MUSINGS

21 Feb Marcel doing great work

Colleague and friend is always innovating and inspiring the next generation.  Like the incredible digifab panels he created for our mapleton project.  check out the incredible work he is doing with his students at UC Boulder! http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/environmental-design-students-work-become-modern-master-builders...

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09 Dec Biketopia Boulder?

Thursday night was the second  ULI Boulder Salon at Shine. Martha Roskowski of Bikes Belong presented a fantastic overview of the bike situation - from Copenhagen and Amsterdam to New York and Chicago to Boulder.  What lessons can we learn?  How can we intensely increase...

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02 Dec Chasing Ice

I just saw the very powerful film "Chasing Ice" that documents the disappearance of the glaciers in the far north - indisputable evidence of global warming and the profound changes that are happening on our earth.  It is another warm  December (!!!) day in Boulder and it makes you think....

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01 Jun a working ride

[caption id="attachment_588" align="alignleft" width="493"] grassland[/caption]                 My friend Steve and I are designing a “mountain village” – a cluster of attached homes and apartments with a sense of community, a center, a mix of uses and and a departure from the norm of single family suburbia found...

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25 May Subway Art and Cycling for Dollars – or yuan or euros

This will make you smile on your daily commute!!  RTD could learn a few things! http://jesper.nu/roliga-bilder/random/1257-konst-i-stockholms-tunnelbana.html?goback=.gde_97473_member_118200741           And still one more way to get around and make money as you do it!! http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2012/05/20/bicyclists-in-the-united-states-save-at-least-4-6-billion-a-year-by-riding-instead-of-driving-ased-on-friday-to-coincide-with-national-bike-to-work-day-part-of-national-bike-month-which-occurs-each/?goback=.gde_116818_member_117507240            Thanks to the Linked In Urbanist group for the links!!...

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07 May Density!!!

There are limits to density. But a compelling image of the human capacity to live and adapt (to) their environment. Amazing pictures by Greg Girard. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139914/A-rare-insight-Kowloon-Walled-City.html [caption id="attachment_530" align="alignleft" width="150"] Kowloon City[/caption] It is also strikingly similar to Shibam: the Manhattan of the desert, an incredible vernacular city...

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16 Mar BEING THERE

  I am not sure of the music that this airport invokes (see previous post), but Beijing's new airport certain has a quality of ambition (power), vastness, impersonal beauty, and remoteness.  The sheer size and and its well designed elements provokes respect - Foster and Partners...

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15 Mar Frozen Music

"Architecture is frozen music".  So said Goethe. But the question that must follow is what kind of music.  29th Street Mall or your local indoor stroller may be Barry Manilow.  Then seeing Radiohead the other night ...

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11 Mar How to Work

With different programs, platforms, processes and products and a rapidly evolving field of client expectations and fees, designer's workflow and interface with the mighty computer remains an interesting and vexing problem.  Here is how one innovative design firm works. http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2012/02/conversation-with-allied-works.html Especially interesting since it is from our...

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17 Jan And so it begins …

This blog is an opportunity to provide a critical voice about issues of urbanism and architecture locally (in Colorado), nationally, and globally.  It is meant to include a broad range of issues around our built environment - highlighting issues of sustainability, place, culture, design, and related...

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