B
“Mezcal’s Dance with Extinction”: As popular as “the grandfather of tequila” has become, a similar explosion of authentic mezcal is impossible, for reasons @GraceRubie discovers when she goes to Oaxaca to learn how hyper-local spirit can be sustained. https://t.co/Ryf25PZoabhttps://t.co/WpBHe3mcYq
“Cuba: Madres (y Padres) of Invention”: No cultural trip to Cuba would be complete without acknowledging the artists, craftspeople, and self-taught engineers who have helped keep the country running while technological time stood still. Read Story: https://t.co/KFmFzZ28JKhttps://t.co/wMMeoNIC6L