Design

March 15, 2012

Is the Sky Actually Falling (On Green Building)?

I have spoken on many occasions at Construction Law Musings and elsewhere about the risks and rewards for contractors found in sustainable construction. The rewards were fairly apparent. New markets, government incentives and the desires of owners to be “green” clearly point toward a need …

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February 15, 2012

[TED] James Howard Kunstler: The Tragedy of Suburbia

“In James Howard Kunstler’s view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.” httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ZeXnmDZMQ

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EPA: Smart Growth Developments Enjoy Stronger Resale Appreciation

By Tracy Taylor, Triple Pundit Not only are smart growth communities good for your quality of life, they are good for your pocketbook as well.¬† According to¬†Market Acceptance of Smart Growth, a recent report by the EPA, smart growth communities not only see stable market …

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January 8, 2010

can you see the sea?

by Liz Neves Brooklyn 1766 From where I live, I can hear cruise ships sound warnings in the night. I can see sea gulls pausing in church towers. Sometimes, I think I can even smell the sea, or at least feel its misty kiss. But …

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December 28, 2009

Building a Healthier Humanity

by Tommy Manuel Health is one of the most wished for gifts during the holiday season, both for ourselves and others. It’s often accompanied by the wishes for prosperity and happiness, but health, it’s the one thing that in many ways influences the realization of …

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November 25, 2009

Mob Rules: Unified Efforts to Impact Community Health

It is fairly understood that staying active goes a long way in reducing obesity and related diseases (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.) as well as the emotional benefits of staying physically fit. As much as public health studies have shown the impact of simple movement, …

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October 5, 2009

The ‘Vacancy’ Blight: Finding New Uses for Empty Stores

From art galleries to health clinics, new uses are being considered for unoccupied space. Empty spaces are literally leaving gaps within communities and property owners must rethink who “ideal” tenants are. From Time | The ‘Vacancy’ Blight: Finding New Uses for Empty Stores Last spring, …

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September 22, 2009

Cities are BLANK

by Tommy Manuel Cities are _____. Cities are organic. They are like plants. Cities are like ecosystem. Cities are jungles. Cities are like bacterial colonies. Cities are fortresses against the perils of nature. Cities are machines, engines of culture and progress. Cities are like libraries, …

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