Too many guns: an architect’s view

Access to too many guns defeats building safety

America has too many guns. Almost every week unnecessary deaths and avoidable slaughter occur in individual or mass killings of innocent people. Since 2001 needless U. S. gun deaths, CNN reports, have averaged over 30,000 per year,  and only a tiny percentage…

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Houston, can you read me? –Heartbroken in St. Louis

St. Louis, Sept. 1, 2017: Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. While capable first responders, an able governor and alert local officials  have worked around the clock and taken decisive measures to rescue marooned residents and begin recovery,…

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Retraining: Get in touch with the unfamiliar

Louis I. Kahn, Architect

  “The architect is in touch with the unfamiliar,” Louis I. Kahn, the legendary twentieth-century architect, once told a group of Yale architecture students. In coining this cryptic phrase, he described the attitude required to explore, probe and test  multiple ways to…

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Shipping container homes address storm damage

Prototype for shipping container homes

A brand new prototype for shipping container homes now sits proudly on a hilltop in Steelville, Missouri. Last year I was tapped for what planning  and promotional experience I could lend to Living Uncontained, a professional housing and economic development team.  Their…

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