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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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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Particles and State-of-Being: A Clarifying Response to Shaun Terry

    In approaching identity, I like the visualization of "approaching" identity in a way similar to evaluating the 'limit' as x approaches a value, where x is a representation of a "space-time" dependent reality, and where identity, as f(x), is a function of space-time. As observers, we are likely only able to estimate an expected identity …

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Infinity and Identity (First Draft)

Draft 2 here Let’s suppose that one means of approaching identity, considered here as an expression of place among existing possible places, is informed by a combination of elements: past and present experience, moment-to-moment decision-making, motives and deliberations, and the ways by which outcomes affect us, among other things. Perhaps this conception of identity can …

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Layers of Reality: Exploring the Mental Landscape via the Voices of Lincoln, Dickinson, Poole, and Melville

  For millennia, language has served humanity as a bridge from one great mind to another. The channel opened by such meaningful discourse surpasses the faculties of all other animals and grants endowment of the title, homo-sapiens-sapiens -- man who thinks about thinking. It is within this capacity that the human species operates, building a …

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Trail to Transcendence: The Journeys of the Pious Taylor and Industrious Equiano

 There is a human quality that seeks to examine the condition of the self within one’s constraints -- be those literal or perceived -- and hungers for inclusion in a higher society. For the African born former slave Olaudah Equiano, as described in his “Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavas Vassa, …

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Weeding the Contagious Garden: Hamlet and Othello

  In the budding humanistic climate of 16th Century Europe, men are sovereign and fortune is a strumpet. Against this backdrop, the immortal works of Shakespeare take form, commentating on tragic lessons grounded in the laws of nature and the supernatural. Of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet and Othello highlight the heart-wrenching story of a righteous man’s …

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  Breaking Through (I felt a Funeral, in my Brain)

The passage from one state of being to another is an intrinsic function catalyzing the cycle of life. Emily Dickinson successfully illustrates this movement between states of being in her poem, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain”, taking the concepts of death, life and being beyond the limits of physicality (955). A first person …

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