Knowledge Center

  • Integrating Accessible Access into a more Universal Environment

    Jerry MoarLike many who read the story and saw the second grade class photo at Herbert Spencer Elementary in New Westminster, B.C, I was heartbroken by the separation of 7-year old Miles Ambridge (far right) from the rest of his classmates.

    With a huge grin on his face, Miles, diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, is leaning as far as he can just to feel like a part of the group. And though the photographer did not  deliberately separate Miles from his classmates, there’s no doubt that with a little more consideration and a little more understanding, the photographer and teacher could have avoided the hurtful mistake altogether. read more

  • NEPA Considerations: Environmental Justice and Just Sustainability

    If you’ve ever worked on a project with a federal nexus (federal funding, crossing federal lands or expected impacts to air or water regulated by federal law), chances are you’ve addressed Environmental Justice (EJ) through the standard approach. You likely began by asking yourself a number of important questions.

    Would the project adversely impact the environmental or human health conditions of minority or low-income communities? read more

  • Logan Simpson Design Environmental Planning: The Wildfire Threat

    Richard RemingtonWith every passing year, wildfires are becoming more common and more dangerous. From California to Colorado, environmental planning consultant firms such as Logan Simpson Design, are playing an increasingly important role in working to prevent the environmental desolation caused by wildfires.

    From wildlife destruction to forest devastation, the environmental impact brought about by wildfires is staggering. On July 23 , according to the National Interagency Fire Center 23 large fires were burning in over nine states, wildfires were clearly nothing less than a national threat. read more

  • Arizona – Landscape Architecture Firm: Logan Simpson Design and Paolo Soleri

    “If you had told me fifty years ago that I would build my activities from the proceeds of wind bells, I would have said you were crazy.”

    -Paolo Soleri

    Rod Stanger, RLAAs I sat in a concrete, fortified studio bunker across the table from Paolo Soleri, I marveled at the 93-year-old’s continual passion, spit, wit and enthusiasm. Soleri, well known to many Arizona environmental consultants, architects, and landscape architects, is the founder of Arcosanti, a beautiful urban studio located 60 miles north of Phoenix in the high desert  where students come from far and wide to learn his timeless philosophy of “leanness and elegant frugality.”

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