The Chron's H&G ranges far and wide this week, with coverage of architects and nature, nature and gardening, gardening and eating, eating and food storage. Here are the highlights: • Earth shelter experimenter: Dave Weinstein reports on Bay Area iconoclast (and architect) Walter Thomas Brooks, whose influences range from Thoreau to the rubble caravanserai of Iran, and whose buildings are based on structures from nature such as petals and ram's horns.
• Now you see it, now you don't: Chron editor Zahid Sardar on "the new un-volumetric architecture," facilitated by advances in technology and yet linked to nature. He cites Walter Hood's walkway between Market and Mission here in SF. Anybody seen it yet?
• HOT STUFF WEST BAY: "...the American public is looking for relief from the clutter of their kitchens."
• Seedless grapes grow well in most parts of the country: Growing your own seedless grapes is even possible here in the Bay Area or PNW...if you live in "a sunny location with good air circulation and well-drained, slightly acidic soil."
• Exotic, showy bromeliad thrives in Bay Area's cool mist, bright light: Or, plant something that actually thrives here, like this 'Queen of the Mist.'
• Plant garden to provide welcoming scents for all seasons: Erle Nickel suggests planting four o'clocks for a sweetly aromatic garden. • Home furnishing soared when the '20s roared: Arrol Gellner explains how gadgetry and modern convenience was first integrated into residential architecture in the 1920's. • Cheaper bid may not be the best way to go: The Burnetts make a good case for hiring a licensed contracter and doing things above-board.