Build My Future – A Hands-On Career Expo

Posted by on Mar 9, 2020 in Social Buzz | No Comments

The best way to learn about something is to try your hand at it. In terms of career exploration, Build My Future offers exactly that. Build My Future is a national workforce development initiative to highlight careers through hands-on training provided by local employers, educators and skilled trades associations. Each April, seventh and eighth grade ...

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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Posted by on Feb 21, 2020 in Social Buzz | No Comments

Check out this interesting Design Related podcast titled 99% Invisible! https://99percentinvisible.org/ 99% Invisible is a podcast hosted by Roman Mars, and it explores “the unnoticed architecture and designs that shape our world.” I discovered the podcast while attending the American Institute of Architects Women’s Leadership Summit in September of 2019. This conference was a three-day ...

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Trends in Creative Placemaking on Problem Properties (2019) & The Iowa Living Roadways Community Visioning Program

Posted by on Oct 25, 2019 in Social Buzz | No Comments

Revitalizing communities and neighborhoods often start with small efforts that lead to greater and broader initiatives. This approach is important because it is practical and effective by proposing a small initial project that is easy to execute to demonstrate a success to neighbors and community members. This small success also serves as a visible seed ...

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Sarah’s Favorite Things – Online

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Social Buzz | No Comments

This blog post is inspired by Oprah – here are a few of my favorite things to waste entirely too much time online. Art Fido for interesting videos – https://www.artfido.com/ I am constantly looking at personal growth and what are my next big goals in life. Those soul searches have led me to Ruth Soukup ...

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ABANDONED – A Viceland Show

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Social Buzz | No Comments

For those of you who may not have a particular type of streaming, cable or satellite service, a few years ago History 2 was taken over by the VICELAND channel. It is the brainchild of famous director Spike Jonze, whose repertoire includes acclaimed films such as Being John Malkovich, Her, and the famed… Jackass franchise ...

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PTSD in Fire Departments and how Architectural Design can Help Prevent and Mitigate the Effects

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Social Buzz | No Comments

Firefighters have a unique set of job requirements, it is impossible to spend a lifetime in the profession without experiencing some level of trauma. Current estimates suggest that 7%-37% of firefighters meet criteria for a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Matthew Tull, 2018). The risk of firefighters developing PTSD is higher than the general population ...

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The Benefits of Bringing the Outdoors In

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Social Buzz | No Comments

Admiring leafy plants and blooming flowers is a simple pleasure that can be universally enjoyed by everyone. Color, shape, pattern, and texture can all be reflected in the natural state of the foliage around us. Designers have the advantage of utilizing these primitive qualities in their interior spaces to give end users a sense of ...

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Art and Industry as Civic Engagement

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Social Buzz | No Comments

Join us for the 6th Biennial Symposium of the Grant Wood Art Colony on September 29th at the University of Iowa, Art Building West, in Iowa City where Michael LeClere, of MGA, will be presenting and participating in a panel discussion on this subject. This year’s symposium theme is: Art in Public. This post is ...

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Virtual Reality in Architecture

Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Social Buzz | No Comments

A picture is worth a thousand words, and people tend to love pretty pictures.  This sentiment certainly applies to today’s architecture, construction, and engineering industries.  There is no single correct method or medium to produce compelling images of all varieties for use in these fields, but the emergence of accessible, user-friendly digital media affords architects ...

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