|Earlier this summer I was selected to be part of the AIA Bridge 2.0 Mentor-mentee program.|
|The Bridge program was created to bring experienced AIA Fellows and young Architects together in mentoring relationships. It offers opportunities for mentees as emerging professionals, to seek guidance by connecting them with their respective mentors, [Read more…] about Proposal for Gateway to the Chicago Riverfront Walk, a design charrette|
In this month’s Architect magazine 2011 AIA President Clark D. Manus, FAIA, writes about the nation’s health care crisis and what the AIA and architects can do to play a part in the solution. It should come as no surprise that when a society designs itself around automobile reliance, television, and video games that physical health will suffer. [Read more…] about Active Design to Promote Physical Activity and Health
Alderman Brendan Riley (42nd) recently met with and persuaded Northwestern University officials to delay their demolition permit application plans for 60 days. Ald. Riley cited a soon to be released study by Landmarks Illinois which looks at possible re-uses for Prentice. The study will be given the proper consideration and review and will even be posted on the Alderman’s website. [Read more…] about Temporary Stay of Execution for Goldberg’s Prentice
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is a rapidly growing group of individuals, cities and corporations calling for the development of fast, frequent and dependable trains linking the entire Midwest. Rick Harnish, Executive Director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association presented the association’s annual update to the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on March 8, 2011. [Read more…] about Update: Midwest High-Speed Rail Association
I have new words in my urban dictionary “Islandish Urbanity”. This time my vacation turned out to be quite an outlandish escape to the Virgin Islands while most of the United States were covered under a blizzard. [Read more…] about Charlotte Amalie –An Islandish Urbanity, VIRGIN ISLAND
In 2005 the Illinois General Assembly formed CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, to integrate regional planning for the seven counties comprised of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. After three years of work CMAP unveiled GO TO 2040, the region’s comprehensive plan. As the title suggests, GO TO 2040 acknowledges the long term implementation that will be required as our region is expected to add 25% more in population in the next 30 years, that’s 2 million new residents. [Read more…] about Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Releases GOTO 2040 Regional Plan
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this month that the City, while considered one of the most walkable City’s in the nation, also has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths. [Read more…] about San Francisco’s Street Grid Plan Killing People?
Chicago Urban Planning 101 – This is a digital story/documentary about the 1909 Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham, and how it relates to urban planning.
Recent statistics indicate that suburban commercial centers were hit harder by the recession and are recovering more slowly than their urban counterparts. This circumstance is the opposite of prior recessions in the last half century, even as recently as the 2003 – 2004 dot com bubble recession, according to the Wallstreet Journal. During the current recession, the urban core of nearly every major city in the Country suffered substantially less loss of office and retail space than the suburbs surrounding them – including hard hit Detroit. [Read more…] about Recession Reveals that Suburbs Losing Their Appeal.
Free Public Transit in downtown – With lots of reasonably dense suburbs surrounding the CBD, having free transit through the center encourages commuters to stay out of their cars when they have short trips thereby reducing the need for parking and reducing congestion. [Read more…] about 5 Things that make Portland Work…