architecture http://kuow.org en Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate http://kuow.org/post/size-does-matter-least-tallest-building-debate There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?<p>The developers say yes. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago — formerly known as Sears Tower — can still lay claim to the title.<p>Now, an <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/">obscure organization</a> known as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to settle the debate.<p>"It's a seminal moment for skyscrapers," says Antony Wood, the council's executive director. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 David Schaper 23477 at http://kuow.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate The House Of The Future Could Be Made Of Meat http://kuow.org/post/house-future-could-be-made-meat <p><a href="http://ttbook.org/book/meat-houses"><em>To The Best Of Our Knowledge: </em>"Meat Houses"</a></p><p>Mitchell Joaquim of the architecture group Terraform One has been thinking about unusual ways to build homes. What if we could "grow" them, like plants? After pursuing this line for awhile, designing projects that fall somewhere between art and science, someone challenged Joaquim to go further. He'd designed homes out of vegetables, how about a home made of meat?</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 23371 at http://kuow.org The House Of The Future Could Be Made Of Meat The Hidden Legacy Of Seattle Stairways http://kuow.org/post/hidden-legacy-seattle-stairways <p></p><p>When I meet <a href="http://www.seattlestairwaywalks.com/about/">Jake and Cathy Jaramillo</a>, they tell me they consider Seattle a world-class city when it comes to public stairways. According to Jake, Seattle’s 650 stairways put the city in the top three for US cities with stairways, with Pittsburgh in first place and San Francisco in second. And since they moved here in 2001, they've been climbing Seattle’s stairs to meet people and uncover some of the city’s hidden nooks and crannies.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:04:08 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 7887 at http://kuow.org The Hidden Legacy Of Seattle Stairways A Conversation With Author Julie Otsuka http://kuow.org/post/conversation-author-julie-otsuka <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American history is full of stories of disenfranchised women who assert their rightful role in society and in so doing, open up the culture. Author </span><a href="http://www.julieotsuka.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Julie </a><a href="http://www.julieotsuka.com/">Otsuka</a>’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> family was interned following the bombing of Pearl Harbor; her father was arrested as a potential spy. She told that story in her award-winning first novel, “When the Emperor Was Divine.” Her second novel, “The Buddha in the Attic,” reaches farther back to explore the lives of brides sent from Japan to America between the wars, and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the strain of traditional values in a nation that promised opportunity for all. The writer Julie Otsuka joins us.</span></p><div> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:30:12 +0000 Steve Scher 7296 at http://kuow.org A Conversation With Author Julie Otsuka Old Buildings May Be On Chopping Block In South Lake Union http://kuow.org/post/old-buildings-may-be-chopping-block-south-lake-union <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 22px;">Correction</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 22px;">: An earlier version of the story stated that buildings cannot be nominated for landmark status if they are too small. The story has been corrected to say that while small buildings can be nominated, they do not automatically trigger a landmark review.</em></p><p>South Lake Union in Seattle was once home to timber mills, commercial laundries, warehouses, even a factory making Ford Model Ts. It’s now being targeted for major new development, with the city’s mayor proposing raising building heights dramatically in the low-rise district. But historic preservationists say the plan does not adequately address the area's unique history and they worry it will result in the obliteration of many of the old buildings that provide the city’s connection with the past. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:18:29 +0000 Deborah Wang 6383 at http://kuow.org Old Buildings May Be On Chopping Block In South Lake Union Audio Tour: Accessible Home By Karen Braitmayer http://kuow.org/post/audio-tour-accessible-home-karen-braitmayer <p>Ross Reynolds gets a home tour from architect Karen Braitmayer and hears about what it's like to design homes for people in wheelchairs. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:47:30 +0000 Ross Reynolds 2782 at http://kuow.org Audio Tour: Accessible Home By Karen Braitmayer