Carrboro Makers: A 3D creative model site plan

For my Green Architecture and Sustainable Design class this semester, we produced a 3D model of a sustainable community development design proposal for a site in Carrboro. The site my team worked on included Fitch Lumber, bordered by the corner of N. Greensboro St. and W. Weaver st., and the corner of Oak Ave and …

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Looking Toward Utopia

The sun’s tingling radiation penetrated my cheeks and warmly nudged me from a hypnotic lull. As my bed rocked me back and forth in a steady, calming rhythm, I peeked through groggy lashes and fixated on my reflection in the glass wall. Refocusing, the vast, sparkling oceanic horizon materialized beyond the glass, and I watched …

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Solar Spring Break Part 2: Installation

(see Solar Spring Break San Diego Part 1: Arriving in Cali, here). Once again, I cautiously slipped out of my creaky air mattress and tiptoed into the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee. Californian sun rays poured in through the large bay window while the coffee maker began to gurgle with completion. The warm, …

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Solar Spring Break Part 1: Arrival in Cali

As we dropped our luggage on the wooden floors, an illuminating echo filled the reservation ranch house, rousing it from its rainy Sunday eve slumber. In the span of a few days, our group of eight had trickled into California all the way from North Carolina's Research Triangle. For the next week, we would make …

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Summer in Copenhagen Part 5: Blockchain Workshop at CBS

"The Fintech Lab often threw events, inviting outside companies and representatives to come in and participate. Among the ambiance was the crack of beer cans opening, both at events and around 3 p.m. on Fridays for Friday bar. We even enjoyed Blockchain and Copenhagen Fintech Lab branded beers – a bottle of which I’ve smuggled home with …

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Summer in Copenhagen, Part 4: Fintech Lab (a co-working space)!

"...I had started working at BLOC, located in the Copenhagen Fintech Lab. The Fintech Lab is a co-working space for startups, situated in Christianhavn. There I met CEO and co-founder of BLOC, Deanna MacDonald — an inspiring woman and entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, social justice and technology. She is a Canadian living in …

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To San Diego! Volunteering to provide low-income tribal homes with solar access

In a little less than 3 weeks, I will be in San Diego installing solar panels on low-income homes, to help families in the San Pasqual tribe access affordable alternative energy. The reservation is in northeastern San Diego County, California, near Valley Center. I will be staying on the reservation with a  few other UNC …

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Tactical Urbanism (Lesson Plan)

Prepared for UNC-Chapel Hill Seminar on Sustainable Cities (Featured photo via Creative Commons) What is tactical urbanism? Tactical urbanism describes small scale interventions in the built-environment, with the purpose of improving the people & space relationship. These projects are often low-cost, implemented by localized communities, nonprofits, ngos etc, and serve as both experimental test sites …

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Community Power: Samsø Island’s Transformation from Crisis, to Experiment, to Model of Sustainability

At the center of human endeavor is a need to connect. Relationships of necessity form societies to ensure survival, providing security against natural forces and the fulfillment of social drivers. Alongside the acceleration of technologies spurred by the industrial revolution, a global community has emerged, where the exchange of goods, energy and ideas continue to …

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Summer in Copenhagen, Part 3: Housing & Internship

"The city of Copenhagen is a walkable, bike-friendly haven offering a network of pedestrian streets and wide, devoted bicycle lanes.  In the pedestrian only sections of town, people dine in the streets as performers play the violin or sometimes the accordion nearby. The city is equipped with excellent public transportation via buses, metros and trains. …

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