Rainbow Oaks Opens in San Diego

We were excited to learn that our restaurant project Rainbow Oaks passed final inspection and received health department approval last week. Opening is slated for early April.  Stay tuned here for photos! UPDATE: You can check out photos on Rainbow Oak’s project page. 

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Parking Meter Fee Increase Has a (Hopeful) Brightside

Quite a bit a fallout this week on the parking meter fee increase which has pushed most Chicago parking meters from $0.25 an hour to $1.00 and hour, the exception being West Loop meters at $2/hour and Loop meters at $3.50/hour. The backlash has resonated everywhere, from parking meter blogs to a round table discussion…

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Brick Veneer is Wasteful, The Gingerbread House of Architecture

After passing the third new construction, four-story, brick condo building on just one block this afternoon, I commented to my friend that we have to stop using brick veneers in Chicago. It partially made sense when we used it for structure to hold up the floor and roof above (or to an extreme example seventeen floors…

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Straw bale construction: There is no away

So, the name of the blog. Straw bale construction is nothing new and, no, they are not to be confused with hay. Straw is the dried stalk of a cereal plant after the grain has been removed, an agricultural by-product. They typically clutter the ubiquitous landscape of the rural world and are usually burned by…

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The food triangle: farmer, supplier and consumer

Another piece of the design world that needs better exploration is the food system. Outside influences have contributed to the dereliction of our food delivery system, probably best explained here and here.  However, how to fix that system is oft described as a repair of the metaphorical link between people and their food. My common…

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Welcome mat

Welcome to the moss Design blog, where we discuss sustainability for the masses, peel back the layers of the sustainable architect’s practice, and highlight our favorite concepts in design innovation, food, drink and the environment.

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