ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

When homelessness is a concern, the home-less aspect is often (and unfortunately) only the tip of the iceberg. Those who find themselves battling homelessness can often come from heavy, challenging backgrounds that expose them to things such as abuse, addiction, violence, and more. Finding both the mental strength and physical resources to bounce back from homelessness is no small feat – which is why having effective programs in place cannot be overlooked. ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL DREAM OF ICE CREAM

Spring has sprung! (sorta) We’re still in that aggravating part of the year where the weather is having major mood swings and you have to check your phone in the morning to be certain whether you need a parka or shorts. After all, sunshine doesn’t always equal warmth. However, real Spring is so close, I can feel it. The flowers are budding with abandon, we’ll soon be sneezing a gross amount, and sunshine will be accompanied by warmth creeping over our bare shoulders and legs. Alas! I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL DREAM OF ICE CREAM

STARSHIP TECHNOLOGY: TO-GO FOOD VIA ROBOTS

We are well into 2017, which means we are well into the future (marked undoubtedly by the fact that we have passed the date that Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future). Yet, looking around, things feel more or less the same as they always have. Sure there are people walking into things because they have their noses buried in a handheld computer-like device, but there are no flying cars. There are seedless watermelons but no cure for cancer. We are still, without debate, a society in progress. But, like it tends to do, the future is still creeping up on us. In DC specifically, lately, this means one thing and one thing only: food-delivery robots!!! STARSHIP TECHNOLOGY: TO-GO FOOD VIA ROBOTS

DC’S FINEST FOODS: 2017 JAMES BEARD AWARDS FINALISTS

James Beard. If you’re any sort of foodie at all, the name probably rings a few bells. James Beard Awards are, more or less, the Oscars of the food industry. It’s a universal pat on the back for chefs everywhere that means (again, I’m paraphrasing here): “Your recipes are delicious. Make more.” The awards are held on the first weekend in May and honor everyone from chefs to restaurant owners, wine professionals, food journalists, cookbook authors, and restaurant designers, among other food professionals. DC’S FINEST FOODS: 2017 JAMES BEARD AWARDS FINALISTS

BRICK BY BRICK: ARCHITECTURE WITH LEGOS

Most of us have been privy to the raw power of the best building block in the world: the Lego. They come in almost any size and color imaginable and can help you create just about anything: a castle, a spaceship, a jungle, a bridge…the possibilities are virtually endless. As we grow up, though, we (sadly) don’t get enough time to sit cross-legged on the floor and dream up our next masterpiece. The Museum of Science and Industry out of Chicago, however, understands the world’s affinity for Legos and the creativity they cultivate. Hence their project and exhibit, “Brick by Brick.” BRICK BY BRICK: ARCHITECTURE WITH LEGOS

THE WEIRDEST LAWS IN REAL ESTATE

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Real estate will always be cool – no doubt about that. There’s something special about owning your own piece of the pie. There’s some magic level of adulthood reserved for those who know the “ins and outs” of mortgages. There is camaraderie in identifying yourself as someone who has taken the “plunge” of ownership. Real estate, also, can be weird. There are rules to follow and checklists to keep up with; bills to pay, things to be sprayed and corners to be cleaned. Rarely, in some particular cases, there are inarguably ludicrous laws to follow. Whether I point to outdated laws that have simply been overlooked or laws that are – regardless of time and space – laughable, the oddities of real estate laws are worth noting. Here are some of my favorites. THE WEIRDEST LAWS IN REAL ESTATE

THE COOLEST COFFEE TABLE BOOKS AROUND

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Coffee table books – we’ve all leafed through them. Some are clearly there to fill time and space, not to serve a legitimate purpose (see: The Automatic Millionaire.) As silly as some of them may seem though, coffee table books can be the investment that keeps on giving. Or, put into realer terms — the investment that keeps guests occupied while you run frantically around the kitchen cooking dinner and “no, don’t be silly, of course they can’t help with anything.” Some coffee table books can even gain a second wind and live on to entertain guests elsewhere when their pages have been leafed through one too many times to make your living room look magazine-worthy. (Read: they can retire as bathroom books!). THE COOLEST COFFEE TABLE BOOKS AROUND