BBC Radio produced a live radio broadcast program called “The History of Wastefulness.” Across three episodes, Australian broadcaster and sustainability activist, Alexandra Spring, tracks the history of wastefulness by exploring today’s trash challenge, discovering more about trash through the ages, and asking if we’re at the tipping point of a future full of garbage.
San Francisco Fort Nights
The tree-lined Presidio now has a plush new perch: the elegant Lodge at the Presidio, a 42-room hotel inside reworked Colonial Revival-style barracks. The former mess hall and regimental offices have been adapted by designer Laura Cook, in partnership with the Presidio Trust, into a military-inspired lobby and guest rooms, with a courtyard overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s cold—it’s San Francisco, after all. It’s also crowded—it’s Union Square—but that adds to the happy energy. Your ankles are wobbly, and you don’t dare look up at the window decorations on the top five of Macy’s seven floors, or at the perfectly symmetrical Christmas tree nearby. You can smell sausages from the vending cart, and coffee and hot chocolate from the cafe. If you don’t think too hard, you can imagine you’re skating figure eights in perfect time to the holiday music. The Union Square Holiday Ice Rink epitomizes big-city Christmas like not much else.
By: Katia Hetter
October 3, 2018
San Francisco (CNN) — An icon of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Golden Gate Bridge is more than a means for drivers to cross between the city of San Francisco and Marin County to the north.
A grand presence in California since it first opened after four years of construction in 1937 at a cost of $27 million, the bridge has made its appearance in film (“The Maltese Falcon” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”) and poetry (“The Changing Light” by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and contributed to local folklore.
National Park Lodge
Environmentalists, rejoice – not all new hotels mean the destruction of what’s come before. Just ask Rob Wallace of Architectural Resources Group, whose latest project, Lodge at the Presidio, takes this design maxim to heart: “When a building is re-adapted for use, it’s much greener than building new.”