ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

When homelessness is a concern, the home-less aspect is often (and unfortunately) only the tip of the iceberg. Those who find themselves battling homelessness can often come from heavy, challenging backgrounds that expose them to things such as abuse, addiction, violence, and more. Finding both the mental strength and physical resources to bounce back from homelessness is no small feat – which is why having effective programs in place cannot be overlooked. ARCHITECTURE FOR GOOD: BATTLING HOMELESSNESS

MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES COMING SOON

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A rendering of proposed 100-unit affordable housing project on 50th street NE.

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that most DC families with children must spend at least $80,000 per year to have an “adequate but modest” life in the DC metro area, which makes it extremely difficult for households with less than $40,000 to make a living in The District. In the maps below, you will find that most of the DC neighborhoods east of the Anacostia river file as “low-income” on their taxes. MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR DC FAMILIES COMING SOON

IS THERE A SECOND ACT FOR DC’S DYING MALLS?

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If you’ve been to a shopping mall in the past year or two, it should come as no surprise to you that they’re closing at a rapid and accelerating pace.  (The last time I went to a mall, old people with hand weights and fanny packs, speed-walking for exercise, outnumbered actual shoppers by a ratio of about 2-to-1.)  Of the approximately 1200 malls in the U.S., experts estimate that a third of them are dying – and now that the Retail Meltdown of 2017 is underway, that percentage is likely to rise.  As of 2012, there were 31 malls in the DC area, of which almost half were dead or dying. IS THERE A SECOND ACT FOR DC’S DYING MALLS?

NOMA’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES A MASSIVE HOTEL, RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL SPACE, ART PARKS & MORE!

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DC, we finally get to see what is on the horizon for the vacant parcel of land at 1005 First Street NE, or better known as “Storey Park”. Almost five years ago, the old Greyhound Bus Terminal with its 70s era charm in was demolished and relocated to a newer location just a few blocks away from Union Station. This relocation left a huge hole in the heart of one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods; though, in a city that is constantly changing, not much time had to pass before the city’s patrons would find a way to utilize this space. NOMA’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES A MASSIVE HOTEL, RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL SPACE, ART PARKS & MORE!

WILL THESE LOFTS MAKE YOU LIVE FOREVER? THE DESIGNER SAYS YES

g10-850x506When I was a kid, I read about the Count Saint-Germain in one of my uncle’s Time/Life “Paranormal Phenomena” books that, in retrospect, he only kept around to roll joints on.  The Count had supposedly been born in the time of Christ, and was still around in the 1700s, rubbing elbows with Voltaire and Casanova, and looking no older than 45.  His secret?  A diet of nothing but oatmeal.  WILL THESE LOFTS MAKE YOU LIVE FOREVER? THE DESIGNER SAYS YES

SCIENTISTS AGREE THE SUBURBS MAKE YOU MISERABLE – BUT DISAGREE ON WHY

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At long last, science has confirmed what everyone from Tim Burton to Arcade Fire have been saying for years: living in the suburbs will make you unhappy – and maybe kill you.

According to the recent report from the County Health Rankings, in just one decade the suburbs went from the having the lowest rate of drug overdoses to the highest.  In suburbia, overdoses are now the top cause of early deaths among adults under 44, a striking turnaround considering that just a decade or two ago, politicians were busy framing inner cities as hopeless sinkholes of crime. SCIENTISTS AGREE THE SUBURBS MAKE YOU MISERABLE – BUT DISAGREE ON WHY

ULTA CHAATA: THE INVERTED UMBRELLA HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGY AND DRINKABLE WATER

Sunshine is a powerful and popular renewable source of energy and potable water is a universal need. A wife and husband duo in India are harvesting both of these with one unique device called “Ulta Chaata,” which means “inverted umbrella,” in Hindi. As you can see below, this is an apt name for the attractive canopies that open to the sky like blossoms. ULTA CHAATA: THE INVERTED UMBRELLA HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGY AND DRINKABLE WATER