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GreenMobile Design

When most people think of factory-built manufactured housing, they likely aren’t also thinking about the potential for this to be the most affordable way to build green, energy-efficient and sustainable housing. One person who is thinking about that is Michael A. Berk, the director Mississippi State University (MSU) School of Architecture. He has been invited a number of prestigious conferences ...

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Getting a brand new look with an old, classic style

Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery; it can be a profitable business opportunity for contractors and skilled laborers. Throughout the state and across the nation, old buildings are finding new life through their preservation and adaptive reuse. Prime examples of such undertakings are projects in Jackson with the Standard Life Building, the King Edward Hotel, the Federal ...

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‘Where the smoke and fire happens’

That earth-shaking, rumbling sound that’s come from the John C. Stennis Space Center the last 45 years is not going away, even though the space shuttle program is all but over and the Constellation deep space exploration project died in infancy. “No matter what the architecture is going to be after the shuttle,” the rockets for the new mission will ...

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Stennis a solid booster of gulf region economy

Rocket noise that can be heard for miles around the John C. Stennis Space Center strikes a sweet note for Mississippi’s economy. The impact is estimated at $616 million annually for a region that takes in a 50-mile radius of the center tucked into the southwest corner of Mississippi near Bay St. Louis. Without the center, the region would lose ...

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Yazoo clay can be a dirty word

Changes to downtown Jackson are happening daily. Not all of those changes are good, though. In a city now teeming with construction projects that are adding vibrancy to the area’s rebirth, businesses’ contractors are waging battles to keep the daily changes underground from wrecking progress. The culprit: Yazoo clay, a material that is extremely expansive that swells to four time ...

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ROCKET MAN

Forget Elton John, John Glenn and even David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Meet James Kelly, a true-blue, red-blooded, All-American rocket man. The Corinth resident began studying rocketry and building his own model rockets when he was a junior in high school. “I really didn’t have an interest in rockets until my cousin showed me a rocket that he’d built,” said the ...

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Talking points

Duvall and Decker have achieved a goal of making Mississippi architecture part of a national conversation Jackson architects Anne Marie Duvall and Roy Decker say there’s no reason Mississippi architecture can’t be in the national conversation, right alongside the state’s bountiful published works, musical talent and athletic achievements. Thanks in part to the husband-and-wife team of Duvall/Decker Architects, it’s certainly now ...

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Are design drawings things of the past?

Pencil vs. 3D software is just the latest in a long line of competitions between man and machine American folk hero John Henry won the famous race against progress and the steam-powered hammer. But he died right there with his hammer in his hand. Henry versus the steam hammer, this is not, but in architectural circles, many wonder, “Is there ...

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Neel: About improving our communities

Renaissance man wants to make his home a better place For nearly five decades, Hibbett Neel has been a gently-mannered civil engineer/businessman/philanthropist and the leader of one of the largest privately-held engineering firms in the southeastern United States. If not for his love of mathematics and ancient Roman architecture, the chief executive officer of Neel-Schaffer might have chosen a writing ...

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