Articles - January, 2008

Tuin Project, House + Yard Goes Vertical

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Your version of the proverbial American Dream may not include a house, dog, and white picket fence, but I’m sure it’s something like that.  But what happens to your American Dream when future development policies encourage greater density and vertical construction?  Don’t get me wrong.  Greater density is a good thing and it alleviates the harmful effects of sprawl.  But, at the same time, our vision of the American Dream becomes more and more obsolete.  Unless … you see greater density and vertical living as something similar to the above.  Designed by Reinier de Jong, MoCo Loco reports on the concept: "Tuin project is a proposal that places a typical two storey dwelling with a garden within a highrise framework in order to keep those who flee towards suburbia in search of space firmly in the city."  Why not, right?

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PTI: Making Some Changes

Friends, I think my eyes are bigger than my website hacking skills, so you might see some glitches.  Apparently, the site was loading differently in IE as compared to Firefox.  I’m a Firefox person, so I didn’t realize that, but maybe I should take the time to say Jetson Green is optimized for Firefox?!  I decided to get the top right ads out of my face, so I tried to make that different.  If you see glitches, feel free to comment below, so I can figure them out.  Thanks, and:

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Crossroads, First Green Homeless Shelter

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There’s an excellent article in NY Times on what’s believed to be the first green homeless shelter in the country.  It’s an extraordinary $11 M shelter.  Homeless shelters usually operate out of an old warehouse or derelict building, but this place, Crossroads, is different.  It’s a reality primarily as a result of the tenacity of Wendy Jackson, executive director of the East Oakland Community Project of Alameda County.  After seven long years and lots of hard work, Jackson was able to make it happen.  The newly finished, modern building accommodates 125 residents.

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