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January 2009 article up

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

It’s almost the end of the month – my March article is due in a few days and I realized I hadn’t yet posted my (published) January 2009 Focus Magazine article. So, here it is: Building bridges and start-up muscle in Victoria (PDF on I heart this one – it’s about design (constraints and […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

“Where Do Cities Come From?” (Richard Florida – Creative Class) Florida points to an article that smacks down cities (it claims that historically they’ve been “death traps”) and asks for reader feedback. I left a long comment. (PS: this one is going to generate its own blog post on my blog, in response to rebuttals […]

Closed routine or open innovation?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

While there’s much to be said for routine and regular habits, there are other times that require smashing the status quo. I went to City Hall this morning, expecting to participate in a workshop/ presentation by city staff on the implications of BC’s Bill 27 on revenue earned by the city through DCCs (Development Cost […]

“Timber!” or “Timber?”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

After attending today’s Urban Development Institute Luncheon on “The Story Behind the Six Storey Mid-rise Initiative” (with speaker Trudy Rotgans, Manager, Building and Safety Policy Branch in the BC Government), I have some additional thoughts on the topic (first broached from another angle here). As billed, the presentation’s topic was this: You heard about it […]

Notes: Grist-ly.

Monday, January 19th, 2009

I checked into my blog’s admin pages last night to post my Sunday Diigo links. I’m aware that I last blogged – about “mystery” of all things – on January 12, which happened to be my mother’s birthday. I don’t especially like thinking about my deceased parents. They were bonkers, frankly. January 12 would have […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

The Long Emergency: An Interview with James Howard Kunstler – O’Reilly Broadcast I despise the way JH Kunstler has managed to make what should be well-placed criticism of the system into an ideological cult that’s infused with hocus-pocus and now – egad! – “neo-medievalism” and celebrating the failure of “the Enlightenment mental model.” There’s so […]

Notes: Mystery

Monday, January 12th, 2009

As I was on a sort of nostalgia rag (see my comments to the Freshness post, for example), I was reminded of a book by Louise Huebner (go ahead, google her), which I read when I was 14. Her book, while having an eccentric title, was about power and control, a topic of keen interest […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Asian Designers Are Schooling American Architects–Here’s How A bit of a fluff piece (this is the “printable” page – FastCompany has so much annoying flash & crud on its front pages), but there’s an interesting thought about *im*permanent architecture here. QUOTE One of Ma’s core ideas — the impermanence of architecture — has particular appeal […]

Notes: Gaia

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Musing this morning on the article I found through one of John Geraci‘s tweets, Green Algae Bloom Process Could Stop Global Warming by Andrew Williams in Clean Technica, I wondered whether the earth is growing us up. You know, like parents grow up kids? It seems our projects and responsibilities get bigger, same as when […]

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