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Makers Make Community

RMC recently finished work on the expansion of Social Fabric, which is living up to its brilliant name with an engaging mashup of sewing groups and classes, textile art, shopping and creative window displays to a key downtown corner. Located on Commercial Street in the Parkade building, it’s just one of several Bellingham venues designed…

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We’re thinking a lot about unity these days.

Enter Unity Care Northwest. Part of a national network of community health centers established in 1965 with bipartisan support, it has provided healthcare to anyone in Whatcom County who needs it, regardless of income or insurance, for more than 30 years. Since 2008, its patient population has increased by 74%. Last year, amid the uncertainty…

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Friday Afternoon Design Challenge

Friday afternoon design challenge: Make you vanish. Banish the ugly, tame the tangle! Show the world what’s possible, architects; do that problem-solving thing! Judges focus, scrutinize, discerning daring acts of innovation and technical perfection. Attention to detail counts. Zip ties allowed. Extra points for overcoming adverse conditions. Everyone gets a ribbon for participating, just like soccer.…

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All our neighborhoods should reflect these characteristics

The answer lies in the question itself: they’re neighborhoods, which by definition holds both spatial and social qualities. While physical boundaries define it on a map, we would argue that a neighborhood’s degree of social capital — its networks of relationships that foster “neighboring behavior”— is what makes it relatively stronger or weaker. (While this…

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When An Architect Firm Has the Chance…

In 2014 RMC, along with environmental consulting firm Maul, Foster, Alongi, was engaged by the Port of Skagit County to analyze the campus of the Northern State Hospital in Sedro Woolley, WA for redevelopment. Built in the Cascade foothills starting in 1911 on more than 1,000 acres, the campus is one of the largest single…

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Building a 21st Century Campus

Campus buildings come with tall orders: they must support teaching and inspire learning, attract faculty and invite students, meet or beat operational and sustainability goals, satisfy public budget constraints, gratify private donor desires. They must speak to the future, and stand the test of time. Meanwhile, technology marches on, instructional models evolve, and students educators…

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Plenty o’ (craft brew) Pubs.

And that’s not just our Irish talking.* It’s a fact that keeps cropping up in urban planning and economic develoment circles (may the ever intersect): craft breweries, and their pubs, are a key indicator of a successful city. We’re excited about the county’s newest kid on the beer block, Overflow Taps in Lynden. It’s one…

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Strong Communities Make Downtown Work

The Commercial Street Night Markets were fantastic. Thanks Sustainable Connections and KAPOW place-making competition (Principal Neil McCarthy was a juror.) Design improvement ideas for landscaping, wayfinding, Commercial St. Plaza and more thanks to the City and the Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s design committee (members include RMC’s Nicole Staron). Enticing holiday window displays coming your way thanks…

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