WHY LISBON IS EUROPE'S MOST UNDERRATED CITY

"The 2008 global economic crisis left Portugal’s unemployment rate among college graduates at nearly 40 percent—a potentially devastating blow for Lisbon’s burgeoning art and architecture scenes, and for a city then being touted as Europe’s next design hub. But initiatives launched in the wake of the crisis and aimed at retaining and empowering local talent have begun to bear fruit. Once-stalled building projects and renovations are nearing completion. Local firms are subverting expectations with inventive, energetic results. Lisbon’s foretold boom may have turned out differently than expected, but it’s a boom nonetheless." Condé Nast Traveler, June 2016. 

From Estoril with Love

The faded glamor of this Portuguese seaside town, once the wartime home of royalty seeking sanctuary — and the spies who watched them. Saveur, April 2016.

VESTIGES OF THE SOCIALIST TIME 

"There was no road along the river in Mawlamyine until around 2010. The promenade did not exist. Before the Burmese Way to Socialism and the nationalization of all major industries in 1963, factories lined the waterfront: the big mill, a rice mill, and locally owned smaller mills." Three photos and prose poems for VQR's #TrueStory project. 

PROOF THAT BURMA IS CHANGING—FAST

As the country, also known as Myanmar, prepared for historic elections, a local shared his perspective. While stuck in traffic. Fascinating traffic. Afar, November 2015

IN CUBA, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN BLOSSOM UNDER NEW LAWS

How a small, talented cadre of Cuban architects and designers are pioneering work in a new gray area within Havana's professional classes. Curbed, September 9, 2015.

ON FAMILY AND TRAVEL MISHAPS

When running aground in the Florida Keys isn't such a terrible thing. Medium, 2015. 

REFORMA MOVEMENT

Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma gets a makeover with lots of very tall buildings. Metropolis, October 2008.