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.

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.

Home-Based Farming, Italian Style

Italy is a land of family farms, and as expats there we enjoy produce, meats, and dairy products as fresh as possible, with daily deliveries via small trucks that ascend to our hilltop village in the early morning.

The Barber of Civility

I chose Dante’s little shop to begin my series because it seemed to me a microcosmic metaphor for Italian culture as a whole.

Liberating Italy

It is not without reason that the end to the daily horrors of 78 years ago are celebrated with fanfare.

View from Abroad: The Disunited States of America

So perhaps the Great American Experiment is just that – a noble effort, certainly, but perhaps doomed to fail.