Category Archives for "Architecture"

Sep 11

Next time transit authorities say they can’t run light rail down a main street

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

Send them to Porto, an industrial city of 1.8 million in northern Portugal to see how it works (well): More images of Porto… Note how they reach amazing densities and create animated, walkable communities with a careful integration of woonerf (living) streets): Bruce M Firestone, B Eng (civil), M Eng-Sci, PhD Real Estate Investment and […]

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Aug 28

Agritainment: Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing

Fifteen minutes outside of Olhão, Portugal, you will find a 30-hectare olive oil plantation that combines sustainable farming practices with agritainment. Most mornings around 10 or 10:30 am, a Monterosa (favorably reviewed on TripAdvisor–62 reviews, five stars) staffer will take a group of around 30 (made up of locals on holiday and tourists) around the […]

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Aug 13

Gaining perspective and becoming more creative

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Investing , Real Estate , Urban Economics

I actually don’t like going away but, when I do, I find that things which were complicated suddenly aren’t. Here’s what I do to gain perspective: -exercise 4-6 times per week (20 minutes after I finish, problems miraculously “solve themselves”) -“move the furniture,” which means getting up from your desk and walking around—for example, when […]

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