Architecture

China’s Stone Scriptures

China’s Stone Scriptures

Thousands of Buddhist scriptures carved in stone and buried for centuries are among China's greatest cultural treasures.

The Racism of Confederate Statues

The Racism of Confederate Statues

The racist past associated with the Confederacy and Confederate monuments has a complex history.

A Tale of Two Roman Cities

A Tale of Two Roman Cities

The amphitheaters, military garrisons, forums, trade and craft shops of two Roman colonial cities have emerged from the dust.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Tower of London, enduring symbol of the British monarchy, combines royal pageantry with warfare, court intrigue and executions.

Paris’s Oldest Food Market

Paris’s Oldest Food Market

Rue Montorgueil in Paris began as a village street with a medieval church and food market. It has retained that character.

Meditation and Japan’s Rock Garden

Meditation and Japan’s Rock Garden

Meditation is the theme of the Ryoanji dry rock garden. Find out why the garden inspires meditation and how to meditate.

Sustainable Tourism for Holidays

Sustainable Tourism for Holidays

Packing for travel this holiday season should include a primer on how to be responsible, sustainable tourists. Here it is.

New Orleans - Exuberant Hybrid

New Orleans - Exuberant Hybrid

New Orleans's hybrid culture is the result of its 300 years as the gateway to trading networks of the Mississippi River.

Wolf in Ship’s Clothing

Wolf in Ship’s Clothing

The picturesque town of Bristol, Rhode Island, once was a slave port and home of the nation's leading slave traders, the DeWolfs.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

China's Oct. 1 celebration of 70 years of Communist rule centers on Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s most controversial places.

What is the Louvre?

What is the Louvre?

The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.

Britain and Greece’s Parthenon Dispute

Britain and Greece’s Parthenon Dispute

What are the chances that two men from one family set off international disputes by carting off treasures from Greece and China?

Giant Buddha, Giant Hall

Giant Buddha, Giant Hall

An emperor built a giant Buddha to unify his struggling country, as the center of a network of Buddhist temples throughout Japan.

Japanese Design Past and Present

Japanese Design Past and Present

Architect Kengo Kuma's village at the Portland Japanese Garden blends modern architecture with traditional Japanese design.

Battle of the Samurai

Battle of the Samurai

Osaka Castle marks the site of an epic samurai battle and one of the most important turning points in Japanese history.

 Memorial to Once-Forgotten People

Memorial to Once-Forgotten People

A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.

Scaffolding the World

Scaffolding the World

Finding a historical site shrouded in scaffolding is disappointing, but it is a valuable tool for preserving the world's heritage.

A Palace to Remember

A Palace to Remember

Visible traces of the Heijō Palace, Japan's palace from which the emperor ruled in splendor, were gone, until the site was restored.

Building an Arch and Cabinets

Building an Arch and Cabinets

To carve space for our office out of a larger living space, we built an arch and cabinets out of old reclaimed beams.

Retreat by Design

Retreat by Design

What makes a retreat restful and soul restoring? A former imperial retreat in Kyoto, Japan, gets retreat design just right.

Elements of a Japanese Garden

Elements of a Japanese Garden

Imagine you're sitting in Los Angeles traffic on a hot day. Take a break and head for a cool green oasis - Suihoen Japanese Garden

China’s Walled Cities

China’s Walled Cities

Only scattered remnants survive of the many walled cities that once defined the Chinese empire.

The Round Door Arrives

The Round Door Arrives

The Thoughtful House's round door has arrived and been installed. Our video and blog celebrate round architecture.

California’s Danish Village

California’s Danish Village

Solvang, California's Danish village, is the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll and enjoy pastries and art galleries.

The Land of Junipero Serra

The Land of Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra's "sainthood" is controversial, but the extent of his cultural impact on California is indisputable.

Excavation of The Thoughtful House

Excavation of The Thoughtful House

This story begins with a hole in the ground - a nasty, dirty, wet hole.

Why Isn’t Every Town Like Carmel?

Why Isn’t Every Town Like Carmel?

Carmel, California, demonstrates how design, planning and environmentalism can enhance a small town.

Construction begins

Construction begins

Construction begins on The Thoughtful House after four years of planning and preparation.

Charleston

Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America's most beautiful and heartbreaking cities.

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Toward Touchless Technology

Toward Touchless Technology

The global pandemic is transitioning us from touch to touchless technology.

Inventory App and Sticker Dots

Inventory App and Sticker Dots

Use sticker dots and an easy inventory app, Enough Stuff, to keep track of your food supplies, toiletries and other stuff of all kinds.

Green Thumbometer

Green Thumbometer

Gardening can be a good way to relieve stress and get fresh air during the coronavirus shutdown. Here are a new tool and tips.