Category Archives: education

A beautiful Buddhist building blossoms

Above and below are images of the magnificent new Nan Tien Institute (a Buddhist educational center) located in Wollongong, Australia. The building’s entrance was designed to resemble the blooming petals of a lotus flower, which has three significant spiritual meanings to … Continue reading

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Who will be today’s counterculture heroes?

We live in a very tumultuous world. Both similar to and different from the dangers faced by the Beat Generation at the dawn of the Cold War or by the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements of the 1960s. Activists of … Continue reading

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Dim the lights and celebrate International Dark Sky Week!

Begun in 2003, International Dark Sky Week celebrates the awesome glory of the night sky while also informing the public of threats from sky glow, glare, and other forms of light pollution. In 2015, International Dark Sky Week takes place from April … Continue reading

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It’s a beach, not a litter box for plastic!

This disgusting and disgraceful view is what we were greeted with upon arriving at the beach of San Jose Island on the Texas Gulf Coast 10 days ago.  The largely uninhabited island sits on the north side of the mouth … Continue reading

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ULI’s 21 great ways to build healthy places!

  The Urban Land Institute recently released its Building Healthy Places Toolkit. The document “outlines 21 practical and evidence-based recommendations that the development community can use to promote health at the building or project scale.” The recommendations are broken into … Continue reading

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“Planning should be aspirational”

“Planning should be aspirational.” Those four words sum up in a nutshell what the planning profession should be all about. They were stated by a friend of mine recently at a meeting and no truer statement was ever said about … Continue reading

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Freezeways: Cutting-edge planning for Winter Cities

Atlanta’s ambitious and impressive Belt Line was fostered by a thesis project. Now, comes the Freezeway, a bold theorem by University of British Columbia graduate student Matt Gibbs, which proposes to convert some of Edmonton, Alberta’s bike trails into linear commuter/recreational … Continue reading

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