Georgia considers plan to build America’s first truck-only highway

February 13, 2018 by  
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Georgia is exploring the feasibility of designating an entire highway just for trucks . The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is considering the 40-mile stretch where cars wouldn’t be allowed to drive – and WABE Radio says it would be the first of its kind in America. 4,317 people perished in crashes where large trucks were involved in 2016, the most recent federal statistics ready from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to WABE Radio. A separate highway for trucks could boost safety for both regular cars and freight operators, according to GDOT’s fact sheet on what’s called the I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes. Related: Siemens debuts first electrified eHighway in the US The toll-free truck-only highway would stretch from Atlanta to Macron and would consist of two barrier-separated lanes. GDOT’s fact sheet says the project is “projected to reduce delay on I-75 by 40 percent in 2030” and could also lower maintenance costs on the lanes for passenger cars. It would be northbound, per WABE Radio, with its own entrances and exits. Atlanta-area truckers have shown support for the project. WABE Radio spoke to trucker Afori Pugh, who transports around 20,000 pounds of construction materials on his trips. He said it can be difficult; when drivers cut in front of a truck, they rarely realize how much danger they’re in and they don’t understand his industry. He thinks a truck-only highway could “unclog a lot of the traffic .” Georgia governor Nathan Deal also seems to support the project, saying the truck-only highway is “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like” in a Georgia Transportation Alliance meeting. But some people are balking at the estimated cost of $1.8 billion. U.S. Public Interest Research Group listed the state’s truck-only lanes among the worst highway projects in America in 2017, saying it “would represent a giveaway to the trucking industry, while undermining a rail -based approach to freight movement in Georgia that is intended to get trucks off the roads.” GDOT could choose a general engineering consultant by the end of this year; that person would be expected to be in charge of project development and seek public input in the environmental process. Construction could commence in 2025. Via WABE Radio Images via Rhys Moult on Unsplash and Ken Lund on Flickr

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Socially-Minded PUBLIC Journal Brings Big Voice to Public Interest Design Movement

May 20, 2014 by  
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Inhabitat’s very own design writer Andrew Goodwin launched a new socially-responsible journal this month with his partner Matthew Linden. After a year of planning, the pair debuted PUBLIC Journal – a quarterly print and digital journal that provides an unprecedented platform for the expanding Public Interest Design movement. PUBLIC finds itself where the world of architecture intersects the voices of activism, exposing a determination to provide good design for those that need it most, but most often do not get it. Read the rest of Socially-Minded PUBLIC Journal Brings Big Voice to Public Interest Design Movement Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: activist , Architecture , community-based design , Design , humanitarian , journal , magazine , Public interest design , PUBLIC Journal , social impact

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

May 20, 2014 by  
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The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

May 20, 2014 by  
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US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

August 29, 2012 by  
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Although there are too many interventions to mention in this space, we would like to shed some light on a few of our favorites. Projects such as the Aquaponics Container System address issues of climate-adaptable agriculture with solutions that are deployable, sustainable, and interdisciplinary. The Aquaponics Container System is made from repurposed refrigerated shipping containers in order to house an aquaculture and hydroponic system for farming fish and vegetables. Other projects such as BK Farmyards in Brooklyn help to bring agricultural solutions to urban environments. BK Farmyards is a large urban farming network that brings health, happiness, training, and employment to residents in Central Brooklyn. The projects in the US Pavilion range from the formal participatory interventions to more guerrilla interventions, like the Guerrilla Gardening and Guerrilla Bike Lane projects, both of which leave the public guessing as to who might be the author. Many of these guerrilla interventions are performed out of necessity, while others are done in the pursuit of beauty, culture, and art. All of these efforts venture outside the box as a form of expression. The 13 th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale will run from August 29 through November 25, 2012. It’s the most prestigious architecture event in the world and will be attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. Some of the participants for the US Pavilion included: Architecture for Humanity, Better Block Project, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Chicago Loop Alliance, City Repair, COMMONstudio, envelope A+D, Freecell, Futurefarmers, GOOD, Fritz Haeg, HOK, Make it Right, MAS Studio, popuphood, the Rockwell Group, Mark Shepard, Street Plans Collaborative, and WORKac. Co-curators Cathy Lang Ho, David van der Leer, and Ned Cramer have performed admirably in bringing such global attention to a wonderful topic that now affects millions of people in the United States. + 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Americans Tone Down Their Green Confidence

March 25, 2010 by  
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The latest edition of the Green Confidence Index shows a sharp drop as public interest in green drops from previous highs; the study also looks at the longer-term impacts of Toyota’s recalls among U.S. consumers.

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