The Elephant in the Backyard

The tree in Stéphane Ouellet’s backyard was ruining a good thing. The yard, once an urban refuge, was now a place where only the tree was thriving. The roots of the 100-year-old poplar were turning the rubber tiles that covered the ground into small hills. There was no level surface for tables and chairs. What’s more, the holes in the rubber tiles were getting clogged with plant matter, impeding drainage and attracting insects because of moisture.

Ingenious Island

Designers Vanja Santic and Dario Drinovac have been practising some social engineering on their dinner guests. Let’s call it guest-herding. The couple, who run…