Hiding Underground


While it may seem that architecture only continues to grow above ground, in height and size, several new structures are taking advantage of the space beneath our feet. Marchesi Antonori’s sustainable winery outside Florence, the Chianti Classico Cellar (shown) is a masterfully large and gorgeous space that keeps the wine cool and regulated, and visitors happy with a wine shop, restaurant and museum. Those looking for a timeshare if things turn sour can purchase space for an RV in the underground bomb shelter / park Vivos. And Tokyo bicyclists can safely and securely park and store their bicycles in an underground bike elevator. Simply swipe a smartcard to pay upfront and later locate your bike, and load it up on the elevator where it is transported to an open storage spot.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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