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SHIFTING FOUNDATION; This One is About Teaching and Learning

SHIFTING FOUNDATION; This One is About Teaching and Learning

Topic: Classroom

The basic structure of the American system of education at all grade levels, its very foundation, must dramatically shift. Emphasis must be on : Fundamentals of Finance : Money management, budget planning, saving money by not spending, c Read more
Homebuilding is Mysterious

Homebuilding is Mysterious

Topic: Classroom

Homebuilding is mysterious. Whether it's professionals trying to build and sell, or individuals trying to find a place to live, Earth is a planet of home-seekers who know too little about how the dwelling industry works. No single step is hard to do. Read more
Next Week or This Week?

Next Week or This Week?

Next week? Civilization has been in the making for more than 10,000 years, but we still don't know which week is 'next' week. On a Sunday night, a client emailed a request for a meeting "next week." Business-day-wise, because the work-week is Mond Read more
BUILDING CODES ARE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION, BUT ONLY BY THE BOSS

BUILDING CODES ARE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION, BUT ONLY BY THE BOSS

Topic: Classroom

In the part of my career which could be called 'long ago' there was a point in time when see-through fireplaces were being built in homes in cities around mine, and in states surrounding mine, but not in my own home town. That's because the chief bui Read more
Full Circle: Aging In Place

Full Circle: Aging In Place

AGING IN PLACE is an important step everyone should think about. I'm about to design a plan to renovate a master bedroom and bath for the purpose of staying at home while getting old. What makes this project so special? It's for clients I first work Read more
Lines and Circles of Life and Business

Lines and Circles of Life and Business

Topic: Classroom

A very influential friend of mine, Curtis Jackson Wall, died this week on July 6th, 2019. I was first introduced to him many years ago by his son, also Curtis, who is like a brother to me. I told Mr. Wall I was about to open my own business drawing Read more
Talking Dirty but NOT on Purpose

Talking Dirty but NOT on Purpose

Topic: Raising the Roof

A reader submitted an innocent question: “How can I seal and hide a crack in my garage floor.” Having little time to devote to reader-questions, yet needing more information, I replied with the boiled-down response, “Please, send a pic of your Read more
Codes for Climate Change

Codes for Climate Change

Topic: Classroom

Hotter. Colder. Wetter. Dryer. This is called climate load, and it comes in an evermore random order. The need to design homes and buildings which can live through many decades of crazy weather is upon us. Long overdue are standards of constructi Read more
Power Over Smoke

Power Over Smoke

Topic: Raising the Roof

Texas is one of my favorite places. I'm currently designing a new house in west Texas. It will be next door to an existing house. The guy in the existing house just called me. He began with, "I will sue you unless..." His demand was that I guarantee Read more
Rise Above the Code

Rise Above the Code

Topic: Insights

Way back in 1977, Roy Franklin, one of my earliest builder-clients, was the first person I ever heard say, “The Building Code is the least you can do and get away with it. Rise above it.” I took it to heart and Rise Above became my motto. In the Read more
Blame for Hurricane-Michael-Related Building Code Failure is Misplaced

Blame for Hurricane-Michael-Related Building Code Failure is Misplaced

Topic: Classroom

Video posts on social media, which appeared even as Hurricane Michael roared across the Florida panhandle, revealed buildings falling down, and whole structures lifted up and away. Also revealed was that the hurricane was an almost irresistible force Read more
Pattern of Power for the People

Pattern of Power for the People

Topic: Classroom

It is not enough to have sacred laws to lead citizens, unless those citizens are prudent of mind by learning, and strong of body by exercise, that they may lead themselves and others, as well as defend themselves from oppressors. Andrea Palladio - 15 Read more
Wont Work Never Will

Wont Work Never Will

Topic: Classroom

Given project conditions that will never change, numbers that don't work are numbers that never will work. Stop the project.   Read more