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California chef Alice Waters established her first Edible Schoolyard in 1995 so that Berkeley children could cook and eat vegetables cultivated in gardening classes. Now New York’s first Edible Schoolyard has taken root, supplementing 1/2 acre of asphalt at Public School 216 Arturo Toscanini in Brooklyn.

Firm: WorkAC. Project: Edible Schoolyard. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Seeking to set his latest tapas bar apart, on a Madrid street chockablock with similar joints, chef Javier Bonet took OHLab/Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab’s Jaime Oliver and Paloma Hernaiz to the capital’s bustling butcher shops at 6:00 am for inspiration. The result is Sala de Despiece, drolly named for the place in a meat-packing plant where the cattle is quartered and carved up.

Yes, we’re all aware that Bill and Melinda Gates are major philanthropists. But how many of us truly know the extent of the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work and its partnership with governments, NGOs, universities, and individual grantees? That’s changing, thanks to the visitor’s center where Olson Kundig Architects has put a public face on efforts to combat HIV, malaria, poor sanitation, water scarcity, and homelessness in Africa, northern India, and China as well as, closer to home, the Pacific Northwest.