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US new-home sales fell in July, yet still ahead of last year


Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline followed strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year’s. The Commerce Department ...

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Next generation of pod home design arrives in Portland (access required)

Students with Portland State University's Center for Public Interest Design build an exhibit showcasing the POD Initiative at the Portland Art Museum. Photo courtesy of PSU School of Architecture

When it comes to local efforts to create the next generation of housing for the homeless, computer-aided saws and plywood will be as instrumental as hammers and nails. “We thought there was some technology that could lead to some really ...

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As Trump strikes down Obama-era rules, builders look for certainty (access required)


With eight months in office now under his belt, President Donald Trump has had the chance to turn talk into walk, signing a number of orders and establishing budget priorities that roll back regulations on business. It’s not surprising many ...

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Keeping cool by design (access required)

Portland, Ore.'s 220,000 street trees and 1.2 million park trees play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of heat in the city. Photo by Sam Tenney of the DJC

When temperatures soar, city dwellers feel the impact more than anyone else. The heat island effect can cause a city core to become as much as 20 degrees hotter than rural areas. “More and more, it’s definitely an issue,” said ...

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A struggle to avoid culture shock (access required)

Joy Alise Davis of Design+Culture Lab leads a workshop for a Portland Bureau of Transportation community grant program last month. Davis is the CEO and a founding partner of the firm, which works with designers and builders to conduct outreach to minority communities. (Sam Tenney/DJC)

Designing buildings that will change a community for decades to come is never an easy endeavor. Doing so when without speaking many residents’ languages or knowing their cultures can be exponentially tougher. “Fundamentally, in any community, if you ask them ...

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Boise State plans a School of Public Service building at University/Capitol Boulevard (access required)

Boise State's proposed School of Public Service building would be built where the Intermountain Bird Observatory office used to be. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Large-scale building will continue unabated at Boise State University with an Aug. 16 announcement that planning has started for a four-story School of Public Service building. The 50,000- to 70,000-square-foot structure will be located on University Drive across from the ...

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