|Principal Scott Rodwin has been an artist pretty much his whole life. Now you can see some of his work at three free public shows in November:
Art makes a great Christmas/Hanukah gift!
|For those of you who live in Boulder, here is a quick voting guide. Please feel free to forward it around. I get involved in local politics and planning policy because it has dramatic impacts on all our lives. My main criteria for these recommendations are environmental and social responsibility.Please vote NO on ballot issue #300 & 301. They have deceptively innocuous and reasonable sounding names, but their impacts will be quite negative.300 – Neighborhood right to vote – divides Boulder into 60+ neighborhoods, all of which are interested in keeping “unwanted” projects in someone else’s backyard – it allows just 10% of any neighborhood to force an expensive vote on any proposed upzoning. The delay, expense and uncertainty it adds will in effect kill all affordable housing projects forever (including co-ops and cohousing).301 – Development shall pay its own way – It already does. Boulder already has some of the highest development fees in the region. Proponents claim that developers will simply reduce their profits to pay for the extra fees, but in reality we know that all costs flow through to the end purchaser/renter, making the cost of living in Boulder even higher. Additionally, independent reviewers of the proposal agree that the vague language of this ballot will stop all development in its tracks (potentially for years) as the fee formulas are hashed out in courts.Both 300& 301 will have the direct impact on cutting off supply of housing, which will accelerate already skyrocketing prices. If you care about affordable housing, please vote NO on 300 & 301.Lastly, Sierra Club, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and every other national planning organization in the country agree that concentrating new development in currently developed areas is the preferred location because:
So if you care about the environment, please vote no on 300 & 301.
There are five open seats on City Council this year. The folks I am voting for and supporting are:
Bob Yates — Former Chairman of Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He’s an all around great guy and community member. He’s a former exec turned non-profit leader.
Aaron Brockett — Already a strong, independent voice of reason on the Planning Board, focused on land use, Open Space, the arts, and transportation. He is a dad, lives in the Holiday neighborhood, is a balanced and reasoned voice on Planning Board. He is amazing.
Jan Burton — Jan is an intelligent and kind person who listens well. She brings refreshing perspective as a long-time tech executive, now focused on creative housing solutions and inclusive leadership.
Bill Rigler — A young, strong voice from a former international aid expert turned Naropa executive, with an emphasis on encouraging our entrepreneurial economy.
Tim Plass — An independent voice on Council for restraint and moderation, and a leader on economic policy and land use.
If you’re interested in learning more about these folks you can see their answers to Open Boulder’s questionnaire (and those of all the candidates) here: http://openboulder.org
|Resilient home design has always been important, yet more frequent and severe weather events give homeowners a reason to strengthen their defenses at home. To find out more, look into this article from Time to Build featuring tips from Scott Rodwin about what you can do to protect your own home or business.|
|Farmhouse recently made waves in the press with Boulder Lifestyles’ publication of our LEED Platinum home! Read more to find out about our client’s vision for their home, and how Scott Rodwin and the team was able to make it a reality.http://www.boulderlifestylepubs.com/2015/07/27/function-meets-beauty-a-right-sized-green-home/
|Rodwin Architecture’s Farmhouse is now featured in the LEED Directory. Certified LEED Platinum and Rodwin’s first proven regenerative home. Check out the link below for more details!http://www.usgbc.org/projects/farmhouse
|Here is an article featuring our President, Scott, as he discusses green building. Material selections and heating/cooling systems are just as important as dealing with site waste disposal months later. Take a look at these 11 steps of utilizing green materials and practices that we think are worth prioritizing.|
|Creating a physical environment that supports life instead of destroying it – what tougher and more important problem could we choose to tackle? For a long time, we were pushing a boulder up a hill, but now we have passed the tipping point…it is unstoppable [read more].|
If you’re building a high-quality project, you want a guy like our Senior Site Supervisor Tim Roddan. He’s the ‘buck stops here’ guy on many of our best houses over the last five years. He talks straight and is a stickler for the highest quality construction. Tim brings 38 years of experience and a dedicated, no-excuses, problem-solving attitude to the jobsite. It shows. His projects regularly end up with amazing energy performance, flawless finishes and a great connection with the homeowners. If you are very lucky, you might get Tim on your next project.