Conde Nast Traveler Dream Trip

22 09 2009


Earlier this year I started receiving issues of the Conde Nast Traveler.  I had never subscribed to the magazine, nor do I know of anyone who has subscribed for me.  Its monthly arrival is still a mystery to me, but it has become my favorite magazine of all time (yes, even better than Metropolis, my ex-favorite).

July’s edition featured a Dream Trip competition.  $25,000 for five nights in Sardinia, why not?  So… I set the magazine aside and jotted down “send the Kenyan homie photo to Conde Naste” on my to-do list.  I tried to upload my photo to the website this evening, but the ten finalists have already been selected.  Boo hoo!  There goes my $25,000 dream vacation.

To see the finalists’ photographs, CLICK HERE!


One Design Fix

21 09 2009


2010 METROPOLIS Next Generation Design Competition


Good design determines how well products, spaces, and systems work from the beginning. We think that great design ideas can make things work even better. One Design Fix for the Future challenges you to prove us right—whether you are an architect, interior designer, product designer, landscape designer, graphic designer, communication designer. We’re looking for ONE design fix you can make now in your designed environment—the products you use, your home, your workplace, your city, or any commercial application—that, in scale or as inspiration, can improve our future.

To enter, provide one small (but brilliant and elegant) fix—leading to an incremental (or dramatic) change in sustainability. Your fix needn’t have anything to do with “environmentalist engineering” to make a difference. Concentrate on what you know best, are aching to improve in a way that deploys your training and imagination.

DEADLINE: January 29, 2010

For more information visit:

Apendae Hajali Lawama

20 09 2009


This pretty khanga hangs over my bed…

A khanga is a colorful garment worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa.  The piece of printed cotton consists of a border, an overall print and a Swahili message or riddle known as a “jina”.  Each jina is unique to the design of the khanga…

African Languages tells me that my pretty khanga’s jina means “Love is a need to be blamed”.  Say what?!  Someone please explain this to me…

Every time I glance up at the cloth that hangs over my bed, I’m reminded of the balls that the kids at the CDC used to play with.  Plastic bags and khanga rags are all they needed to make a soccer ball… how creative… and heartwarming.

plastic bag football

There is an abundance of khangas throughout Kenya, which behooves me to use it in some form or the other in the design/construction of my school… I’m still brainstorming… but if you can think of an innovative use, by all means, share your ideas.


18 09 2009

I woke up this morning and realized that my room looked like a Kenyan shrine!  I have a purple Khanga hanging on my wall, a mahogany carved elephant on my armoire, a safari painting on my shelf, and a giraffe bookstands holding my African themed books.

I miss Africa… and so I plugged in my external and browsed though 1000 pictures and a couple hundred videos.  Here are a few that I have FINALLY found the time to upload…  I leave for Ohio tomorrow morning to visit an underground home with my friend and colleague Hillary.  If I’m not too exhausted when I get back, I’ll post some of my most memorable photographs.