December 31, 2003 


Minor Brick Adjustment

Chicago: While strolling through Bucktown the other day, I came upon this interesting use of bricks that makes an average building stand out nicely. Just twist a few rows and you get instant ornamentation. A simple gesture that goes a... [read on...]

Posted at 07:11 PM | Please feel free to comment (1)
Category:
Architecture

 December 21, 2003 


Quieter Jet Landings

Louisville: To be honest, this may make people lose their lunch, but if MIT says so, it's probably worth the study. Anyway, they're testing a quieter way of landing jets in Louisville known as "continuous descent approach"... but really it... [read on...]

Posted at 08:00 PM
Category:
Aviation

 December 16, 2003 


The Cycle Friendly Metropolis

Copenhagen & Amsterdam: Bit of a brief entry, but seeing as I'm trying to make an effort to keep things fresh here, better than nothing: Excellent Article in Metropolis Magazine comparing the bicycle policies of Copenhagen and Amsterdam with those... [read on...]

Posted at 11:10 PM | Please feel free to comment (2)
Category:
Cycling

 December 11, 2003 


Big Solar Plan in Fresno

Fresno, CA: In what is supposed to cut the city's utility bills by 60 grand a year, Fresno is unveiling a massive solar panels on the roofs of several major city-owned buildings. [article here] The project was made possible by... [read on...]

Posted at 06:10 PM
Category:
Environment , Urban Planning

 December 09, 2003 


Bay Area Bridge Toll Raise

San Francisco: Remarkably, people seem to be greeting a proposed rise in bay-area bridge tolls with a degree of enthusiasm. Even if the toll goes up to $3, as proposed, the Bay Bridge is probably among the cheapest bridges of... [read on...]

Posted at 09:30 PM | Please feel free to comment (1)
Category:
Urban Planning

 December 03, 2003 


Strip Malls to Housing

Fremont, CA: In what appears to be a brilliant move, planners in Freemont have proposed converting some defunct strip malls to housing. There isn't much information as to exactly what kind of housing this means, but given the relative proximity... [read on...]

Posted at 01:23 PM
Category:
Urban Planning

 December 01, 2003 


Seemingly Trivial Elements that Matter

Girona, Spain: Spanish cities are often plagued by a ring of really horrendous high-rise neighborhoods that look straight out of the apocalypse. This building, however, has been greatly improved by the addition of some colored graphic elements on the balconies.... [read on...]

Posted at 12:35 PM
Category:
Architecture