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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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A green renewal (access required)

Despite an expected decrease in federal subsidies for green building features like solar power, representatives of several local firms say they will continue to continue making energy efficiency a priority. Photo courtesy of Neil Kelly

President Donald Trump, who said we can “leave” the environment during his presidency so long as we don’t hurt business, appears to have provided an unexpected shot in the arm to the Portland, Ore. green building community. Word that incentive ...

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Verraso Downtown adds luxury short-term rentals to the downtown Boise mix (access required)

Verraso Downtown will add splashes of oyster white, coffee and two fluorescent yellow balconies to the corner of 15th and Front streets. Image courtesy of Chad Olsen.

Developer Chad Olsen was tired of building multi-million-dollar homes with Tuscan designs. So he switched gears, and now he’s working on an eight-unit, short-term vacation/transitional apartment building in the shadow of The Connector and within eyeshot of downtown Boise’s Rhodes ...

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