Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on December 7, 2007
In the November edition of Dwell magazine, editor-in-chief Sam Grawe laments the ubiquitous nature of sustainability, saying it’s a fad that’s come and gone. Like a pair of acid wash jeans, sustainability has had its day. It’s overused, and he’s over it.
The final straw? Jack Bauer educating us about the dangers of global warming on an upcoming episode of 24. (Sam obviously isn’t addicted to the series as some of us are. Don’t worry Jack, you’re forgiven for what you don’t know).
In case you haven’t worked it out, Sam is being facetious. But his point is this: amidst all the spotlight grabbing and bandwagon jumping, Dwell has been quietly, steadfastly covering sustainability for years. In fact, every edition of the magazine since 2000 has featured a sustainable project. Minus the “certified organic” stickers or sustainability sirens. It’s just as it should be: real people, working on real projects.
So, what’s Dwelling delivering this month? Off the grid homes, a report on bicycles, a profile of architect and activist Sim Van der Ryn, more homes, a guide to green hotels and the 101 on alternative energy.
Not as entertaining as an episode of 24 perhaps, but probably more important. Check out Dwell online.