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Chimney Swifts                     

A chimney swift is a small brown bird that weighs less than a heaping tablespoon of sugar and flies from North America to Peru every winter. In autumn the swifts form flocks to migrate southward, congregating above city roofs at dusk when as many as 5000 birds will spiral downwards into a brick chimney to roost. 

Enter the US Navy.

Some far-sighted Navy scientists are trying to learn how these tiny birds can fly so close together without colliding. Why? Because the Navy has its own flock: not boats but drones.
 It is a splendid vision the Navy has — unless you wonder how a sky full of drones flying close together might interact with a flock of chimney swifts.
 Another splendid vision 40 years ago was an herbicide called Roundup®, hailed as the farmer’s friend. Now we learn that Roundup® may cause the extinction of another great migration — that of the monarch butterfly.

As darkness settles on Nash Square in Raleigh, a flock of chimney swifts descends whirlwind-like into a chimney atop the Professional Building. Sometimes we may be better off appreciating the sweetness and wonder of nature without trying to grasp its secrets.

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Seven Sisters #modern #architect #architecture #archilove #frankharmon

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The Seven Sisters residence is almost complete! #modernarchitecture #modern #architecture #minimal #architecturelovers #archidaily #archilovers #frankharmon photo by @jacobeburke  (at coastal South Carolina)

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North Carolina Botanical Garden #modern #botanical #standingseam #architect #architecture #frankharmon  (at Chapel Hill, NC)
Charleston Circular Church addition #historic #charleston #modern #architect #architecture #frankharmon
We sailed past #Duke University’s Ocean Conservation Center in Beaufort, NC. Deep overhangs and solar panels are crucial on the coast. #modern #architect #architecture #frankharmon #nc
Field trip to Shackleford Island, NC #architect #frankharmon #sailboat

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Bricks and Civil RIghts in Atlanta A canopy of 100-year-old oak trees shades Myrtle Street in Midtown Atlanta from the broiling summer sun. To many people, the genteel mansions of Myrtle Street suggest a romantic story of the old South. Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind in a house nearby. But for others, these houses were on the frontline of change–change wrought by streetcars, black artisans, and the civil rights movement. Midtown was developed after the Civil War and soon became a streetcar suburb. White men rode downtown to work. Black women rode in the back of the streetcar to Midtown, where they changed diapers and served iced tea for generations of white Atlantans. Black artisans laid the brick, plastered the walls, and painted the columns of Midtown. After the Civil War, craftsmanship gave artisans of color economic independence that often led to civic leadership. As the daughter of an Atlanta bricklayer Mary Beale said in 1920, “My daddy was not afraid of any white man that walked.” This fearlessness would be invaluable in confronting racism. The deep porches, dusky colors, and shady streets of Midtown Atlanta are often highlighted in lifestyle magazines, such as Southern Living. Their social history is left in shadow.
Ocean Conservation Center #duke #modern #research #architecture #architect #frankharmon
Arles, France #sketch #nativeplaces #architect #architecture #travel
Siting sketch for Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom #environment #nature #architect #sustainable #architecture #raleigh #frankharmon
Low Country Residence with hurricane screens #lowcountry #sc #architect #modern #architecture #frankharmon

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First Presbyterian Church #raleigh #architect #architecture #frankharmon

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Merchants Millpond Visitors Center #modern #architecture #architect #frankharmon #vernacular #raleigh #nc
#Modern addition to a #historic #church  #architect #architecture #frankharmon  (at Circular Church, Charleston, SC)