Alan Newman

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Apple built an ‘electronic city’ online 21 years ago that still stands out as one of its most puzzling flops

So the notion of creating a safe, familiar-looking space for early cyber surfers must not have seemed too outlandish for the Apple executives who came up with the plan.<p>But the short-lived online service that Apple rolled out that year, dubbed eWorld, failed miserably and the digital buildings that …

Online

Steal This Look: Mill Valley Loft-Style Kitchen

When I moved to Marin a while back (with one husband and three young children) after a stint in Los Angeles, I found myself longing for a loft-style …

Roof Garden: Cottages in the Mill Valley Forest

On a steep, wooded lot in Mill Valley, California, the challenge was to add two studio spaces–one for an artist, one for yoga–without disturbing the …

Architect Visit: Barbara Chambers at Home in Mill Valley

You know that house with the beautiful garden you always walk past and admire (or, in my case, covet)? In my neighborhood, it belongs to architect …

Handout design inspired by Ed­ward Tufte - LaTeX Template

Edward Tufte is a pioneer in the field of data visualization, and his works inspired the creation of two LaTeX classes for books and handouts.<p>Here we …

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SF Guide

Shopper’s Diary: Homestead Apothecary in SF’s East Bay

Homestead Apothecary in Oakland, California is a small shop offering raw ingredients for herbal health alongside ready-made tinctures and salves. …

Shopper’s Diary: Flowerland in SF’s East Bay

Some people, on Sunday afternoons, might visit a park, or a cafe, to read a book or spend time with a friend. But just north of Berkeley, in Albany, …

Discovering The French Countryside On A River Cruise

<i>A river cruise may be one of the most convenient and economical ways to explore Burgundy and Provence for those of a certain age.</i><p>"Paris is my home," says Balwinder Prabhakar, explaining her emigration from India to France, after falling in love and marrying a Parisian some 22 years ago.<p>My husband …

France

S.F. building escaped rampant demolition

Few people who pass the violet-painted house at 1712 Fillmore St. give it a second look. It's another Victorian in a city full of them.<p>But this building is different. Perhaps no other structure in San Francisco has such an extraordinary story. If its walls could talk, they would relate virtually …

Zagat

Days: A Charming New iPhone App for Telling Your Life Story

Wander, a rather secretive startup which graduated from TechStars NY’s third class last year, is launching something you’ll want to use every day — or, that’s the gamble CEO Jeremy Fisher is taking.<p>Built as a tool for chronicling your life, Days is a free, just-launched iPhone app with a mission to …

Istanbul, Turkey

Dwell traveled to Turkey’s most cosmopolitan city for the first annual Istanbul Design Biennial, discovering a modern heart beating within ancient walls.<p>Istanbul is a city of chaos, impro-visation, and irony, where a canon of calls-to-prayer ripples through a secular republic five times a day. …

Black Sea