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Our blog is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.


Archive for June, 2009

By Fareed Zakaria, NEWSWEEK Published Jun 13, 2009 The simple truth is that with all its flaws, capitalism remains the most productive economic engine we have yet invented. Like Churchill’s line about democracy, it is the worst of all economic systems, except for the others… Capitalism means growth, but also instability. The system is dynamic […]

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By Mara Lemos Stein, The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2009 Excerpts from a conversation with Kevin Parker, global head of Deutsche Asset Management, a unit of Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG, Take capitalism. Add a passion for sustainability. The result: investment funds focused on mitigating the effects of climate change. WSJ: What do you think […]

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Watch this Video from 350.org Welcome to the world premier of the new video from 350.org. It sums up the basics of the 350 movement–the science, the creativity, and most importantly, the International Day of Climate Action on 24 October, 2009. Enjoy–and pass it on to your friends. See how you can get involved in […]

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The Atlantic, by Joshua Green, July/August 2009 Someday, all these technologies will come together. The Buck Rogers vision of the future is an electricity “ecosystem” built on a smart grid through which bountiful forms of clean, domestic power course into stylish electric vehicles and abstemious buildings outfitted with smart appliances that can run the dishwasher […]

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The New York Times, by Amy Cortese, June 13, 2009 While the credit crisis has halted many housing developments — notably subdivisions and stand-alone condominium buildings — some projects that are going forward are linked to broader revitalization or transit-related efforts. This profile of Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, can be seen as a […]

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Congress for The New Urbanism #17 A panel discussion with Carol Coletta, Anthony Flint and Robin Rather. Moderator: Stephen Filmanowicz, June 10-14, 2009 What’s needed is a World’s Fair to show off New Urbanism the way the 1939 World’s Fair in New York showed off Raymond Loewy’s “Automobile of the Future.” People didn’t know quite […]

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The Atlantic, by Bonnie Tsui, July/August 2009 When made aware of the social norm, subjects tended to adhere to it…. It’s a primitive instinct, much like the impulse that drives insects to swarm or birds to flock; people take in information and respond, without being aware of why they act the way they do. “On […]

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Reuters UK By Michael Szabo, June 3, 2009 Some 68 percent of ‘green’ workers polled in the first ever Carbon Salary Survey said a heightened response in the past few years from government and business to the threat of climate change has increased their sense of job security. Read more about this survey by Reuters […]

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Forum on KQED Michael Krasny talks with guests Carl Anthony, Jeremy Madsen, Ken Kirkey and Will Fleissig Broadcast June 8, 2009 A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and developers is announcing its Grow Smart Bay Area initiative this week. We look at expected population growth in the Bay Area, and at how planners hope to […]

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Sound Advice Joan Capelin interviews Friedl Bohm, June 9, 2009 Perspective and advice on why it’s important to deliver high-quality service, especially now; how to manage your time efficiently; how it’s easier to be responsive to clients today, compared to 10 years ago; and how to be cash-rich. Here, Friedl Bohm (former chairman of NBBJ)offers […]

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