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Greening the knowledge district

Christopher Bull is on the engineering faculty at Brown University, but what he teaches is a vision. “We all bear some responsibility in the direction the world goes,” he says, “and we need to accept that responsibility and act on it.”
Bull Session
By MARION DAVIS  |  March 11, 2011
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At RISD: Art, science, and what's wrong with ATMs

Among the most prominent solutions offered up for our present economic malaise and the broader decline of the republic: a robust investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
Confabs
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011
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For richer, for poorer

Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 09, 2010

Letters to the Editor: August 28, 2009

The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece " What's Wrong With Wind Power " (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21) really misses a major point — global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption all forms of
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 28, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 12, 2009
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Portland City Council highlights water needs

City councilor Dave Marshall will speak at this Wednesday’s farmers’ market in Monument Square about the importance of creating a national water trust fund.
Water ways
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 20, 2008


Energetic Engineering

This article originally appeared in the June 27, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The man behind a far-out idea for providing solar power
By MICHAEL MATZA  |  July 01, 2008
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Master builders

A good architectural monograph is more than just a big colorful book with too-good-to-be-true photos; it’s a window into the heart and mind of the architect it profiles.
Books on, and by, architects
By DAVID EISEN  |  June 24, 2008
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Rage against the machines!

We’re on the cusp of a perilous era. Our pitiful carbon bodies are evolving much slower than the silicon and steel gizmos we’re inventing. And the guys in the lab coats and pocket protectors are starting to worry we’ve opened Pandora’s hard drive.
Could robots take over the world? In many ways, they already have.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 21, 2008
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A stormwater popsicle

You’ve probably seen the Bayside Glacier: it’s that pile of dirty snow and ice that rises each winter to rival the redeveloping neighborhood’s new office buildings in bulk and height.
What the Bayside Glacier can teach us about Portland’s sewage problem
By CHRISTIAN McNEIL  |  April 09, 2008
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Earthquake!

Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008


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Old ideas for a new year

During the past 18 months, the good news out of City Hall has come in the form of fresh faces.
Plus, a dirty job for Deval: fix the Big Dig
By EDITORIAL  |  January 16, 2008

Blueprint for disaster

It figures that Attorney General Martha Coakley would scapegoat an epoxy manufacturer for the Big Dig disaster.
Letters to the Boston editor: September 7, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 05, 2007
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It can happen here

The American Society of Civil Engineers almost three years ago issued a catalogue of pressing needs related to Massachusetts infrastructure.
The Minneapolis bridge collapse should be a wake-up call. Plus, a Congressional disgrace.
By EDITORIAL  |  August 08, 2007
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It’s not easy being green

Seth Handy does not have a long pony tail that snakes down the back of his rumpled hemp shirt, nor does he wear Birkenstocks to work.
Sustainable design is rising in popularity, but Rhode Island remains slow on the uptake
By MARISA ANGELL BROWN  |  June 20, 2007
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Whatever happened to Memogate?

If the Big Dig tunnel collapse that killed Milena Del Valle is the biggest Boston news story of 2006, the media story of the year is the Globe reporting — incorrectly — that a safety officer at the site all but predicted Del Valle’s death back in 1999.
Waiting for the Globe ’s mea culpa
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 10, 2006


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Dam shame

In a few weeks, the country will remember one of the greatest disasters in its history.
Spike Lee won’t let New Orleans go away
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2006
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Design time

Mitchell Rasor is changing the way your city looks.
Mitchell Rasor on Percy Cycles, the Eastern Waterfront, and the contemporary city
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 09, 2006
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A Handy Guide to the Big Dig Screw-Up

As people try to sort out responsibility for the fiasco that led to the death of Milena Del Valle in the I-90 connector tunnel, you might have a hard time keeping the players straight.
Who was watching out for the integrity of the work on the Big Dig? Everyone and no one    
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2006
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Spectacular failures

Engineers have taken us out of the caves and up to the skies, linked us with far away shores, and connected us to distant lands. And along the way they’ve also made some pretty huge mistakes.
An MIT instructor on the Big Dig disaster
By ANA RIVAS  |  July 25, 2006
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Digging for attention

A great big plant. That was the main image on the front cover of the Boston Globe on Tuesday, July 11 when the electronic media was buzzing about the death of 38-year-old Milena Del Valle inside one of the Big Dig tunnels.
After the Big Dig tunnel tragedy, the Herald and the Globe put on a full-court press. Who came out on top?
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 19, 2006


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Wet, hot American summer

On June 2, 2106, it’s hot.
What Boston will be like in 2106 if we do nothing to stop global warming
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 02, 2006