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September 24, 2006

Sustainable Design and Energy: A Social Design Issue

Our Globe is reaching an extreme energy and resource crisis. The population keeps growing, as the need for energy does. This leaves habitat and energy levels diminished creating future economic instability and affirms our need for alternative energy.

Sustainable energy replenishes itself indefinitely, leaving no other pollutants or space for an economic depression--energy that contributes to every human need and want for our everyday functional utilities. Sustainable design will not only provide renewable energy, but also reduce if not eliminate pollutants and intrinsically make the future healthier, cleaner, and greener for generations to come.

WERC LOGO.jpg WERC, located out of Brainerd Minnesota, is one of several environmentally sustainable businesses. The following is a list of sustainable designs they offer:

Designing environmentally responsible buildings,
• Consultations on energy/water/building materials,
• Construction project planning and management,
• Energy audits, energy calculations for commercial or residential
• Installation of energy generation equipment,
• Sales of Wind Turbines, Solar Electric, Solar Heating, Geothermal,
Water Flowforms, Composting Toilets and Greywater Systems

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September 18, 2006

The Midtown Exchange Building and Market


The Midtown Exchange Building and old Sears Building is now home to several renters, businesses, and venders galore. The Global Market located inside of the old Sears Building is a wonderful place to broaden your horizons in several cuisines, traditional fresh food markets, global textiles, jewelry and more—all originating from different areas around the world.




The kiosks and booths maintained by ethnic individuals are managed indoors where weather is not an issue and modern conveniences enable an easier means to function. The booths are organized in a manor similar to an urban neighborhood having blocks of cultural merchandise allowing for better accessibility.


The interior space is lit up with bright lighting and columnar beams elongating the space. Around the outside of the enormous area, natural light seeps in through the windows, barely creeping down the aisle to the next “block?. Deep inside of the market, the sounds of native languages escape personal spaces and the buzzing of the fluorescent lights create an ambience simialr to that of walking around an upbeat city at night. The merchants are so friendly and open to the inquisitiveness and curiosity one may have toward the culture and items for sale.


The Midtown Market is a fabulous space that is easily accessible with your vehicle, the Greenway bike-path, or Metro-Transit. The Midtown Building is a landmark easily seen from miles around incorporating apartments, lofts, and condos; the Alina Hospital headquarters, and governmental center. This building had been unoccupied for years—the developers did not know what to do with the space for some time, and has now become a place for social culture to flourish and the Minneapolis economy to soar. The Midtown Building is a lovely example of energy saved with regards to the redevelopment of the structure and is a emblem depicting Minnesota history—now housing culture from people around the world. Midtown truly has stood the tests of time.