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A History of Energy Distribution

A History of Energy Distribution

With the recent power outage in downtown Newport on November 30, we were all reminded of just how dependent most of us have become on electricity, the Internet, and the Artificial Intelligence available through computerized search tools. As we move as a city, state,...

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Image of an Architect

Image of an Architect

If architecture is the materialization of finance, technology, and zeitgeist into the structures that first serve then later represent each era, then what is the proper image of an architect, through whom all these complexities must be filtered? When one does a Google...

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Newport School Buildings

Newport School Buildings

Of the school buildings in Newport, the current Rogers High School is the most recognizable, and also the third building to carry this name. The first was built on Church Street in 1873. The second was built on Broadway in 1905 and is now part of the Thompson Middle...

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The Artful City

The Artful City

In a world dominated by thirty-second sound bites, YouTube videos, and dueling town halls on T.V., what good are books? And what good then are book reviews? Well books have a gravitas and permanence that fleeting video clips can never have. The Redwood Library has...

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Evolution of Windows

Evolution of Windows

Among the most central features that help define the style and character of a building are its windows. The size, number, shape, and construction of the windows each play a part in the perception of the building from outside the building and determine its connection...

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HVAC Technology for Old Buildings

HVAC Technology for Old Buildings

Even in old buildings, new technologies can be extremely beneficial. One relatively new HVAC technology that is becoming more popular each year is called “Ground source geothermal heat pump.” Rather than drawing its heat from either electricity or a fuel source, it...

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2020 Doris Duke Preservation Awards

2020 Doris Duke Preservation Awards

Newport is fortunate to not only have buildings by many notable architects, but to have some of their very best works as well.  But because Newport was graced with so many beautiful, old buildings, the care and maintenance of these structures has fallen heavily upon a...

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