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Tall Timbers – The rise of the wooden skyscraper


In recent years, a new trend in high-rise construction has emerged – the development of skyscrapers constructed largely of wood products (can also referred to as mass timber, cross-laminate timber, and/or engineered-wood). Use of these natural materials have the benefits of … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from San Antonio


Here are my ten (10) planning lessons from one of America’s most enjoyable and dynamic large cities – San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio’s River Walk can easily be classified as one of America’s “most iconic planning efforts.” It helped set … Continue reading

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Top engineering/design marvels seen to date by state/province


Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alberta – Calgary’s Light Rail System (CTrain) Alaska – Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks Arkansas – Bobby Hopper Tunnel in NW Arkansas Arizona – Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam in … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Pittsburgh


An aging industrial city can successfully reinvent itself; but despite doing so, Pittsburgh continues to face the challenge of population decline. As the photo above indicates, pedestrian access to the waterfront from the downtown triangle is too often hindered by … Continue reading

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A mix of old and new in the Old Pueblo of Tucson


  Above and below a photographic sampling of the unique mix of old and new architectural styles you can find in the Old Pueblo of Tucson. Enjoy!    

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El edificio más alto por país en América Latina


(The tallest building by country in Latin America.) Torres Obispado: Monterrey, Mexico = 1,002′ (2020)  Gran Torre Costanera: Santiago, Chile = 984′ (2014) J.W. Marriott Hotel: Panama City, Panama = 932′ (2011) Yachthouse Residence Club 1 & 2: Balneario Camboriú, Brazil … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Old West Ghost Towns


On a recent visit to Arizona and New Mexico, my son and I had the opportunity to visit/view three ghost towns – Fairbank, Arizona; Shakespeare, New Mexico; and Steins, New Mexico. Each had its own history to tell about the … Continue reading

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Ciudades de México con los edificios más altos


CIUDAD = EDIFICIOS MAS ALTOS/RASCACIELOS Ciudad de Mexico, Distrito Federal = 1,461/130 Acapulco, Guerrero = 152/6 Guadalajara, Jalisco = 94/10 Cancun, Quintana Roo = 93/0 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon = 82/14 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco = 66/0 Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico = … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Bisbee, AZ


Current and former mining towns (as well as all declining post-industrial cities) can learn valuable lessons from Bisbee on how to survive and later begin to reverse the decline after its founding industry falters. Architectural gems from previous eras are … Continue reading

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India’s five colorful cities as an urban art form


Five cities in India are famous for their mesmerizing colorful images. Depending on the city, natural and/or human-made forces helped create their artistic and elegant appearance upon Earth’s canvas. These lovely cities are presented in alphabetical order. All of them … Continue reading

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