Sustainability

Mr. Butler Goes to Paris

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

So, I went to Paris (France, not Texas) to present a paper on Sustainability in a New Mixed-Use Development – The Crossroads here in Springfield. Quick trip – painless – right? The trip was set up by Bill Killian of Killian Construction and one of my clients. The people in Greensburg, Kansas had been invited to […]

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Green Design: Then and Now

by Geoffrey Butler, AIA

Everyone wants to be “Green” now. I won’t go so far as to say that it is fashionable to be “Green,” but maybe it is that we are all waking up to the fact that our energy resources are finite and wasting them is just not smart. It has taken quite a while for us […]

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Your Neighborhood

The news is full of corporations needing to be bailed out, that our economy is in shambles, enormous layoffs are underway and more gloom and doom. And at the same time we all hear about ‘going green’ and conserving resources. It makes me wonder what any one person can do. Most of us are in the […]

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Lean into 2009

I attended 2008 ICSC Centerbuild in Phoenix last week. Wednesday afternoon I attended a session where ICSC President Mike Kercheval talked about recent store closings being ‘good’ – in the context of weak retailers needing to simply cease, to allow new retail formats in the market. He reminded us that Chico’s started as a young […]

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