They Don’t Call Them Hot Desks for Nothing

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. The biggest news in the world of co-working has been the turmoil at WeWork. But a quieter development has been happening behind the scenes for some time, and it has to do with design. While…

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The Trees and the Forest of New Towers

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Michael Green has seen the future of the building industry, and that future is wood. Lots of wood. The Vancouver-based architect is among the most ardent proponents of what is known as mass timber, prefabricated…

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Looking at Where Chicago Works

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Lee Bey stood under the rotunda at the James R. Thompson Center, 13 stories of mirror-glass balconies rising around him in tiers, and shiny elevators (now off-limits without official business) zipping up and down. The…

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In the Woods of Greenwich, a Studio for Writing Poetry

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. GREENWICH, Conn. — Inspiration sometimes comes to the poet John Barr while he gazes at boulders beneath his new cantilevered writing studio here. Or as he strolls along its entry passageway lined in oak shelves,…

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A Taste of Vegan Nashville

Not so long ago, in a much sleepier Nashville, a person couldn’t swing a microphone without hitting a “meat and three” (chicken, beef or pork and three Southern sides), those almost-home-cooked-answers to what’s for lunch or dinner. Meat and threes are still dishing it out in Music City, but their numbers are dwindling (Arnold’s Country…

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Black and White and Redone all Over

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. In Nashville, a surging economy has led to a recent construction boom, with cranes dotting the skyline. And the city’s built environment has always been subject to such churn. “We’ve never had that deep stock…

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A Sea Change for Plastic

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Unwanted plastics clog landfills and sully city streets and nature preserves. Most alarming to many, the material is beginning to overwhelm the planet’s oceans — from the ballooning Great Pacific Garbage Patch to trash discovered…

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These Books Take You to a Wild Place

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. Architectural spectacles that give us a spark of the unexpected may call for boulders, vintage neon, pleated concrete sheets and delphinium drifts, these four books suggest. ImageCredit… “Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains”…

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and It’s Going to Cost You

ImageHo ho ho!Credit…Shutterstock First, the residents of Sesame Street relocated to HBO Max ($180 a year). Then, the Disney princesses found an expensive new home on Disney Plus ($69.99 a year). And this holiday season, shoppers are finding that one of the more venerable fantastical characters for children — Santa Claus — is blocked by…

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