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Pivot, Nebraska

Pivot, Nebraska

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Utopia Toolbox: On the Saturday Six-Pack, June 11

Utopia Toolbox: On the Saturday Six-Pack, June 11

We’ll kick the show off with a rousing discussion about the regional transit master plan just released by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), which, among other things, calls for a Detroit-Ann Arbor rail line with a stop in Ypsilanti, and Bus Rapid…

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Casa Paisa

Casa Paisa

Walking downstairs from the 5th floor of calle 82-34, edificio 50, barrio Laurelles, Medellin, you can follow the modified diamond shape inscribed in the floor tile. This pattern is repeated at a larger scale in the aluminum front gate, which is set off by large…

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House, Flown Apart

House, Flown Apart

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Medellin: Street Commerce

Medellin: Street Commerce

Street level commerce in Medellin, Colombia, March 2016. A true mercantile economy–everywhere, everyday, all the time. From small stores to these vendors who were their own stores (on the left, cell phone minutes at 150 pesos a minute, and on the right, a broom and…

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Salem, MA

Salem, MA

For a brief while, when I worked as a landscape architect with Landworks Studio, I had the great opportunity to camp out on the third floor of the building where our office was. I had no excuse for being late to work. In the evenings,…

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Wanderer in an Unwired City

Wanderer in an Unwired City

  The Architectural League’s publication, Urban Omnibus, and an esteemed jury — Abraham Burickson, Annie Coggan, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, and UO editors — selected my essay, Wanderer in An Unwired City,  as one of three submissions  from around the world wide. The call yielded a range…

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Collected Lots

Collected Lots

  Collected Lots, a rumination on a flea market in Detroit first appeared in the October 2015 issue of Infinite Mile. The story traces the connection between a weekly flea market in Detroit and a one in Brussels, Belgium, through inter related objects.

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Public Letters

Public Letters

  For many years, as we have gone to Pittsburgh to visit our family, I had admired the hand lettered signs in the front windows of Murray Avenue Kosher. In 2013 the hand lettered signs on butcher paper had been replaced by 18 x 24″…

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Brightmoor Bikes

Brightmoor Bikes, Trikes, and Trailers features three-wheeled vehicles that show the Motor City how to roll for the 21st Century. Through afterschool and summer programs in bicycle maintenance, design, and woodworking, youth from Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood rebuild utility tricycles for a range of functions, from…

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