Micène Fontaine, March 2, 2021

There was nothing I could do. It was liberating.

About a decade ago, after years of testing and probing, doctors could not figure out exactly what was going on. Exploratory surgery was the only option. It did not matter how clinical they tried to make it sound; I knew it meant they would slice me open to see what they could find. I went back to France to spend time with my family, had "what if" conversations with a handful of people, and returned to the US for the scheduled procedure. I had done all I could do. I never felt more at peace with the world.

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Micène Fontaine, February 18, 2021

Quick. Think of walkable cities. Ready? Did Houston, TX make the list?

I didn't think so. Houston has plenty of wonderful things to offer, but as a frequent (albeit not recent) visitor, traffic rhythm seems to rule over life in the city - not to mention the sprawling suburbs. Yet, somehow, even in Houston, a version of the 15-minute city (more on that later) is quietly taking shape in the form of the proposed Walkable Places city ordinance. Houston might be the least obvious choice for walkability. Still, its mayor, Sylvester Turner, is far from alone in realizing that "more than ever, our citizens want walkable places that connect to parks and activity centers. Our city needs to grow and develop responsibly and efficiently". Baby steps in Houston but steps in the direction of building more Sustainable Cities and Communities by Design.

Melbourne | Features of a 20-Minute Neighborhood
(Image Credits: State Government of Victoria 2021)

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Micène Fontaine, January 1, 2021

December. It always feels very messy to me. It's my mental spring cleaning time. I take stock of what matters and of what does not. I create a shortlist of what I want to learn more about, do more about, and be more about. It's more art than science, but it serves as a north star in the upcoming year - personally and professionally. It's about having a destination but not the exact path - the freedom to experiment, make mistakes, and try again until I get there. 

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Cindy Grant, November 30, 2020

The Missouri Architects Board requires that Missouri-licensed architects complete 24 Continuing Education Units (CEU) every two years prior to license renewal. 16 of the CEUs must be related to health safety and welfare (HSW) and acquired in structured educational activities.

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Micène Fontaine, November 26, 2020

November. I have been should-ing myself. I’ll explain shortly. For the past week, I’ve been waking up feeling nauseated. As a male, pregnancy is out of the question. So what’s going on?

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Cindy Grant, November 19, 2020

The Missouri Interior Design Council requires Missouri-registered commercial interior designers to complete 10 hours of continuing education every two years.

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Micène Fontaine, November 18, 2020

The Florida Board of Interior Design and Architecture requires Florida registered interior designers to complete 20 credis of Continuing Education (CE) every two years.

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Micène Fontaine, October 31, 2020

October - is all a blur. I feel like I am emerging from 31 days spent in Las Vegas, having lost all sense of time (minus any of the entertainment). I wake up with my omnipresent sense of sarcasm set dangerously high and a nagging sense of urgency. The urgency of someone who can’t wait for 2021 to come around while realizing that they are not ready for it.

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Micène Fontaine, October 28, 2020

The Nevada Board of Achitecture, Interior Design and Residential Interior Design requires Nevada-registered architects, interior designers and residential interior designers to complete eight (8) hours of continuing education every year.

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Micène Fontaine, September 29, 2020

The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners requires Texas-registered interior designers, architects and landscape architects to complete 12  (twelve) hours of continuing education every year.
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