Please read my latest article about the High Line on The Three Tomatoes.
A Web site is never done. They are the object of endless tinkering and updating. A good Web site should be dynamic with new things to look at on successive visits. Not a complete overhaul, of course, but new projects, a new blog entry, additions to the about section, and, best of all, new photos.
Of course my own Web site falls short on many of these ideals. I try, but every writer needs an editor and every Web site needs a content manager.
Remember when we used to have favorite sites? There may be some sites I visit simply because I love the content. The Huffington Post and The NY Times come to mind (and The Onion!). But I don't think of Web sites as items that exist independently any longer. I think of them as connected containers of information that I draw on for work, pleasure, and information. I skate freely from one to another, usually via Google.
Last night, May 22, I was honored to speak at Superstructures Engineers & Architects on Energy Efficient Restoration of Buildings. This is an important topic because we have a tremendous stock of old buildings, particularly in the Northeast/Midwest. Looking down the road, 80% of the buildings around today will still be around in 2035.
We think the first step in making a building efficient is to add insulation. Think again. The best advice is to start where you get the most bang for your dollar:
•The mechanical system (properly sized)
•Insulate and air seal the roof
•Replace the windows
•Insulate the walls
Interestingly, the last priority is to look at alternate energy sources on the building--BIPV, wind, etc.
Want to read about an interesting project? Take a look at the Anita Gorman Nature Center in Missouri--it is a net zero building designed by BNIM.