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December 10 2012

Wheels of Progress Website Critique

December 10th, 2012Posted by 

Wheels of Progress, a 501(C)3 organization, has a simple mission “to create affordable, accessible, supportive housing and transformative environments for people with physical disabilities.” One may not have guessed this noble cause from first impressions of its website. Here are a few suggestions to update and modernize, Wheels of Progress: 1. “Splash pages” or “splash […]

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December 04 2012

2013 CNU Charter Awards Announcement

December 4th, 2012Posted by 

For over a decade, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has given professionals and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design the opportunity to compete across multiple categories for the annual CNU Charter Awards. The Charter Awards honor a select number of winners, honorable mentions, and two grand prize winners: one professional and one […]

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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 21 2012

Middelgrunden Wind Power Plant, Copenhagen: Major Player in the 40% Share of Annual Energy Consumption

November 21st, 2012Posted by 

Given the disappointing situation of nuclear energy stations and their hazardous accidents, nations like Denmark have strictly excluded nuclear use as part of their strategy for producing electricity. This has increased aspiring concepts like alternative energy farms: socially and environmentally-harmless frameworks. Autonomous giant structures that coordinate their moves with nature’s rhythm, the wind power plants […]

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November 14 2012

Responsive Architecture In Tacoma, Washington’s Center for Urban Waters: Buildings That Adapt To Environmental Conditions

November 14th, 2012Posted by 

Tacoma, Washington is no stranger to LEED Platinum government buildings, but how about going a step further and creating one that actually has the capacity to react to its environmental conditions and alter itself in order to minimize its energy use? Tacoma’s Center for Urban Waters; a 51,000 square-foot office and laboratory building, was completed […]

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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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September 26 2012

Rain Barrels Over a Sole-Source Aquifer: Who Owns the Sky?

September 26th, 2012Posted by 

Washington, like many other western states, did not allow rain barrel use whatsoever until the last few years. Colorado modernized its pioneer-age laws regarding water rights in July 2009, allowing rain barrel usage to anyone to any degree, so long as they have a permit and did not interfere with any other’s water rights. Washington […]

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September 19 2012

Top 10 Architecture Firms to Follow on Twitter

September 19th, 2012Posted by 

As President Barack Obama’s recent acceptance speech showed us, Twitter has become one of the largest social networking services in media today.  His speech broke the twitter record with 52,756 tweets per minute and generated roughly 4 million tweets. In the realm of architecture, twitter can be used to promote, inform, and create dialogue with […]

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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 12 2012

Developing Cities Under Social Conditions: Malmo, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark

September 12th, 2012Posted by 

The Øresund Strait links the two nations through an underwater tunnel, an artificial island and a bridge structure, totaling 8km of rail and road. There lies the Øresund region, the northern European territory around the Baltic Sea covering the southern Sweden and eastern Denmark, the most densely populated area in Scandinavia, housing 3.7 million citizens. It […]

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September 12 2012

Spokane’s Rich History of the Adoption and Destruction of Rail Transportation: Please Be Doomed to Repeat!

September 12th, 2012Posted by 

In April 1888, the first streetcar line in Spokane, Washington was built for Browne’s Addition, a neighborhood just one-mile West of downtown.  The terrain is level and easy to maneuver for the less-powerful engines. It was built to attract mining and timber barons to the then-newly built mansions in the subdivision. It was drawn by horses and was […]

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August 30 2012

Landscape Architecture Digs Up a New Definition for Itself In Light of Environmental Challenges

August 30th, 2012Posted by 

Garden designer? How about ecological warrior? Landscape architects may be due for a new reputation, and for good reason. As a field, landscape architecture has changed rapidly over the past two decades. It is too simple to assume that architects focus only on floral gardens and upscale stone walkways. As human environmental impacts become more […]

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August 14 2012

A New Brand for Mammoth Lakes, CA: Why Marketing is Crucial for Community Success

August 14th, 2012Posted by 

Marketing is the set of planning and implementation practices that result in a product or service that is both satisfying to customers and results in a profit. Advertisements are only one component of a marketing strategy which also includes market research, media planning, public relations, product pricing, distribution, customer support, sales strategy, and community involvement. […]

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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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August 03 2012

The Death of High Speed Rail in Richmond, Virginia

August 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Since 1996, the State of Virginia has been working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Southeastern High Rail Corridor project to establish high speed rail passenger connections that would connect the City of Richmond to places like Columbia, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and Raleigh, North Carolina.  The project is being done as a […]

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August 01 2012

Inside the Spokane Sewer Treatment Plant’s Facelift: Neighboring State Park Breathes Sigh of Relief

August 1st, 2012Posted by 

Spokane, Washington was given the land for its wastewater treatment plant and Riverside State Park by an affluent citizen in his will in the first half of the 20th century. He designated the land’s division and only allowed the City to keep the land if they used it for those sole two reasons. The only […]

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July 31 2012

How the New Zero Emissions Legislation in California Affects Air Quality Monitoring in Mammoth Lakes, California

July 31st, 2012Posted by 

California has the worst air quality in the nation, boasting 10 out of the 25 cities most polluted by short-term particle pollution. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved new emissions rules for cars and light trucks on January 31, 2012. The mandate requires an increase […]

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July 25 2012

Housing Projects Getting Back On Track In South Hill, Washington: New Emerald Point Planned Community

July 25th, 2012Posted by 

South Hill, Washington is an unincorporated neighborhood encompassing approximately 19-square miles of Pierce County and has seen tremendous growth over the last 30-years. In 1994, planners with Pierce County Planning and Land Services (PALS), began updating its existing Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations, which included a South Hill Community Plan. The plan, however, only provided […]

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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 18 2012

How to Promote your Firm on LinkedIn: Architects, Urban Planners

July 18th, 2012Posted by 

Your firm can use the popular professional networking site LinkedIn for much more than your standard Facebook ‘like’ page. Facebook is casual and is viewable by all whom may be interested in your firm. LinkedIn provides a professional atmosphere online with many specific tools and resources to help your business and employees. Here are four tips […]

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