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Caroline S. Lebar
Architect / Urbanist
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On the Border: Part V
July 17th - Last Day in Arizona On Friday the 17th, our final day of the trip, we met with a whole host of people of different views to hear about the immigration crisis from all sides. We started the day with a presentation by an agent from Immigration and...

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On the Border: Part IV
July 16th - The Sonoran Desert For the entire trip, we'd heard about the hazards of crossing the border through the desert, and now it was finally our turn to see what it was like for ourselves.  We drove out to the home of Ed Lord, a member of the Green Va...

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On the Border: Part III
July 15th - Agua Prieta, Mexico After an uncomfortable night on the floor, we crossed into Mexico to visit several organizations working with migrants on the Mexican side of the border.  The trip across the border into Mexico took no time at all.  Immediate...

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Into the Wilderness
It's taken me until Lent to try to write about what's been happening since January.  The last month-plus has been an emotional rollercoaster as the new Voldemort administration -- I've decided to refer to the new president as President Voldemort until furth...

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Why I am Not a Curator
Another old unfinished post from the drafts pile... now complete! Often I have to explain to my colleagues that I studied art history (with a concentration in architecture) in undergrad, and recount how I decided that staying in art history wasn't for me.  ...

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Counterfeit Architecture
Time to clean out the ol' half-written blog post inbox! What does it mean to call a building a "forgery"?  Is it possible to forge a work of architecture in the same way that a painting can be forged? In Japan, apparently architectural forgery means that yo...

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Book Review: Death and Life of Great American Cities
The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) by Jane Jacobs is a classic of urban planning and urban design, and I really have no excuse for getting around to reading it so late in the game.  I knew about it for ages, knew everyone quoted Jacobs whene...

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Taking the LEED AP BD+C Exam
Last weekend I took the LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C) exam, and, mercifully, passed.  (Something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!)  I have two purposes in this post: first, to describe my study process for anyone else who's interested, ...

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A Voter's Guide: Local Elections 2016
I spent a long time researching different local races and some of the ballot measures here in Santa Clara County.  In case you're on the fence or want some further information to guide your voting, I've compiled my thoughts here. Selection Methodology I hav...

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On the Border: Part II
It's been over a year since my last post about my trip to the US-Mexico border, but I'm finally getting around to posting the rest of my thoughts and photos.  If you want to remind yourself why this is an important topic (aside from the election-year immigr...
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