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Russian House of the Future Forum

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Living Smart House DesignsThe Living Smart Project began as a competition for the design of affordable single-family detached housing on very narrow lots. Under the direction of Commissioner Randy Leonard, the Bureau of Development Services conducted a competition for single-family detached housing designs on narrow lots in 2003 with the goal of creating a catalogue of house designs. The bureau currently sells several attractive, permit-ready designs to be built on narrow lots in Portland.

Expert, an influential Russian magazine, is sponsoring the forum. Scarlett was approached by the magazine to speak after representatives read about the Living Smart Program on BDS' website. Anne Hill, Principal Management Analyst at BDS, was also invited and will co-present with Scarlett at the forum. Speakers from other countries such as Europe, Holland and Japan will also be at the conference to lend their expertise in implementing policies in the field of housing construction. [Read more]

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Paul Scarlett

July 3, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Trip to Moscow, Russia

Entry one. 7/3/07 at 10:20 AM

The trip to the airport this morning went well. I managed to function quite well with little sleep, leaving my house at 3:50 AM and driving to the economy parking lot at the airport. I actually took heed and got to the airport at the recommended two hours before the departure of the flight (well close enough, anyway). Standing in line for a long time watching people on-load and re-distribute luggage amongst their suitcases to avoid exceeding the weight limit of 50 lbs per checked bag, convince me that’s one of the main reasons they asked you to show up that early. I have never been a big believer of getting to the airport too early, but given the importance of this trip, I wasn’t about to take any chances.

Anne Hill and I boarded the flight with no hick-ups. The flight was on time and there were several empty seats from which to choose.

I was fast asleep before the plane took off. I am now airborne and after 4.5 hours of flying we are into the decent portion of the first leg of the flight, Portland to Atlanta, GA.

It has taken a lot of work and dedication on the part of several people working diligently up to this point to make this trip possible. But I believe it was meant to be. I certainly experienced the run-around through the government system, trying to get my passport and visa. Even though it was confusing and frustrating at times, I never wavered, because I expected everything would work out for the best.

As much confidence I had in a positive outcome, it would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the tireless dedication of my assistant Leanne Torgerson. Her organizational skills and persistence was a major factor in getting through all the procedural nightmare of the Federal government’s passport and visa application and procedural requirements.

Second Entry 7/3/07 12:30 PM Pacific time (3:30 PM in ATL)
I am now sitting in the Atlanta airport with Anne waiting our flight to Moscow to board. The mood is somber, maybe partly due to the long impending flight across the Atlantic.

Though the flight will be long, I am looking forward to getting some more rest on the plane.

Kudos to Alisa Cour and Tiffani Penson with the help of Andy Truong for setting up BDS' blog.

Siging off for now. Hopefully, I'll be connected in Moscow and will forward coments when possible.

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