It’s been quite a year on SmartPlanet, and we’ve grown in leaps and bounds. So it’s entirely possible that you missed one of our literally thousands of stories we’ve written in the last year.
As you bundle up for the long winter — or for our friends in the southern hemisphere, prepare to hit the beach — we give you this guide to 11 absolute must-read stories of 2011.
So, take a sip of your hot toddy (or caipirinha!) and join us…
Days before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, contributing editor Reena Jana takes us on a ride through the architectural improvements that those terrible events brought forth.
Columnist John Rennie explains why uncertainty is a good thing for the scientific community.
The interface of the future — well, one of them, anyway. Editor Andrew Nusca explains where speech recognition came from, where it’s going and how it will change your life forever.
Contributing writer Melanie Kaplan visits an oyster farm 90 miles from San Francisco in an attempt to learn firsthand what it takes to farm the shellfish efficiently.
Melbourne correspondent Lieu Thi Pham introduces us to interior designer Adele Winteridge, who is working to bring a progressive approach to social spaces in the hospitality and retail sectors.
At the annual conference for the American Chemical Society, contributing writer Christina Hernandez sits down with Donna Nelson, advising chemist for the hit television show Breaking Bad.
Columnist C.C. Sullivan takes us along with him to a number of industry events to show us the latest trends in designing for health facilities.
Contributing editor Mark Halper heads to Amsterdam to ask industry insiders why LED light bulbs haven’t yet taken off.
Contributing editor Sun Joo Kim sits down with architect Matthias Hollwich to talk about how to design for aging urban communities.
Columnist Chris Nelder takes a spirited swing at the people who write about the energy sector, and offers tips on how to read between the lines.
Foreign correspondent Tom Hancock hits Beijing city streets to understand why China’s capital is in such dire need of water.