Category: Architecture, design

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Touring Chicago on a miniature scale

Touring Chicago on a miniature scale

As a part of the year-long celebration commemorating Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has unveiled a scale ...

NYTimes: Architects' views of the recession

A story in the Sunday edition of the New York Times checks in with how architecture firms, large and small, are coping with the construction slowdown. ...
Urban Sandbox single-family wins design award

Urban Sandbox single-family wins design award

The single-family home at 1625 N Wolcott Ave, which is part of the Urban Sandbox development, took the grand prize in the Midwest region at the Best i ...

Lofts at Roosevelt Collection, 6 North Michigan architects hit the lecture circuit

I was planning to lug the Yo-Cam down to the John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery to record architect Jeff Renterghem's lecture on One Museum Park a ...
Discovering R+D659's strange sense of humor

Discovering R+D659's strange sense of humor

The late George Carlin, a master of pithy observations, once said, "The status quo sucks." After hearing pitches for the same finishing package at a ...

Why starchitects aren't embracing green design

Do green buildings look worse than their carbon-emitting counterparts? That's what art critic Kriston Capps argues in an article appearing in The Amer ...
Schlect's Shingle-style single-family: Is it a Schock, or just plain schlock?

Schlect's Shingle-style single-family: Is it a Schock, or just plain schlock?

More than a couple years ago, Joe put together a set of 120 pictures from the Austin Historic District, a landmark district that lies both north and ...
Video vault: Pat FitzGerald, stealth architect

Video vault: Pat FitzGerald, stealth architect

If you travel down to Printers Row on any Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday afternoon, you can visit Printers Corner at 140 W Polk St and Astoria ...
We love lists: Studio Dwell architecture

We love lists: Studio Dwell architecture

For the past few years, Studio Dwell Architects has been quietly carving out a modern niche in the residential market. The firm made a splash in 2006 ...
How to build the Chicago Spire

How to build the Chicago Spire

The techniques for building the Chicago Spire have been carefully explored, as you can see in the fascinating video above. Part 2 of the video is at ...
What is it with architecture critics and Pappageorge Haymes?

What is it with architecture critics and Pappageorge Haymes?

Blair Kamin doesn't seem to have it in him to accord Pappageorge Haymes any unqualified praise, even for the firm's best work. Read enough of Blair ...
Emerald's amenities through the lens of a pro

Emerald's amenities through the lens of a pro

Architecture buffs should recognize the name Hedrich Blessing. Over the past eight decades, the Chicago-based company has served as the photography ...
We love lists: Hartshorne Plunkard's designs

We love lists: Hartshorne Plunkard's designs

After putting together a list on NewHomeNotebook.com of towers designed by Lucien Lagrange's architecture firm, I started looking through our high-ris ...
Pappageorge / Haymes at 600 Lake Shore Drive

Pappageorge / Haymes at 600 Lake Shore Drive

Earlier this week I met George Pappageorge and David Haymes in Olive Park, and we talked about 600 North Lake Shore with the building and the skylin ...
We love lists: Land o' Lagrange

We love lists: Land o' Lagrange

"I wonder, does Lucien keep one drawer of designs marked 'Bloomingdale's,' and another marked, 'Wal-Mart'?" - Yo regular Jeff, from a recent comme ...

Snarkitects: quotes of the day

Architects are sharp-tongued and often harsh in their judgments of the work of other architects. Remember the wag who called Skidmore Owings & Mer ...
Dazzling designs and generic towers

Dazzling designs and generic towers

In the September issue of New Homes, Phil Berger dishes on the latest architectural designs that are catching his eye. His favorites may surprise yo ...

So long to the landscaped lobby?

If you had to rank high-rise amenities from most to least important, where would a lush, leafy lobby land on your list? Hopefully not too high, becaus ...
Three left at Burling Place in Lincoln Park

Three left at Burling Place in Lincoln Park

As far as architectural style is concerned, Burling Place at 1727 N Burling St in Lincoln Park is one that people seem to love or, well, really not lo ...
Not your average upgrade

Not your average upgrade

Forget about granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, steam showers and fitness rooms. If you want to make the neighbors jealous, you’ve rea ...
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