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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.”
| March 11, 2011
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.
| January 21, 2011
For richer, for poorer
Laura Coroi saw my “Immigrant Kitchens” poster at the YMCA and introduced herself.
Romanian polenta with sheep’s milk feta
| 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
Letters to the Portland Editor
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
| June 12, 2009
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.
| August 20, 2008
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
| July 01, 2008
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
| June 24, 2008
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.
| May 21, 2008
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
| April 09, 2008
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?
| February 27, 2008
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
| 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
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 05, 2007
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.
| August 08, 2007
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
MARISA ANGELL BROWN
| June 20, 2007
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
| November 10, 2006
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
| August 22, 2006
Mitchell Rasor is changing the way your city looks.
Mitchell Rasor on Percy Cycles, the Eastern Waterfront, and the contemporary city
| August 09, 2006
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
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| July 27, 2006
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
| July 25, 2006
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?
| July 19, 2006
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
| June 02, 2006
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