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Plant a Tree

Sunday, November 15th, 2009
I recall reading that people's impressions of neighborhoods are significantly impacted by their landscaping. Typically, those neighborhoods with mature and varied landscaping left a better impression on the viewers. In other words, the architecture was not the determining factor making a residential neighborhood look good. I do not remember the ...
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Healthy Buildings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
As an architectural student, I wanted to believe that people would benefit directly from good design. Recent studies seem to support this thesis. For example, a study confirms that allowing daylight into interior spaces is good for the inhabitants. "People have a natural attraction and need for daylight. Studies have shown ...
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From Autos to Students

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Last night, the five members of the City of Monterey Planning Commission unanimously voted to grant a "use permit" to Calvary Christian High School to operate a private high school at a former auto dealership. TJC designed the dealership at 601 E. Franklin Street in 2004; he has assisted Tim ...
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Home of the Gherkin

Monday, July 20th, 2009
Touring a city is my ideal vacation, and London is among my favorite destinations. It is a quirky, fascinating, congested metropolis that mixes modern skyscrapers with ancient cathedrals. What could be better? Anticipating a visit to the capital of the United Kingdom, a friend asked me about my favorites spots, ...
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New Life for a New Building

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_633" align="alignnone" width="213" caption="New Life"][/caption] Buildings have life cycles. A structure may be designed for the original client, but altered to fit the needs of subsequent occupants. For 601 E. Franklin St. in Monterey, TJC designed a unique building to merge a car dealership's prototype with the city's regulations. The dealership ...

Futuristic Cities

Monday, May 25th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_613" align="alignnone" width="217" caption="Future City by Frank R. Paul"][/caption] I have long been fascinated with illustrations depicting cities of the future. This older graphic (Future City by Frank R. Paul) is one of my favorites because of its bold forms and colors. These utopian depictions of the future in print ...
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Poles with a story

Monday, April 20th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_569" align="alignnone" width="248" caption="Story Poles"][/caption] No doubt, you have noticed orange plastic netting strung between poles while driving through the countryside. These “story poles” or “ridge poles” depict the actual size and location of proposed buildings. The brightly colored netting simulates the shape of the roof. These full-scale mock-ups are ...
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Amusing Quotations

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_560" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Winston Churchill"][/caption] America is where a young man (or woman) can start at the bottom and works his (her) way into a hole. -Wall Street Journal The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal ...
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Our Process: Untying Red Tape

Monday, April 6th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_547" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Lost in Red Tape"][/caption] When you think of starting a construction project, you are probably thinking about the arrangement of interior spaces in the finished building. You are dreaming about a more efficient layout or updated décor. You are not expecting to be filling out applications ...

Well Designed Landscapes

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
[caption id="attachment_511" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Landscaping by Floravista"][/caption] Coordinating a building project is like fitting together pieces of a complicated puzzle. One piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked is landscape design. For several years, we have turned to Dinah Irino to advise us. She started her own landscape design business, ...
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