Episode 14: For the love of beer (and community): Hops On Lots Pittsburgh

  This episode’s guest, Pete Bell from Hops on Lots Pittsburgh (HOLP), calls it “the wall.” Sure, it’s a wall. But it’s a wall—with hops growing up it, grown by the organization and volunteers. It was created in 2016 when the Stanton Heights Community contacted HOLP to grow hops to cover up the unsightly retaining wall along Stanton Avenue. … More Episode 14: For the love of beer (and community): Hops On Lots Pittsburgh

Episode 13: Telling stories about cities: An interview with 168 LAT

    The world keeps getting smaller. For instance? Instagram is one of my favorite apps – I like to follow people from different cities, towns and countries. Like me, they’re snapping every-day shots of buildings in their cities, street shots, the architecture. It’s the daily stuff, the grind that I really love. It’s not … More Episode 13: Telling stories about cities: An interview with 168 LAT

Episode 12: Building communities through breweries: An interview with SUM Design

  The first time I visited Ex Novo, a brewery in Portland, Oregon, I was struck by its design. It felt…designed. It wasn’t a cold space with some chairs and stuff thrown together. There was some thought put into it. From where we sat, we could see the brew tanks, bar action, interesting lighting, the … More Episode 12: Building communities through breweries: An interview with SUM Design

Between episodes: Beer-fueled, crowd-sourced city retrofits

Yeah, I say “neat” a lot. But this project from Heineken is well, neat. It’s always interesting to see brands taking on altruistic social campaigns. The latest is Heineken’s Cities Project  that aims to help restore 10 sites in cities across the U.S. Now in its fifth year, there’s actually been some progress made (it’s more … More Between episodes: Beer-fueled, crowd-sourced city retrofits

Between episodes: A tree(s) grow in Portland

In case you missed it, I interviewed Kevin Cavenaugh from Guerrilla Development a couple months ago about his almost-completed Fair-Hair Dumbbell project. With that behind him, he’s been a busy guy. The proof? His newest development in Portland, Tree Farm, might even be more stunning. At least the renderings are. From the website: The design of … More Between episodes: A tree(s) grow in Portland

Episode 11: We can make our cities better with placemaking, incrementally

LISTEN HERE and SUBSCRIBE HERE. So, how is the DNA of a place defined? Is it the architecture? Is it the cool, hip shops? Park benches? It’s some of that – but it’s way more. What exactly is placemaking? This episode we’re speaking with Daniel Hintz, Founder and Chief Experience Architect for The Velocity Group. … More Episode 11: We can make our cities better with placemaking, incrementally

Between episodes: Walking around Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District

I’ve been spending more and more time in the Central Eastside district. Each Wednesday I hop on at the end/beginning of the Orange Line and take the 20 minute ride in for a weekly gig I have with a content marketing agency. During lunch, I wander around and discover something new each time. Boxing gym? Check. … More Between episodes: Walking around Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District

Episode 10: Bourbon and buildings: An interview with John Patrick Winberry, UP studio

LISTEN HERE and SUBSCRIBE HERE. What do design, branding, good bourbon, and a Norwegian architect firm have in common? It’s the thread to this episode’s interview with John Patrick Winberry, founding partner, chief wrangler, and architect at the UP studio. UP is a small, nimble boutique Architecture, Interior, and Brand Design firm that believes all … More Episode 10: Bourbon and buildings: An interview with John Patrick Winberry, UP studio