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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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US home construction slumped in July

A home under construction in the Barber Valley in Boise. File photo.

Homebuilders pulled back sharply on construction of apartment complexes in July, causing housing starts to tumble to a three-month low. The Commerce Department said August 16 that housing starts fell 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate ...

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