Monthly Archives: February 2015

Theories of public design

When Dr. Barry Allen (’79 U. Penn) lent me Design Activism by Anne Thorpe, it planted a seed that has quickly sprouted.  Here in Central Florida, design activism is urgently needed to heal so many broken conditions, but very few … Continue reading

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The qwave

The Qwave is a proposed tinyhouse for Sarasota’s Vamo district, and has a distinct Sarasotan heritage.  This area, which dates from the 1920s, is a pocket of space redolent with the timeless, gentle natural energy of the central West Coast … Continue reading

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Jim Walter lives on

In the late 1940s, when Levittown and other experiments began capitalizing on America’s postwar growth, Tampa’s Jim Walter tried something different:  he chose sufficiency as a goal, rather than the maximum.  His homes were unfinished, and you could finish them … Continue reading

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Where is Carl Degler when you need him?

“This is an excellent essay. You make a great point. I too have read Degler and your take is spot on. I think his position in historian circles is carried by guys like Thomas Sugrue.  Great work.” -Julian Chambliss, Associate … Continue reading

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