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Are Communities Born or Made?

This was one of the underlying questions within the discourse on a recent webinar that targeted how designers can engage in progressive community development. I had the pleasure of being joined by fellow panelists, Christine Modor and Fleur Timmer with moderation by author David Thorpe. Titled: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities, the discussion fielded questions […]

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Solving the Recycling Cost Gap is About Value

Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but despite their longevity, they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost. In most places, recycling […]

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Reviewed: Walkable City

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time By Jeff Speck In One Line: From broad strokes to streetscape specifics, the author covers the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them.  In the age of millennials, walkability is all the rage. If […]

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Manhattan Beach Pedestrian Street

Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

Achieving density and creating public circulation space that is centered around pedestrians are both key components to fostering a walkable environment. Both are things that the typical American, suburban model lack. With homes spread so far apart–from both each other and any non-residential destination–walking becomes senseless in communities that are beholden to the car down […]

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Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship.  The complexity of sustainability is one of its worse enemies. Our modern attempts to condense information can […]

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The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

As January comes to a close most of the presents of the holiday season have probably found a place in our homes. Shelves are a bit heavier. Closets are a bit fuller. Unclaimed space is a bit rarer. The success of the retail industry shows itself in our collective burgeoning homes and as the spring […]

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Reviewed: Explosion Green

Explosion Green By David Gottfried In One Line: A low-stress read for an informative look behind the curtain from a key figure responsible for the start of the green building movement.  For over two decades the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been an undeniably important part of the story of sustainability entering into the industries responsible for our […]

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