Specifying better building products is impossible without a clear understanding of the ingredients in the materials themselves. Most of us would assume that basic toxicity testing has been conducted and that all chemicals in the marketplace today are safe. A recent EPA study has found that this is not a prudent assumption.
San Antonio is one step closer to getting her streetcars back! Recently, VIA Metropolitan Transit held a public meeting to describe six alternate routes. All six variations consist of two basic patterns traversing downtown, one north-south and the other east-west. All are in the five-mile range, well short of the ninety miles San Antonio enjoyed at one time, but a great beginning.
As long as we concentrate on what we recognize, we’re stuck on what we know. The AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering, & Construction) competes in a marketplace characterized by cyclical economic changes. As construction economic conditions improve, the tendency is to return to a comfort zone which is normally a business-as-usual or "I've been doing it this way for twenty years" approach.
What is the value of exchange and collaboration between folks with different intelligences, experiences and points of view? And how can we learn from the arts to enrich this exchange and foster our professional performance? The process of sharing ideas and removing restraints begins with a single step, an integrated design approach.
I’m starting to notice some common traits in the creative leaders involved in affordable housing – a wonderful combination of grit and grace. Their ability to combine determination and perseverance with refinement and style is truly worthy of applause. In 2010, New Hope Housing in Houston built Texas' first LEED certified affordable housing project - and it is Platinum! - a huge feat by a not-for-profit organization.