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Jeos Oreamuno
Denver, CO
AIA Associate; LEED Associate
Interests: Architecture, Urban Design, PoP Art; Public Art; bodies of water; Color Palettes
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Support local business, allow market economies to take their course, avoid social intervention. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
John, Great work this semester; keep it up! Happy Holidays. J~
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2011 on Discussion 12/7 at 2011 CBBG
American Architect: $26.29 Beware of communist propaganda such as ‘Just City’ theory as an attempt at reform. Note: a simple communist attempt at transparency “…Harvey was impressed by the much greater appeal of the Christians as compared to the academics, their greater joyfulness. Thus his new interest in utopias... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
McGilvray; I’m the least bit concern about some pine beetle bug or any natural occurring phenomenon; unless the bug was introduced by human settlement. What I’m talkin’ about is a war against the way nature ‘settles’ a system and how we ‘humans’ do a fine job at unbalancing that fragile balance. Natural systems balance themselves in an ecological warzone. Plants and animals fight for dominance and supremacy over the environment. Since humans have no “‘natural predator,” we pretty much win every time. Instead of just taking over green fields, cutting down a forest, or dredging our rivers we should be looking at solutions that create sustainable responses to human settlement. No just develop like there’s no tomorrow…
Phillip, The careful consideration of ecological resources and human adaptability is something I find extremely interesting and necessary in tomorrow’s planned environment. In the military there’s a say: Adapt and Overcome. It means exactly what it reads, overcoming: nature, idleness, the enemy. This philosophy works on a temporary basis in a warzone, but to challenge nature through planned communities on itself is a war versus nature. A war we are doomed to fail. Policy is our only tool, in a free market society, to combat irresponsible development.
The Miami canal restoration project is a ‘narrative’ that’s been on the news and classrooms for the last 20 years. The goal was simple; educate the public on the potential outcomes from current policy and demand action to vindicate Florida’s natural resources. The Everglades were in the process of going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Can’t say I’m a natural public speaker. I did enjoy a few talented orators: John Gerbich, Jonathan Cappelli, & Max Gibson. John G. worked as an English as a 2nd language teacher in Korea a few years back, Max G. currently works closely with patients at Denver Health & Hospital... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
It's almost over...
I can understand, I think, how difficult it must be for WASP's to reflect on the class struggle... The United States has done a good job in implementing exclusionary zoning in order to push the 'blight' of society to the side of town. If we just give them money they find success and happiness...
Kendall, Why is it that it usually takes a disaster for a city/state/nation to wake up and consider prevention measures…? Tactical/biological exercises are frequently practiced here in the US by military and the medical staff. It’s time City Officials start taking the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) seriously and establish bi-annual (Spring-Fall) City-Regional-State wide response exercises as part of the fiscal budget.
"Catastrophic disaster is about obtaining and spending large sums of money in a short period of time, as well as planning and managing processes to rebuild homes, livelihoods, and the economy as efficiently, equitably, and sustainably as possible." Rob Olshansky Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Machhendra, Cities will always seem tougher to outsiders and yes visitors will always be the first victims. But besides this terrible cycle I agree with you. Cities can only return stronger and safer after an accident. “In the aftermath of every disaster lies the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and built a better city.” Let us not take the Federal Government off the hook just yet… The Department of Defense must look in the mirror and reprioritize their budget. New war machines and weapons research will not protect citizens from natural disasters, and while we can’t predict when such ‘attacks’ will occur, we can definitely prepare and mitigate damages by planning tactics and education.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2011 on Baptism of New Orleans? at 2011 A+ Number One Team
It is perfectly human for victims of a natural disaster to resort to a rebuilding mode as a way of coping with the loss of life/property. Edward Linenthal believes “the resilience of cities has depended on a progressive-oriented dominant narrative, one that views the devastation and rebuilding of cities as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Ms. Wickesberg, Having served our community as a police officer for the past 11 years I’ve seen crime rate fluctuate throughout the years. It’s hard to pin-point the problematic factors that initiate crime on a given location. One thing is clear current, zoning must be revised. Attached is a map... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
Mr. Lee, I’m terribly sorry to hear you predicament. As a black police officer and a member of our community I can guarantee you it’s not a racial issue. Yours is one of two convenient stores found inside our troubled community. I can understand, seeing as how the other store is owned by a black family, you might feel exploited, but the fact of the matter is both stores have a high number of police related incidents. The city’s budget keeps getting cut; we’re currently understaffed in all public arenas from school teachers, firemen, even police officers. Tax revenues are low and the recession caused state and federal help to drop significantly. We need to fix the problem from within and it starts with more meaningful architecture. Not just by design, but more inherently by function. Our current Community Center is run down and too small for our current population. Building an activities center can help lure young adults to a healthy environment. One other ‘radical’ approach I would like to see on the table is an idea to ‘downsize’ the low-income Greenfield towers. The towers were build in late 60’s and not only are they in poor shape, but most are around 80% capacity. We can work with the building owners and the community on lowering the towers by 2/3 stories. There’s plenty federal grant monies on both green energy solutions as well as lower-income housing project that we can manage without having to invest a lot of capital. Face-lifting the Greenfield towers can go a long way in showing our community a sense of ownership and dedication to a better tomorrow. Officer Townsend
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2011 on Charette Role Preperation at 2011 A+ Number One Team
As a member of the Lynchborg Police Department and a member of our community I’ve witness the depreciation of civil wealth in our intercity. Our crime rates are related to poor planning decisions that stacked lower income families in tasteless design solutions. New Urbanism signals a return to concepts of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
To say I was unimpressed with Talen’s presentation is an understatement. People with little imagination and poor people skills should work at the DNV. Design theory is not something you pick up from a book, copy from an image, or a place you happen to be walking by… Design takes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
John... Considering Tauxe’s take on “Just City” we find a contradiction as to the needs of minority groups and the force of the majority. To quote your analysis, “…cultural misunderstanding in the planning arena can be problematic in coming to fair, meaningful conclusions for the entire community” troubles me as I consider ways of enabling members of diverse communities to engage in authentic dialogue. Cultural misunderstandings do not stand on the way of law and reason. Today, society understands the difference between racism and ignorance. And if they don’t, people can always be fined for it until their pockets hurt… Planning protocol that initiates a pluralist agenda while focusing on the goal at hand can contribute to authentic dialogue.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2011 on Discussion 10/19 at 2011 CBBG
Fainstein offers five values to define a “just city.” Democracy Equity Diversity Growth Sustainability Citizens will always defend their self-interest before standing up to shared concerns. Who do planners design management systems that favor a heterogeneous search for solutions: Allow all parties and opportunity for representation. Count each vote as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team
I’ve invest some thought on my personal understanding of ethical ownership. Ethics should be black/white [right/wrong]. If we allow ourselves to place a particular situation as the framework for ethical decision the planner has no integrity. There has to be a clear personal understanding of ethical choice. Ethics comes at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2011 at 2011 A+ Number One Team