Category Archives: Books

Why Are We Building Downtown?

Occasionally, we have friends and acquaintances ask us where we are building and we reply “downtown Eugene.” To which we usually get one of three responses: 1. “There is a vacant lot downtown?”, 2. “Why?”, 3. “Awesome”. In response to number 1, yes, there are a few vacant lots downtown (we purchased ours in 2009) and to number 3, thanks, […]

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Deep Green – Movie Review

“All I know is, I’m alive now and I can do something today, and I can’t in good conscience wait for somebody else to do it. I think the time is now; for me the time is absolutely now. It’s the only time anybody has”. Kathy Bash, Architect with DMS Architects in Portland, Oregon. Of all the people and quotes […]

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The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, by Jason McLennan is unique in “green” books about architecture and building design in that it really gets to the philosophy behind sustainable practices, and not just a list of “dos” or “don’ts.” I appreciate that. McLennan is teaching us to fish. With sixteen chapters and five appendices, the book is very complete. It is […]

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Gardening Eden

Gardening Eden, by Michael Abbaté is a book about creation care that, as the tag line says “will change your faith, your life, and our world.” I was first introduced to Mike’s book by my son-in-law, who had climbed Mt. Hood with him. He told me a friend of his had this book coming out that he thought I’d enjoy. […]

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