Repurpose and Reuse

Repurpose and Reuse

My family and I recently moved and decided to jettison a lot of the belongings we had been hoarding for years. The hoarding was, consciously speaking, unintentional. However, we had also consciously avoided dealing with the excess items we owned. And once we addressed...
The Incredible Benefits of Rain Gardens

The Incredible Benefits of Rain Gardens

As its name suggests, a rain garden is a garden that is irrigated primarily, if not exclusively, with stormwater runoff; even in a drought and in areas where it does not rain that much. And this is because native, drought-resistant, and xeriscaping are utilized to...
Life without Cars

Life without Cars

In recent years, the San Francisco Planning Department has taken the stance to eliminate parking in many new housing development projects. In other words, many of the new multi-family residential buildings currently under design or construction in the City will not...
Living Walls as Retaining Walls

Living Walls as Retaining Walls

I saw a sticker about civil engineers a long time ago, which read: “Civil engineers always try to ‘pave’ the world. At the time, I was fresh out of college and understood what that barb meant. As civil engineers, we are trained in calculus, statics,...
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