My Writing

Here is a collection of writing I’ve done over the years. Some of these were written for blogs and others were published in newspapers. These are the ones I’m most proud of. Not because of their flair. But because I was able to get across one or more ideas I really cared about. Check back because I’ll update this list over time.

Last edit: July 13, 2015

Medium

Adopt a Local Happiness Index, February 2014

Why Sprawl Kills Coworking, May 2013

 

Blogs

Various posts on the Orange Politics blog

If you want local news to survive make it mobile, November 2012

 

Newspapers

Bricks and Clicks: Hybrid Local Businesses, August 2011

High-speed Internet must be a part of Carrboro’s infrastructure, January 2009

Even More Architectural Inspirtion

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The project Ermitage is from the Parisian architecture firm Septembre.

I really like the simple shapes and the bare plywood interior. I might add a thin white wash to the walls. Something to keep them fresh through time. Add a tiny kitchen and bathroom to this design and you might be able to live in it full time. Bravo!

More pictures at the first url.

1947 Studebaker 2 ton truck

Architectural & Automotive Inspiration – Tiny House Truck

I’ve been daydreaming for awhile about building a tiny house on wheels. A lot of them are built on trailers. Makes sense. This way you can tow it with whatever truck you want. Seems smart to be able to decouple the vehicle and stow the house in a small spot.

But for some reason I’m really fascinated with permanently attaching a tiny house to a flatbed truck. Part of the reason is my love of cars and trucks. I’ve been working on them on and off since I was fourteen. Lots of stories about those days. Another time. Another reason is the sculptural possibilities and the travel nature of it. More RV than shed out back.

You may have noticed I put images up here to keep a record of my inspiration. Here are two more.

I want to put a tiny house version of this awesome church…

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Love the curved ceiling! Like an old Roma caravan.

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(I’m pretty sure I found the images of this church on the Facebook blog Abandoned, Old & Interesting Places – North Carolina.)

On the top of a old truck like this.

47Studebaker2ton-front 1947 Studebaker 2 ton truck

Truck image source

Now to save the money. You could help by giving me a grant to get the truck. ;)

My New Job at Caktus Group

I am very excited to announce that in early October I start my new job at Caktus Group in Durham, NC. It’s a new position at Caktus with a newish mission. How’s that for vague? :) Once it’s launched I’ll tell you more.

This is a very positive step for me that will have a profound effect on my life in many different ways. For starters I’ll be working in downtown Durham and be able to bike to work!

I have a lot of respect for the folks at Caktus. Ever since they worked at my business Carrboro Creative Coworking I’ve been impressed with them. They’ve steadily bootstrapped a successful business with great style. The founders Colin Copeland, Alex Lemann, and Tobias McNulty are talented technologists with big hearts. The Caktus team does a lot more than make web apps. They build social good via open source software here in North Carolina and in Libya, Zambia, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq!

Caktus Group is a team that I’m really proud to be part of. Stay tuned for more details!

-BrianR

Cast Iron Architecture Inspiration

Cast Iron Ceiling

Cast iron supporting structure, ceiling of the reading room of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris.

This great example of cast iron architecture I found on Wikipedia is stellar. Placed here to remind me. So often I daydream about minimalist styles. But then I see this beautiful work and know that more detail is super important to me.