As the dust settles on the 2014 Midterm Elections it is a great opportunity to step back from all the political gamesmanship and spin doctoring and look at the condition of the State of Illinois, Chicago and Cook County. What really is the state of the State of Illinois? Why has Illinois and Chicago lagged behind other metropolitan areas in terms of job growth and population growth post the Great Recession? What is Governor-elect Bruce Rauner stepping into in January? And what does this have to do with Urban Design and Architecture? [Read more…] about The state of the State… (Illinois)
Springfield MPO (IL) was recently invited at the AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations) Annual Conference in Portland (OR) to present one of the initial testing concept projects using newly released sustainability tool – INVEST 1.0 (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) by Federal Highway Administration. We were enormously proud to receive an overwhelming response to our work, especially on two accounts. [Read more…] about Our MPO story of ‘INVEST – A Sustainability Tool’
I am in Tokyo traveling/visiting this week. I must say, it’s an amazing progressive city and culture. So many amazing buildings here. Wow. It’s a huge city, but has a small city feel in the smaller neighborhoods within the city. Public transportation is easy to use, bikes are all over the place, public spaces/parks are great, public art and multiple museums dot the city. It’s like New York City, a bit of Chicago and Vegas lights. Will be posting more pictures when I return. Today’s picture is of the Prada store. This building was built several years ago but has an amazing look and feel from both the outside and inside. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meauron.