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December 25 2012

The Nation’s First Net-Positive Planned Community: NewPHire, North Carolina

December 25th, 2012Posted by 

Passive House, or, Passivhaus in its native German, is a global standard for energy efficiency in the domain of building construction and maintenance. The austere regulations associated with the design philosophy are similar to that of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), yet surpasses it in stringency. The ideal product of a Passive House […]

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December 11 2012

Walkability in the No. 1 City for Biotechnology

December 11th, 2012Posted by 

In the conventional city fabric, the two attributes walkability and biotechnology are seemingly contradictory. This, of course, is not without good reason; the large research complexes fundamental to technological innovation are unsupportive of the intimate, walkable communities so presently desired. The Milken Institute, a leading policy think tank, designated Raleigh, North Carolina as the No. […]

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November 27 2012

Top 5 Online Education Programs for Urban Planning: Continuing Education

November 27th, 2012Posted by 

The explosion of online education in the past decade is rapidly changing the face of education. In 2006, 3.5 million students were listed as enrolled in an “online learning institution of higher education.” In 2009, it was asserted that 44% of USA post-secondary students were taking either some or all of their courses online. This […]

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November 13 2012

Top 5 Online Education Programs for Architecture: Continuing Education

November 13th, 2012Posted by 

The explosion of online education in the past decade is rapidly changing the face of education. In 2006, 3.5 million students were listed as enrolled in an “online learning institution of higher education.” In 2009, it was asserted that 44 percent of USA post-secondary students were taking either some or all of their courses online. […]

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October 30 2012

From the Mountains to the Sea: Greenway Expansion in the Research Triangle

October 30th, 2012Posted by 

It is May 28th, 1953, and Sir Edmund Hillary becomes the first man to reach Mount Everest’s peak. It is July 21st, 1969, and Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to traverse the moon’s surface. It is September 3rd, 2012, and Jim Hallsey consecrates the 35th anniversary of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail by hiking, biking, […]

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October 02 2012

Save the Outer Banks! The Fight for North Carolina’s Coast

October 2nd, 2012Posted by 

In spirit of the burgeoning backlash to the North Carolina legislature’s contentious support for fracking, as presented in my previous article, this piece will review the state’s particular advocacy for “Save the Outer Banks.” A polemic released in July of 2008 spells out with retrospectively astonishing accuracy the threats to North Carolina’s coast; ones that […]

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September 18 2012

The Tides of Battle: Fracking vs. Offshore Wind in North Carolina

September 18th, 2012Posted by 

“Wind Mills, Not Oil Spill, The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind Versus Offshore Drilling in North Carolina” is the name of the directorial manifesto, authored by Environment North Carolina, which will guide North Carolina in its fight against the consequences of Senate Bill 820. The controversial 820, which was passed after numerous vetoes […]

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September 04 2012

Raleigh, North Carolina Urban Design Center Lunch Forum Series

September 4th, 2012Posted by 

Beneath the myriad accolades and honors awarded to the city of Raleigh, exists its innovative and exceptionally accessible Raleigh Urban Design Center. This past summer, pools of Raleigh’s most engaged denizens sacrificed their lunch breaks for a higher cause; the city form. On five separate occasions, the Urban Design Center hosted one-hour civic discussions on […]

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August 21 2012

The Raleigh-Portland Parallel

August 21st, 2012Posted by 

In just under two decades, the once soft-spoken city of Raleigh, North Carolina will increase its population by about half to reach the 600,000 citizen prediction prophesied by the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. This rapid progress is merely symptomatic of the larger growth occurring in the tri-county metro (Wake, in which Raleigh is located, Orange, and […]

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August 07 2012

How to Flourish in the Biodiesel Industry: A Day at Piedmont Biofuels

August 7th, 2012Posted by 

In July 2012, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan gleefully snipped the official ribbon at the Piedmont Biofuels ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying the well-proven commercial viability of the plant’s innovative biodiesel brewing process. Just about two years ago, the triumph of this successful biofuels company was made possible by a $1.2 million United States Department of Energy […]

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July 24 2012

A Pragmatic Interpretation of Foucault’s Biopower

July 24th, 2012Posted by 

Michel Foucault (October 1926- June 1984) was a French philosopher and activist, pivotal in the conception of contemporary postmodern theory. They are bred in the suburbs, and then sent to school. They attend Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. They are pumped with pertinent education, and then are […]

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July 10 2012

Social Entrepreneurship in the City of Oaks: A Day at Raleigh City Farm, North Carolina

July 10th, 2012Posted by 

Lacking the time to study up on the latest New Urbanism manifesto? A visit to Raleigh City Farm, of Raleigh, North Carolina, may provide a substantially accurate visual summary. This eight-week-old, 1.3 acre “social enterprise” is picturesquely situated between Peace College and Historic Mordecai neighborhood, granting the urban farm a ten-minute walk from the heart of […]

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