Mark Hinshaw

Mark Hinshaw is a retired architect and city planner who lived in Seattle for more than 40 years. For 12 years he had a regular column on architecture for The Seattle Times and later was a frequent contributor to Crosscut. He now lives in a small hill town in Italy.

Watching What We Eat in Italy

Our close proximity to farms means we have access to the freshest possible vegetables, fruits, and meats, as well as fish from the sea.

How I Made a Movie in Italy

I crafted a screenplay, as much as a personal exercise as anything else. It’s a story of a straw hat, made by an artisanal workshop, that gets blown from person to person.

I Can See Clearly Now: My Italian Trauma

Friends who had been through the procedure assured me that it was “not that bad.”

Italy: In Quest of the Elusive Onion Ring

My hunt for onion rings took me to the Old Wild West, an Italian restaurant chain that aims to satisfy the Italian yearning for the American frontier.

Ringraziamento: Thanksgiving in Italy

Our Italian guests are often perplexed by the placement of all the food on one large plate.

Italy’s Farms with Social Purpose

Italy has hundreds of — perhaps even a thousand — such farms, all part of a fast-growing movement known as “social farming.”

America to Italy: A Lifetime in a Box

It’s interesting to see what's left in a box that could tell someone the story of your life.

The Collective Vacation: Reaffirming Community in Italy

Italy's two-week collective vacation period is an intense time of festivals, performances, concerts, entertainment for children, community dinners, and other events in public places. My family and I feel fortunate to have experienced this continual “social weaving” ourselves.

Enlightened Public Investments, Italian Style

The reward for Italy’s diligence has been that this year the country received an EU allocation of €191 billion ($210 billion) for infrastructure projects. The program is known as the National Resilience and Recovery Plan.

Tracking Time in Italy

Living in Italy is like living inside multiple, simultaneous movies, with an endless selection of historic periods, subjects, and surroundings.