"The army stationed me down South when I was younger, and I couldn’t even use the same bathroom as white people. But things have changed so much. The younger generation isn’t nearly as racist. I’ve been sitting here for fifty years. So much has changed. This neighborhood used to be all black. A white person couldn’t even walk down this street. All the races kept to themselves. Now you’ve got Indians talking to Pakistanis, blacks talking to whites, everybody is here and learning from each other’s cultures. I’ve been sitting here for 50 years. Things are getting better."
Casa CorManca PAUL CREMOUX studio [via]
Casa CorManca (a portmanteau of the owners’ names) is a three-story, poured-in-place concrete structure, cubiform in shape, and clad in black slate on the exterior and wood on the interior.
In addition to an interlocking weave of vertical spaces, a lushly verdant, living wall creates a vertical garden on the second floor. Its more than 4,000 plants, the architects say, absorb nearly 600 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year.