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Film: The Man From Earth

By CourageousFutures | December 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

This 2007 film by director Richard Schenkman is based on a story by the late Jerome Bixby, the author of many excellent science fiction stories (as well as some Star Trek classics). I highly recommend this movie as one that “makes you think.” On the surface, the film is a fascinating exploration of how people…

Windmills: Beauties or Beasts?

By CourageousFutures | December 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

There is a raging debate regarding large windmills; are they a blight on the landscape or a benign benefit that provides clean energy? It may simply be a case of “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” On a recent evening ride from the Toronto airport into downtown, I passed a large wind farm…

An Energy Desert in a Sea of Oil

By CourageousFutures | December 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

In the center of a country that is awash with oil – and oil money – virtually all of Nigeria is in the grip of a perpetual power shortage.  Recent statistics indicate that the nation’s energy generation capacity is at most 25 percent of the current demand.  Although that is a horrible situation, the actual…

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My writing and photographs have been published and exhibited in both the USA as well as Japan (where I lived for 12 years). I wrote the waterfront construction chapter of the primary textbook on infrastructure, edited the Urban Design Review newsletter, and have contributed to a number of magazines on travel and design.

I was a professor of architecture and urban design in the graduate programs at Pratt Institute for 17 years. I also taught the regulation of real estate at New York University’s graduate Real Estate Institute for a six year period, with an emphasis on environmental regulations.

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