1_Liberty-lg I (and practically every other staff member at Cambridge Seven) worked on the Liberty Hotel in Boston. When we first arrived at the old jail, it was derelict: freezing, and inhabited only by pigeons. It’s come a long way.1_Liberty-lg 2_Liberty-lg - Copy 4_Liberty-lg



It’s the feel and the smell of this house, more than anything else, that I’m proud of. The client (all right, my mother) had been wanting to build an extension on her little adobe house in the mountains of New Mexico for about 30 years, so we finally did it. I did the overall design, then we found a wonderful project architect and local builder to do the new adobe brick structure justice. The thing about adobe is that it’s cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and smells wonderful; and, it’s possible to get fantastic sculptural shapes from it. Read More

From 2003, but still interesting (and funny and engaging), these were the names Adidas used to describe their customers:

Gearhead — the hard-core, nonteen runner who needs high-performance shoes.

Core Letterman — the true-blue, white suburban high-school athlete. (Description from the internal Adidas guidelines: ”age 16-24”; ”I don’t like people who think they’re too cool.”)

Contemporary Letterman — the high-school athlete who, Liedtke says, ”still cares about the ladies and hooking up.”

Aficionado — the kid, probably African-American, who likes brand-new, $100-plus basketball shoes.

Popgirl — the teeny-bopper who scours the mall for Skechers.

Value Addict — the shopper at Kohl’s and Target, probably middle-aged and fairly well off.

A-Diva — Liedtke calls this ”’Sex and the City’ goes to the gym.”

Fastidious Eclectus — the ”SoHo architect,” Liedtke says, who craves hip, distinctive sneakers. (Adidas guidelines: ”age 15-35”; ”I think weirdness and confidence are sexy.”)



A Facebook friend shared an offer for Zaggora, and it looked intriguing. Their basic claim is that Zaggora clothing will make you sweat like crazy while you’re working out (or even while you’re doing nothing around the house) and you will therefore lose weight much faster. I’m naturally skeptical about anything that claims to do work for you, as, much to my regret, I find that anything worthwhile requires a lot of work. But I was curious, so I clicked through. I was very impressed with their website: I think they’re doing a lot of things right.  Read More