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So Often At Cross-Purposes

So often it seems as if those who seek to plan and develop spaces and those who use them are at cross-purposes.  Being someone who has spent a lifetime exploring the implications of these cross-purposes, I find this to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: Compact Cabins

Compact Cabins:  62 Plans For Camps, Cottages, Lake Houses & Other Getaways, by Gerald Rowan Although this book is aimed at endorsing and advocating for small vacation properties for people as a second home, there is a great deal of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crabgrass Frontier

Crabgrass Frontier:  The Suburbanization Of The United States, by Kenneth Jackson There is a deep problem with an author who can have nice things to say about the atrocious mass public housing efforts during the Great Depression and afterward but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thoughts On Building Strong Towns: Volume III

Thoughts On Building Strong Towns:  Volume III, by Charles L. Marohn, Jr, et al I had deeply mixed feelings in reading this book, as my thoughts in general on the Strong Towns movement are deeply mixed [1].  On the one … Continue reading

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The Last Time I Ever Saw An Affordable House Built

I was recently reading an article from a group of people I critique and comment on sometimes [1], and I was struck by the way in which the writer of the article tried to justify the expense of much new construction.  … Continue reading

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Maybe We Don’t Want Our Towns To Be Strong

Earlier today I found myself being promoted an initiative called Strong Towns that wishes to encourage higher density zoning and a focus on pedestrian-friendly towns that reduce sprawl and make life much more difficult for those of us who use … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hidden Figures

Hidden Figure:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly Although I watched the movie that was based on an early version of this book when … Continue reading

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Book Review: Signature In The Cell

Signature In The Cell:  DNA And The Evidence For Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer I have wanted to read this book for a long time and upon reading it, I gain an appreciation for how the author’s peer-reviewed writing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Biomimicry

Biomimicry:  Innovation Inspired By Nature, by Janine M. Benyus I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.  Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons.  For one, the tone of … Continue reading

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Book Review: To Engineer Is Human

To Engineer Is Human:  The Role Of Failure In Successful Design, by Henry Petroski Although my work world has not reflected my educational background in engineering for some time, from time to time I enjoy reading books about engineering, and … Continue reading

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