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Edition 010

Downtown Cleveland Is Turning a Traffic Hub Into a Public Park
To hear Clevelanders talk, Public Square is a place you pass through to reach somewhere else. When Moses Cleaveland laid out the town in 1796, he imagined the open area at its center as a New England-style commons: a gathering space for settlers, a grazing area for livestock. But its natural position as a transit hub—first for stagecoaches and streetcars, later for buses and automobiles—steadily intruded on that civic purpose. Despite efforts by some residents to preserve it as a park, including a decade-long stretch in the 19th century when it was fenced off to horse-drawn wagons, roads and traffic triumphed over people and place.  Read More…

Zero Net Energy Center: San Leandro, CA
What does it take to transform a typical 1980s suburban office building into a modern net zero energy showcase? This project team proved that with an integrative design approach, a net zero retrofit doesn’t have to cost any more than a conventional retrofit. Electrical apprentices gain hands-on experience at the center before beginning their careers in the sustainable buildings industry.
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How Millennials Are Reviving Cleveland
In reporting an Atlantic piece on James Corner’s fantastic redesign of Cleveland’s Public Square, I was surprised by the strength of the city’s downtown revival. After a tailspin in the 1980s, Cleveland’s downtown population soared 32 percent from 1990 to 2000—the biggest rise of any Midwest city (including Chicago) and far above the regional average (7.7 percent), according to Brookings. The climb has continued at pace; last summer downtown reportedly reached an “all-time high” of 12,500, with an astonishing residential occupancy rate of 98 percent. Read more…

The Recipe For Collaboration And Community: Give, Give, Take
Have you ever made a friend on the internet who has turned into a ‘real’ friend in ‘real’ life? Or perhaps that initial connection has turned them into a client, or an employee or maybe even a lover! Perhaps you’ve never met them at all and yet you open your heart, mind and soul, as well as your business to them on a regular basis online, without anything so much as a single intention of ever making that relationship face to face. I know I have. Read More...

What do you need to shed to be a better leader?
When giant timber bamboo grows it sheds the outer layer. The shedding allows for growth. In order for you to grow into the leader you want to be, you must shed. For leadership growth you need to answer this question: What am I holding on to that might be holding me back from becoming the leader I can be?  Read more...

Crashing your schedule is not your only choice when facing delays!
When our projects begin to experience schedule delays, a very common reaction from our customers may be to ask the team to work longer hours or to leverage their influence to provide additional resources to work on critical path tasks such that the project can get back on track. Read more...

Scientists Discover Fundamental Property of Light – 150 Years After Maxwell
Light plays a vital role in our everyday lives and technologies based on light are all around us. So we might expect that our understanding of light is pretty settled. But scientists have just uncovered a new fundamental property of light that gives new insight into the 150-year-old classical theory of electromagnetism and which could lead to applications manipulating light at the nanoscale. Read more...

How the Device You Can't Live Without is Also Destroying Your Productivity
From open concept spaces to game rooms and coffee lounges, our workplaces are filled with distractions. But nothing is distracting us more than our smartphones. A 2014 study by Ricoh Americas Corp. found more than three quarters of employees are distracted by mobile phones, with 67% sending personal texts and 61% taking at least one personal call per week.   Read more...

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
By J.E. Gordon
For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.  Read the review in it’s entirety. 

Stuff of Genius |  Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in between, viewers will learn the stories of unsung inventor heroes and their trials, tribulations and successes.. Listen

Wit and Wisdom of an Engineer
Covering the environment, engineering, technology, and economics.  Link

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