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Archive for April, 2010


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Pulchraphilia, a new word coined by Jason McLennan, makes the case for designing green and sustainable buildings with beauty in mind. This makes environmental stewardship easier, for humans are hard-wired to love beauty.

Creating Value Through Sustainability

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

“You measure what matters, and what gets measured, gets done.” That’s how Eric Hespenheide put it at this afternoon’s MIT Enterprise Forum event, live-streamed at UVic. …And I have to admit I felt a deep admiration for – perhaps jealousy of? – numbers crunchers who can make this real. Me? I’d probably get too absorbed […]

Wishing local government had an opposable mind

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Reading Roger Martin’s The Opposable Mind makes me wonder when local governments will bid conventional thinking good-bye and awaken instead to the possibilities of integrative thinking.

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Bridging Ecological Research and Urban Design | Useful site with upcoming and archived webcasts; this is the section on Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. tags: research, design, brighttalk, webcasts, video, reference, architecture, urban_design, ecological_urbanism Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat I had no idea a Council on Tall Buildings existed! QUOTE The Council on […]

What makes me nervous

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Two kids fashion a raft from beach detritus and paddle out into the Juan de Fuca Strait. Derring-do, foolishness, or adventure?

Follow-up thoughts on Change vs Development

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Following up on my post from yesterday, Change vs Development: Is there a difference?, a couple of additional thoughts. To me, change implies a change of state, a switch from one thing to another. I can change the template of this blog, for example. That’s a minor, inconsequential change, but still a change. Development is […]

Change vs Development: Is there a difference?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The way to make sure absolutely that all you ever get is utter crap change is to resist development at every turn: that’s almost guaranteed to deliver nasty surprises.

Can artifice be truthful? (My Kraftwerk interlude)

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I’m listening to a couple of Kraftwerk CDs that my son requested for his birthday: Die Menschmaschine and Trans Europa Express. There are a number of good links on Youtube for those who need a Kraftwerk refresher: Die Roboter (ignore the intro) and Das Modell, for example. When both Kraftwerk and I were younger and […]

Fool’s gold

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Creating a floor plan from memory triggers several insights about why and how I accumulate stuff in my life, and why subconscious behaviors continue to shape my present.

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