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  • It isn't very scientific to string three events together and turn them into a natural law. However, recent so called "natural disasters" in the US should provoke architects, planners and engineers to ponder the issues and ask serious questions with...

  • What, if the trajectory of history doesn't continue as projected? What, if there are paradigm shifts ahead that most hadn't planned for? Would increased instability accelerate or slow urbanization? Is continued growth sustainable, no matter how unstable...

  • Smart phones keep chirping with unpleasant news. Millions of refugees on the move worldwide, Britain leaving the EU, IS attacks on a gay nightclub in Orlando, a French City on the Cote D'Azur celebrating the national holiday being ambushed by a radicalized...

  • This post raises interesting issues. Yes, school buses are a big expense and do add to traffic. However, many alternatives would increase the use of fuel, and add in a big way to air pollution and increase traffic congestion and vehicle miles traveled...

  • great observation and research! Awareness is the first step toward solutions. I am fortunate to live in Portland, OR with a great public transportation system and many walkable neighborhoods, but even here, many parents still drive their kids to...

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  • Hello COTE Community! In all of the happenings of the month you may have missed this one item. On June 22, 2016, President Obama said “Here in America, folks should have the confidence to know that the laundry detergent...

  • Scientists predict that extreme meteorological events are becoming more frequent and destructive. For instance late last year, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm recorded in the world so far, decimated central island cities in the Philippines....

  • Read original article here . (Image by SXC) Our bodies are covered in skin that helps protect and regulate our internal temperature levels. In a similar fashion, a building’s envelope protects its internal functions and acts as a transitional...

  • Reflecting on one of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Repositioning themes, “Innovate” inspires ideas on building a better world. It brings to mind a new blog series called “ Building as Unusual ” by Geekie-Award-winning ...

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  • ( View original article at the Coverings Blog ) Ceramic tile has been a popular building material for over 4,000 years. It played a prominent role in the history of building construction from the oldest pyramids in Egypt to the tile mosaics...

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