DESIGN

Mythology of the Man Cave

On the surface, the comfortable escapes inhabited by 21st century men seem worlds apart from the dark, stoney initiation chambers fashioned by their ancient brothers. The carpeted contemporary cave and the jagged cleft in the earth, however, share common foundations in the male psyche.

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Creating Sanctuary in Uncertain Times

Sanctuary is hard to find these days. Even home, that timeless refuge from the world’s travails and upheavals, offers little escape from the social unrest that’s raging around the globe. Now more than ever we need a safe harbor, a haven that can soothe and calm us, and be a bulwark against the problems of the outside world.

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Living Color vs. Minimalism

We regard any change in the home—whether it’s downsizing, renovating or reorganizing—as a rite of passage, a fresh start that comes with a built-in guarantee of happiness like finding a new career or falling in love. Yet these activities are fluid, rich, expansive, and our approach to the home has grown perfectionistic and restrictive.

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Our Home in the Cosmos

Physicist and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Brian Swimme explores our place in the cosmos and the role of chaos, awe, and wonder in the birth of the universe. Drawing on discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology and the humanities, he tells how we came to call this planet home.

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Design With Nature

For years I have been teaching people how to look at nature and how to use its basic principles to create an inspired home. Here are a few tips that will make your house feel like it’s part of a living landscape. These stem from 3.8 billion years of evolution, or the earth’s own R&D.

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High-rise Forests

Green buildings are a growing presence on city skylines, making the temperatures more comfortable and the air easier to breathe. The skin of the building is covered with such dense plantings it appears to be wholly organic.

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