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Evan Comen

The Nation’s First Net-Positive Planned Community: NewPHire, North Carolina

by Evan Comen

Passive House, or, Passivhaus in its native German, is a global standard for energy efficiency in the domain of building construction and maintenance. The austere regulations associated with the design philosophy are sim... Read article

Walkability in the No. 1 City for Biotechnology

by Evan Comen

In the conventional city fabric, the two attributes walkability and biotechnology are seemingly contradictory. This, of course, is not without good reason; the large research complexes fundamental to technological innova... Read article

Top 5 Online Education Programs for Urban Planning: Continuing Education

by Evan Comen

The explosion of online education in the past decade is rapidly changing the face of education. In 2006, 3.5 million students were listed as enrolled in an “online learning institution of higher education.” In 2009, i... Read article

Top 5 Online Education Programs for Architecture: Continuing Education

by Evan Comen

The explosion of online education in the past decade is rapidly changing the face of education. In 2006, 3.5 million students were listed as enrolled in an “online learning institution of higher education.” In 2009, it w... Read article

From the Mountains to the Sea: Greenway Expansion in the Research Triangle

by Evan Comen

It is May 28th, 1953, and Sir Edmund Hillary becomes the first man to reach Mount Everest’s peak. It is July 21st, 1969, and Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to traverse the moon’s surface. It is September 3rd, 2012,... Read article

Save the Outer Banks! The Fight for North Carolina's Coast

by Evan Comen

In spirit of the burgeoning backlash to the North Carolina legislature’s contentious support for fracking, as presented in my previous article, this piece will review the state’s particular advocacy for “Save the Outer B... Read article

The Tides of Battle: Fracking vs. Offshore Wind in North Carolina

by Evan Comen

“Wind Mills, Not Oil Spill, The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind Versus Offshore Drilling in North Carolina” is the name of the directorial manifesto, authored by Environment North Carolina, which wil... Read article

Raleigh, North Carolina Urban Design Center Lunch Forum Series

by Evan Comen

Beneath the myriad accolades and honors awarded to the city of Raleigh, exists its innovative and exceptionally accessible Raleigh Urban Design Center. This past summer, pools of Raleigh’s most engaged denizens sacri... Read article

The Raleigh-Portland Parallel

by Evan Comen

In just under two decades, the once soft-spoken city of Raleigh, North Carolina will increase its population by about half to reach the 600,000 citizen prediction prophesied by the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. This rapid... Read article

How to Flourish in the Biodiesel Industry: A Day at Piedmont Biofuels

by Evan Comen

In July 2012, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan gleefully snipped the official ribbon at the Piedmont Biofuels ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying the well-proven commercial viability of the plant’s innovative biodiesel b... Read article

A Pragmatic Interpretation of Foucault’s Biopower

by Evan Comen

Michel Foucault (October 1926- June 1984) was a French philosopher and activist, pivotal in the conception of contemporary postmodern theory.They are bred in the suburbs, and then sent to school. They attend Duke... Read article

Social Entrepreneurship in the City of Oaks: A Day at Raleigh City Farm, North Carolina

by Evan Comen

Lacking the time to study up on the latest New Urbanism manifesto? A visit to Raleigh City Farm, of Raleigh, North Carolina, may provide a substantially accurate visual summary. This eight-week-old, 1.3 acre “social en... Read article

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