Allison Arieff on Prefab, Going Local, and Why the Suburbs Aren't So Bad (Podcast)
One can't spend years as the editor in chief of Dwell magazine and not be something of a sage on sustainable design. What's more, Allison Arieff literally wrote the book on prefab architecture and now shares her explorations in the pages of the New York Times. In our interview she reflects on the troubled arc of prefab's promise, why the suburbs aren't that bad (and also why they are), and the role of localism, from farmers markets to airports. She also takes us into her own San Francisco green home rehab, and answers the question: do Americans care about design?