On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such a trip: the personal benefit of often irrational actions or events, like exploring huts 60 miles away in a desert in California; the social benefit of desert living; and the potential architectural benefit of [Read more…] about Juxta-Prose: Mass Hesperia!!
About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget was the final blow. [Read more…] about Urban Design Centers and Healthier Communities
In Portland, bicycles provide both an economic boost and a healthy way to get around for residents. [Read more…] about Portland Tops Rankings for Bike Commuting
Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to issue a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets this week when the City Council voted to put a stop to their use. [Read more…] about LA Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Bags
NYC- At the end of October, my wife and I visited New York City. Among the sites and scenes we visited, was the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. Only a block away from the World Trade Center site and near Wall Street, it was an eclectic, fascinating, [Read more…] about Sustainable Occupy Wall Street, Part 1
Using the Ecological Goods and Services model as the basis for understanding and developing measurable ecological sustainability as it relates to the creation of green buildings.
The Problem: It’s way too easy being green.
We in the architectural community are guilty of promoting ourselves as something we are not, and doing so on a massive scale. What we are not, is green. What we do not do is create projects that are ecologically sustainable. [Read more…] about Sustainable Design – Why even the best of us aren’t practicing it and how we can begin