Things We Love - May

Here's what we're loving this month:

Rendering of the transformation of Goose Island in Chicago (Curbed Chicago)

1. Transformation of Goose Island (Curbed Chicago)

I love hearing about renewal in Chicago. A group of architects and investors are reimagining the former industrial hub of Goose Island into a residential, retail and recreational neighborhood. Other former industrial areas (like Fulton Market, just down the street from the sagegreenlife office) have undergone similar successful transformations. It’s wonderful to see these historical buildings not being knocked down, but preserved for future generations and turned into something useful. Goose Island is a man-made island in the middle of Chicago; who wouldn’t want to spend more time there? I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

Airbnb includes adaptable workspaces in their offices, like this bleacher-style seating with movable risers (Dezeen)

2. Airbnb offices use local designers to create adaptable workspaces in HQs (Dezeen)

Airbnb has incorporated their “belong anywhere” ethos into the design of their offices in London, Sao Paulo and Singapore. The company used local design studios to mirror apartment listings found on their site, as well as creating adaptable spaces that can be rearranged to fit the needs of the moment and change as the teams grow. Airbnb, which is now larger than most hotel chains, encourages employees to bring personal touches, which bring the offices to life. The designs of these offices are awe-inspiring. Wouldn’t you love to work in spaces like these?

Strawberry mojito popsicles (Paper & Stitch)

3. Strawberry mojito popsicles (Paper & Stitch)

It’s finally warming up, which means it’s time to start making popsicles! These strawberry mojito popsicles (made with or without alcohol) are so gorgeous, perfect for entertaining outside and enjoying the weather. I can’t wait to make a batch of these and invite a few friends over!

San Diego is working to use 100% renewable energy

4. San Diego 100% renewable energy (Inhabitat)

San Diego’s politicians have come together (a feat in and of itself) to reach the goal of running on 100% renewable energy by 2035. If they accomplish this, San Diego would be the largest US city to do so. The city already places second in solar energy and plans to increase the number of photovoltaic cells, as well as increasing wind energy and the tree canopy. Investments will be made in public transit and walkability to reduce car usage by half. This legally-binding climate plan serves as a shining example of a bipartisan climate solution, which many think is not possible. Thank you, San Diego.

Do your part to reduce your water usage. Edelwhite requires less water than a standard potted plant and brings nature into your life.

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