August 18, 2004 


Busts of Mystery

Washington: One really shouldn't put intricate architectural details where no one will ever see them. At the National Building Museum, which is otherwise a phenomenal establishment, there are at least 200 marble busts located far, far above the floor in... [read on...]

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Category:
Architecture

 August 15, 2004 


Styrofoam Cafeteria Trays

Washington: This is one of the worst examples of "Muda" I've ever seen. Actually, it may not fit that definition precisely, but it's incredibly wasteful: At the "Old Post Office" in Washington, which has been converted into a mall-style food... [read on...]

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Category:
Environment

 August 12, 2004 


Impossible Packaging

The Shop: The amount of packaging one often gets with a small item (such as this memory-stick) is often absurd, weighing many times more than the actual product. What's worse is that certain plastic packaging is practically impossible to rip... [read on...]

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Category:
Design

 August 11, 2004 


More Inane Zoning Restrictions

Suburban DC: It's easy to blame developers for the ill-effects of suburban sprawl, but more often than not it's the zoning regulations that produce many of our problems and discourage many creative solutions. In Clarksburg, MD, a newly developing "town",... [read on...]

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Category:
Urban Planning