Heather Smith

Heather Smith

Signs of movement

Heather Smith (on Twitter, @strangerworks) is interested in the various ways that humans try to save the environment: past, present, and future.

High Water Colors

How one N.Y. museum is already prepping for the next big flood

The new Whitney Museum on the Hudson offers a glimpse of architecture's future: It's built like a bunker to ride out assault by a warmer global climate.

Climate & Energy

Oil spill returns to its ancestral waters near Santa Barbara

Here's a short list of ways the spill could lead to serious legislative change.


While you were worrying about trains, your car was trying to kill you

I had to get from Philadelphia to New York. Sure, Amtrak just wrecked a train. But it's not like the highway is safer.


Dear Vienna: Stop patronizing people who aren’t straight

Putting stick-figure same-sex couples on traffic lights is an attention-getting gesture. But actually naming things for activists is more meaningful.


Mountain View to Google: Take your techno-utopian factory town and shove it

Local government scuttles the search giant's big plans to reinvent suburban office-park design with new-model integrated housing.


This tool could help Montreal cyclists route around bad air

A Google Maps mashup overlays air pollution data on the city street grid so bikers can go easy on their lungs.

I'm in town. Got an inhaler. Wanna hang? G2G, Smog

The smog that texted me

A new Sierra Club service will message you when the air gets really bad in your area.


Can zippy startup ideas and code speed local food to urban plates?

San Francisco's Good Eggs is taking another run at the dream of using apps and the internet to change the way we buy food for the better.


How the Bay Area’s last slaughterhouse dodged the axe

You want local meat? You're gonna need a local slaughterhouse. It took a tanking economy and a massive beef recall to save the last such outfit in the Bay Area.