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Curitiba – environmental capital of Brazil

We believe in professional development….and world cup soccer, great food, awesome sights, innovative solutions to homelessness, poverty and pollution, The Museu Oscar Niemeyer (Brazil’s newest contemporary art museum)…so Jeff is traveling to Curitiba, Brazil, as a conference speaker on factors that contribute to good spa design for healing purposes, presenting a case study of a spa we designed, working with an architect and issues on sustainability.

Curitiba has a population of 1.5 million and has the highest density of urban green space in the world. This is not only because of its array of parks but also because since the 1980’s it has had progressive city governments that have been innovative in their urban planning.  The emphasis on protecting the environment has produced an efficient public transportation system and comprehensive recycling program that are being used as models for cities around the globe.

We’ve been told that if the Brazil soccer team is playing during his trip, the city will shut down.  It’s been tough getting a visa, due to the soccer games and closing of offices when Brazil plays but he has it now and will soon be off to Curitiba.

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Interested in reducing taxes and energy bills?

Install Energy Star – qualified insulation, windows, doors, roofing, heating and cooling systems, water heaters or fuel-efficient stoves in your primary residence.  You may be able to receive a federal tax credit for 30 percent of the cost, up to $1,500 for products put in service in 2009 and 2010.  However, ADDITIONAL tax credits are available through 2016 for 30% of the cost of qualified geothermal heat pumps, solar panels, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems and fuel cells installed on existing homes or new construction.  AND THERE’S NO CAP!  We successfully received a 30% tax credit for a geothermal heat pump system we installed for our home/office/studio.  We’d be glad to share our story.

Not all Energy Star products qualify for tax credits.  Go to energystar.gov/taxcredits to fine out.

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“The Hero of Hale County – Sam Mockbee”

To all the Sam Mockbee followers….an interview of Sam Mockbee by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean published in Architectural Record, 2001.

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD: What will you do with $500,000?

SAM MOCKBEE: It’ll allow me to take care of my family and get way out on the edge in my work and maybe do something that most people would think I was crazy to do, follow my instincts, let a project evolve, and concentrate on it.  More than likely it’ll be for the Rural Studio. Read more

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Little Rock Film Festival

The 4th Annual Little Rock Film Festival is June 2-6.  One of the films we don’t want to miss is Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio by Sam Wainwright Douglas – June 5 @ 12:30pm at Clinton School of Public Service.  www.littlerockfilmfestival.org

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Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas – 2010 Most Endangered Places

Each year, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas announces its list of Most Endangered Historic Places. This year, during Arkansas Heritage Month, it is the “Nine in Need”.  Jennifer served on the selection committee which evaluated the degree of the property’s local, state or national significance and the degree of threat to the property.  These selected properties raise awareness and are eligible for technical and/or financial assistance.  Check out the “Nine in Need”.

Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas – 2010 Most Endangered Places.

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Our House Renovation

Our House, Inc. family housing renovation is almost complete! Check out the video with music by local band, Ho-Hum.

Our House, Inc. provides the working homeless (families and individuals) with safe, clean, comfortable housing; food; free child care; education; and job training in order that they may return to independence and lead productive lives.

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Previous Publications

Arkansas Life
January 2012
In a New Light
Article on Wooten Residence


 

At Home in Arkansas
August 2009
The Modern-Minded Family
Article written about the Carlton residence design.

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At Home in Arkansas
September 2008
Family Ties
Article written about a family updating their kitchen.

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At Home in Arkansas
August 2005
The ABC’s of Design
Article describing the renovation of Baseline Elementary School.

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At Home in Arkansas
November 2010
All Together Now
Article written about Herron Horton Live/Work.

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Arkansas Green Guide
2009
Inside A Green Home
Article written about how a Heights Home proves sustainability can be simple.


 

Metropolitan Home
May 2008
Core Values
Article written about the Abraham kitchen.

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Arkansas Life
January 2012
In a New Light
Article on Wooten Residence


 

Arkansas Life
September 2010
Well-Laid Plan
Article written about the Cranford residence design.

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New Home
WINTER 2008
Cranford home
Article written about the Cranford residence design.


 

realLIVING
NOVEMBER 2006
From Farm to Charm
Article written about the McHenry’s renovation/additions.

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