Category Archives for "Architecture"

Sep 19

Where buildings meet grade

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

Where buildings in North America meet grade, we tend to throw away its value. How’s that? Every time you open a building at grade to the outside, every time, you add both functionality and value. It’s easier to access apartments, condos, retirement residence suites/rooms, stores, offices co-working spaces, makerspaces, you name it and it makes […]

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Sep 19

You can’t drink all day

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

“You can’t drink all day, unless you start in the morning,” one middle-aged female fan of the Buffalo Bills told me at their home-opener on Sunday September 16th, 2018. It was 0930 at the time, proving her point. That the Bills are important to Buffalo seems self-evident to me. But after tailgating with over 100,000 […]

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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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