Category Archives for "Architecture"

Sep 20

Perfect Machine

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

Engineers say a perfect machine is one with no moving parts. I’d add to that: Complexity is the enemy of success in all endeavors. How could we apply those twin concepts to business modeling? Here’s how: By answering the question–can we reduce the complexity of operating an organization, any business even charity, not-for-profit or foundation, […]

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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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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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Jun 11

When is a good time to ask for a raise?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Life Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

[Here is Bruce Firestone’s contribution to a new book called, Stories about Teaching at Carleton University, 2018]   When one of the courses (Design Economics) I taught at the School of Architecture (now the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism) was reviewed by their accreditation committee, I got a call from the director’s executive assistant […]

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