a mile-high oasis: cultivating food access and community empowerment

"Colorado is often lauded for its incredibly healthy residents, credited to the abundance of outdoor recreation available to locals and tourists alike. Yet according to a recent real estate study, the nation’s most polluted zip code – 80216 – can also be found in the centennial state’s capital city...

...Steps from I-70, a massive highway that physically disenfranchises this already disadvantaged community from the rest of downtown, sits The GrowHaus. This former cut flower processing plant and greenhouse sat empty for years until local restaurateur Paul Tamburello and activist Ashara Ekundayo reimagined its future. “At the beginning, all we had was a vacant building, an interesting idea and a team of three white guys who didn’t speak Spanish,” remembers Executive Director Coby Gould. That idea was to transform the abandoned greenhouse into a resource to combat the community’s food access struggles. "

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santa fe: city of color

"There is a reason that artists—Georgia O’Keefe for one—have long flocked to Santa Fe. With its organic adobe architecture and laidback, open-minded vibe, this colorful city seduces without ever trying too hard. The cuisine isn’t fussy or fancy, yet hits all the right tastebuds. The shopping is surprisingly diverse and eclectic. And if ever you cease to be sufficiently persuaded, a sunset drive into the hills of Chimayo will secure the enthusiasm of even the toughest converts."

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the influence of design in today’s increasingly stylized coffee market

It has been a pleasure to work with Mothersauce on a three-part advertorial series for KitchenAid and the Specialty Coffee Chronicle. In my most recent piece, I examine design's ability to move beyond functionality to tell a compelling, three-dimensional story:

"There’s something about aesthetics that tells a story, bringing beauty and nostalgia to objects that would otherwise be merely useful. We see that every day in the world of coffee shops, whether in the form of professional espresso machines with sleek, almost automotive lines or in the stunning visual effects of a siphon coffee brewer. So why shouldn’t we see the same logic applied to all coffee equipment—including that which we use in our homes?"

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