Category Archives for "Architecture"

Feb 17

Who knew that Detroit could teach other towns how to reanimate themselves?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

While watching Hockey Day in America, I was struck by how the city of Detroit had integrated its outdoor ice-skating rink into the very fabric of its downtown. Most of these things are done badly; in fact, it’s surprisingly hard to create vibrant street life. Most cities and towns fail at it. Loneliness soars as […]

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Feb 08

Elderly Couple Get an Income Boost

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

As folks get older, they tend to earn less even before they officially retire. Many people will recall the “Freedom 55” slogan from an old advertising campaign. I tell young people I coach, “Don’t pay any attention to the idea of retiring any time soon… if ever.” Why? For two main reasons: I believe human […]

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Nov 20

The Pit

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Investing , Real Estate , Urban Economics

The Pit If you want your building interiors to be highly animated and increase collisionable hours, you could do (a lot) worse than copy the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism’s “pit” on the main floor of their building on Carleton University’s campus… What’s it used for? -speeches -parties -presentations -charettes -teaching -gatherings -random meetings/collisions -concerts […]

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Nov 20

Parking Nazis

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Years ago when I was teaching at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (a 14-year sentence), I was on campus walking to my office one beautiful early-fall day when I saw dozens of vans parked along a main road. From these behemoths, hundreds of excited freshmen and their parents scurried across the road […]

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