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The Zoning Code makes the Comprehensive Plan Illegal? WTF?

Warning! Planning Geek stuff ahead….

Most state have a law on the books that requires municipalities to adopt a Comprehensive Plan (called a General Plan in California) that will guide local investments in transportation, schools, parks, fire trucks, hospitals, and sewer plants.   416 more words

Why is it so hard to build a decent building?

In a recent Facebook post my friend and colleague Steve Mouzon, author of Original Green, posed an important question:

“Why is it that when there is an attempt to recover a lost tradition, that which is built is not the tradition but rather a cartoon of that tradition –have we lost the ability to see clearly?” 425 more words

AIA West Jersey - LBI LEED House Tour

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 – AIA West Jersey is excited to announce a trip to Long Beach Island, NJ for the opportunity to tour a… 167 more words


AECCafe - ArchShowcase: "Micropolis Morphed: Out of 'Little Paws' in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Arielle Condoret Schechter"

By Sanjay Gangal

The professor/author wanted to build “Little Paws,” one of Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter’s collection of tiny, modern, sustainable house plans she sells under the registered trademark Micropolis Houses®. 71 more words

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Urban Rubbish: The Worm Farm

Out “shopping” at council pickup a couple weeks ago, we found a perfectly good worm farm being tossed out.

Well, I say “perfectly good.”  We had to evict a few redbacks, but after that, it was fine. 346 more words


Moskito Island: Framing its Natural Assets

Set amid emerald isles and turquoise waters in the British Virgin Islands, Sir Richard Branson’s latest tropical retreat allows the natural beauty of the location to take centre stage. 723 more words