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The Beauty of the Contrasting-Chaotic City Form


As urban planners we have a tendency to emphasize the importance and efficiency of the traditional grid street pattern. Compared to the disconnected neighborhoods and subdivisions constructed over the past 75 years, the traditional street grid is far and away … Continue reading

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Dollar Stores Are Gutting Small Town Retailers


Drive through many small towns across America these days and you are almost sure to see a dollar store of one brand or other (or multiple stores) at the edge of town along the main drag or on the bypass. … Continue reading

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Must modern houses resemble office buildings?


A housing trend I’ve noticed in Traverse City is homes being built that look more like an office building rather than a dwelling. I’m all for architectural freedom, but personally it’s not an appealing trend, at least in the manner … Continue reading

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Brutalist architecture buildings seen/visited


Brutalist Architecture often evokes strong reactions, both positive and negative, from the general public. While there are certainly some “less than stirring” examples, there are also quite lovely and inspiring ones too. One of my favorites is Clowes Memorial Hall … Continue reading

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Samples of Brutalist Architecture in Michigan


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Since when are fire trucks incapable of backing up?


As anyone who has worked with fire departments to review the proposed design of new buildings/developments will attest, they hate projects that require a fire truck to back up more than 50-75 feet. Why this is, has never been clearly … Continue reading

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India graces us with the loveliest skyscraper of all


The Namaste Tower under construction in Mumbai, India may not be the tallest skyscraper in the city or in the world at (301 meters or 988 feet in height), but when completed it sure will be the loveliest. Designed to … Continue reading

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Namaste by the runway – Airport yoga is taking off!


The list at the end of the post identifies those 12 airports found thus far that have dedicated yoga rooms available for passengers and employees to practice their poses during travel and/or work. Several other airports (Albuquerque, Raleigh-Durham, and San … Continue reading

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Raising the High Line’s influence to new heights 


  It’s not often that you see a skyscraper design that thinks outside the box here in the United States, but I must admit the proposed Spiral in New York City is an eye-catcher. This handsome tower incorporates a stunning … Continue reading

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Abandoned commercial airports – ruins and reuses


A bit of postmodern ruin porn and uplifting adaptive reuse ideas are provided in this post with a listing of those major abandoned commercial airports which no longer (or in some cases never did) see flights. Some, particularly Croydon, Kai … Continue reading

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