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A temporary settle

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

My updates have lately dwindled to practically zero. I’m in limbo of sorts, arguably a continuation of life-as-usual, but now in a different place. For the time being, I’m in Portland Oregon. Interesting city. Been here for about a week, busy settling in and heading out when possible. My little furry friend, Jigger the Dog, […]

Playhouse, tiny house, innermost house

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

What’s the relationship between $50,000 playhouses for the children of the very rich and hand-built Tiny Houses for adults? The difference starts with what happens in your head.

How to Save Downtown (Victoria BC)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

How to Save Downtown Victoria BC Canada: article submitted to FOCUS Magazine (June 2011), original and complete version. FOCUS online version is compromised, and the print version is rubbish. Read this for the real thing.

Dying Downtown Victoria BC

Monday, March 21st, 2011

If downtown Victoria BC storefronts were teeth, this city would need a new bridge. …Oh, wait. That’s a bad joke (see posts tagged with Johnson Street Bridge)… We are getting a new bridge. But as the following photos will show, what we really need is economic revitalization. This afternoon, I was walking down Fort Street […]

Apartment hallways: semi-public, communal spaces

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Can anyone recommend great sources (books, online or print articles, photo sites) that address the topic of apartment foyers and hallways? Or do you have personal insights and stories about apartment hallways you’ve loved or loathed? I’m playing around with some ideas, possibly for a longer piece. For example: the notion of public, communal space […]

Do green and make green

Monday, October 11th, 2010

There are times, I think, when having a tumblr (vs a blog) would be cool – then it would be enough just to post, free-standing, the smack-down that Peter Busby (“one of Canada’s leaders in green architecture”) gives Bob Rennie (“the influential Vancouver condo marketer who is the last say for many developers on what […]

Offering hot yoga and skin care …with garbage on the side?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

There’s a storefront about three blocks from my house that has been bugging me for a few years now, and tonight I’m calling it out. The frontage I’m talking about is actually at the back of the building, a narrow 2-story structure that stretches from a frontage on a main street to another (secondary) frontage […]

A glance across the threshold

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

A while back, I read A. Alfred Taubman’s Threshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer. As I noted on my LinkedIn Reading List Update, An unusual book by an unusual individual: A. Alfred Taubman is a real estate developer (who has been accused of “malling” America); an art collector; former part-owner of […]

Realistic 3D projection on building: more info?

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Does anyone have any information about an amazing video posted on, called Realistic 3D projection on a building? Watch it now (click on the image): . Wimp seems to “own” this video in the google-sphere and I’m not succeeding in tracking down its origins. I’d love to have some details – how it was […]

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