Friday Five: March 18, 2011


This is an exciting week for the Friday Five. First, it is only the second week and I am just barely going to actually get this in on Friday (it is 11:30 now). Second, 3 of the 5 links have a colon in their title, and if that isn’t exciting, than I am confused about the definition of exciting. Check them out . . .

AIA Announces the Best Housing of 2011

This one is pure self promotion. We won a national AIA award and we are proud of it. Well, technically ISA won the award, but that doesn’t make us any less proud. This link leads to a pretty slideshow of all the honorees.

Home of 2015: Small, Green and Casual
via Jetson Green

I like this for a variety of reasons. On a basic, straightforward, “I like this post” sense, it is outlining a trend toward smaller greener homes. It also mentions something about those homes being casual, but I’m having trouble picturing what that might mean . . . no tuxedos in the formal dining room? In another sense I like this post because it is funny in a “this is depressing so I better laugh so I don’t cry” kind of way. An average of 2,200 SF is smaller . . . (giggle giggle sob).

MBA: Bus Rapid Transit
via Street Films

I’m not sure if I agree with everything this video says, but I’m very glad they are saying it. At the least, I like that they envision a possible move away from the automobile. I think that buses are probably a piece of that move, but we are going to need a larger strategy to counter America’s car epidemic.

Philadelphia Population Reverses 50 Year Decline – How Are the Arts Involved?

Okay, so it hurt me to type that URL (literally . . .  I’m cramping), but this is a nice overview of Philadelphia’s shift in momentum from a shrinking city to a growing one. It has a little “arts” bent, but I like art, so you’ll just have to deal with it.

Plastic: Too Good to Throw Away

Hopefully, you haven’t read too much NY Times this week or you might find this link hard to follow (there’s a pay wall now). I like this post because it is gray. It is nuanced. It is the opposite of most of our current dialogue. I also like it because the author has an upcoming book entitled Plastic: A Toxic Love Story.

That’s it for this week. If you like anything that you saw or just feel like being ornery, have at it in the comments.

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