| Barbara Flanagan
Barbara Flanagan is an author and designer who trained as an architect.
This month she
new book, Flanagan's Smart Home (Workman).
A Contributing Editor to ID Magazine
also wrote The Houseboat Book (Rizzoli), and contributed to Design Is . . . (Metropolis Books).
has written extensively for The New York Times
, as well as The New York Times Magazine
and Elle Decor.
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is a designer and author trained as an architect.
tweaks the ordinary, overlooked parts of life, making nothing into something whenever she
That's why she
is busy covering lots of territory, in several fields, both inside and out of her
New ideas applied to age-old concerns or old ideas rebuilt for new issues.
Small ideas that surprise or big ideas that inspire.
has been called "way ahead of the curve" often and way too late to profit from prescience.
Nevertheless, many of her
ideas--new, old, small, big--appear in the form of products, interiors, books, articles, lectures, teaching and consulting.
design/build work, Flanagan she
has re-constructed a Cape Cod as a high-tech, barrier-free bachelorette pad equipped for "aging in place," transformed a kitchen into a hangar for a beloved sea kayak, turned a rainhead shower into a chandelier, and invented new uses for countless materials, fixtures and fittings.
For years, Flanagan
was a contributor to The New York Times
, The New York Times Magazine
, Elle Décor, and many other national publications, while she
was a contributing editor to Metropolis and I.D. Magazine
In essays and journalism, she
covered architecture along with industrial, urban and landscape design.
writes about the lessons of living in the dynamic, volatile ecosystem of California.
Under different titles, Flanagan
aims to do projects not done before.
As a consultant, for example, she's
advised a real estate magnate, seeking a market edge, to make his
upscale Arizona trailer parks into horticultural utopias.
As a visiting architecture professor, she
devised "Flotilla Night" to glamorize an old riverside canal; for a civic procession, her
students built illuminated vessels they self-powered through the water.
As an upstart, she
created/moderated "In Your Face," a public event, in NYC, where outspoken architects (Rem Koolhaas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and more) grappled with 9-11.
As an inventor, Flanagan has prototyped a dirt-cheap backyard vermicomposter ready for licensing.
Flanagan has a Masters in Architecture from Yale University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
studied sculpture at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
In 2010, Flanagan
moved to downtown Santa Barbara to live in the urban outdoors.
runs an outdoor/indoor studio, exhibits her
art, grows most of her
food, cultivates a xeriscape, and commutes to the sea, via Vespa or bike, to swim wetsuited with her
pals, the Ocean Ducks.