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Month: June 2009

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In the spirit of shifting practice in a post-MKD world (see “changing architectrual landscape” post  – 6/3/09),  I spent some time this weekend wrapping up something that was long overdue. The design and construction sets for “The LEO” are just about finished, and I’m currently figuring out which of the online plan services fits this best, or if […]

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I’ve just found an excellent resource – http://www.buildingscience.com/index_html. It provides independent systems approach and analysis of products and assemblies without the marketing blitz from product manufacturers. I’ll also put this on the permanent link list.

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A new recurring topic at the blog? Ah no – I  promise this won’t be a typical posting. There may not be anyone in town less able to contribute ravings, rantings, or even marginally witty banter in any significant way about all things related to fashion. My fashion sense begins and ends with oxford shirts. But sometimes worlds […]

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Rising house prices? Really? Even though this is about a different locale than Phoenix – good news is good news.  This is an excerpt from the Seattle Times that explains how a local green certification program is helping to support effective development. http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/green-building/seattle-built-green-homes-grew-in-value-in-the-last-two-years.aspx

Providing Shelter

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Unemployment is rising quickly. The value of the dollar depreciates. Inflation is about to explode. For most of us, these things are conceptual in nature. They might have an residual effect on our behaviors in some token way, but mostly our lives continue on unchanged. For a quickly growing part of the population, though, these things contribute […]

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=top-10-myths-about-sustainability Here is a link to an excellent article from Scientific American. It is a great read and reminds me that to properly solve a problem (any problem), it needs first to be properly framed. My favorites are: Myth #2: “Sustainability is all about the environment.” Myth #6: “Sustainability means lowering our standard of living.” […]

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This project is comprised of 52 previously independently-owned lots in Scottsdale, Arizona  immediately south of a very famous (and very cool) boutique  hotel. The buildings have fallen into disrepair, and the tenants – in the buildings where there are actually tenants – range from hard-working illegals to dazed crack heads. The common thread seems to […]

gimme shelter

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These are submission entries for the design project sponsored by the Phoenix Arts Commission. I’m not sure what is happening with City budgets anymore, but it would be great to see these interspersed throughout the city in street and park settings.

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The need for revolutionary housing solutions may be one of the most important issues we face as architects in the upcoming years. In my article “Density=Destiny: Broadening the Local Sustainable Discussion” written in 2005, I outlined how the leaderless sprawl that had governed the Phoenix, Arizona growth plan for the last few decades was absolutely unsustainable. […]

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Michelle Kaufmann, the darling of the latest prefab movement, has fallen on hard times. Even in these hard economic times where up is down and change is constant, I think this is one of the most significant and clear signals about the future of this practice.  http://blog.michellekaufmann.com/?p=2147 I didn’t fully understand the depth of her talent […]