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Innovative architecture in Logan Square at Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments have teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2. Flexhouse2 rowhomes are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to sustainable lifestyle choices. Rather than rigidly defined rooms and hallways, the Flexhouse flows, is more open and allows easy adaptation to a variety of uses and lifestyles. The Flexhouse offers ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Design Planned Property’s new t-shirt and win $500

T-shirt flyer

Have you ever wanted to see one of your designs on a t-shirt? Here’s your chance! Summer is coming and we need a cool new t-shirt! The winning design will be made into a t-shirt and the first place winner will receive $500 (rent credit, check or Amex Gift Cards). Second and third place winners ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
West suburbsElmhurst

Griffin’s Emery House in Elmhurst, still for sale

Emery House, Elmhurst

It was late January when I toured The Emery House in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney of Coldwell Banker’s Gracik Makinney Group, one of our sponsors. The home was listed for sale in early February, and is still available for purchase at a list price of $1,750,000. The home, at 281 S Arlington, was designed by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Mies on Marina City: Don’t do that again

Marina City

In the video, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Michael Darling talks briefly about the “organic” and “sculptural” quality of Bertrand Goldberg’s architecture and some of the architects who influenced his work. In his oral history at the Art Institute Bertrand Goldberg reports Mies van der Rohe’s dismissive summary of Marina City: “Well, everybody has to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 20, 2013

Meet John Holabird Jr, architect and Renaissance man

John Holabird screen cap

Holabird & Root, one of Chicago’s storied architectural firms, began in the 1880s and during most of its history a Holabird was an active principal at the firm. John A Holabird Jr may have been the least-accomplished architect of the grandfather – father – son lineage, but he led perhaps the most serendipitous life of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

235 Van Buren condos are a Walker’s Paradise

Chicago Water Taxi

We’ve previously taken you along on a water taxi commute from 235 Van Buren, the striking Ralph Johnson-designed condo tower at the edge of the Loop. We’ve also noted that 235 Van Buren’s location affords its residents an unusually rich and convenient set of transportation options. WalkScore backs up that opinion by awarding the location ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 7, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Bruce Graham, a self-described Chicago architect

Hancock Center

When he was a child Bruce Graham‘s dream was to build cities. As the Chief of Design for the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Graham left an unmistakable stamp on a number of cities. Chicagoans may not know his name, but they know his work, which includes the Hancock Center and the Willis ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 18, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Blair Kamin is back in Chicago

Wrigley Building

Blair Kamin, the Tribune’s award-winning architecture critic, has spent the past year at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He’s apparently back in Chicago and has just weighed in on the recently-unwrapped renovation of the Wrigley Building, which he finds to be both “a visual feast” and lacking in some respects. Kamin’s conclusion: The exacting restoration ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Smith + Gill designs for K2 Apartments, the new hot spot

John Burcher, Smith + Gill

John Burcher, the Director of Interior Design at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has overseen envelope-expanding projects around the world. Join Burcher for a look at K2‘s common areas in this video as he sketches the design concepts that animated the vision for K2, a new luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 1, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

Chicago real estate weekly, week ending June 28, 2013

Thumbnail image for Chicago real estate weekly, week ending June 28, 2013

This is the first edition of our weekly recap of Chicago real estate news. Check back each Saturday for a look back at the previous week – and offer your suggestions for improving this feature in the meantime. Market conditions Case-Shiller: House prices rise 12.1% year-over-year Pending home sales soar to six-year high House prices ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 29, 2013
West suburbsOak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, a DesignSlinger photography primer

Unity Temple, Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Unity Temple in Oak Park represented a startling new departure when it opened in 1908. It has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and nominated as a World Heritage site. DesignSlinger is an always engaging, richly visual, frequently updated site that focuses on Chicago architecture. Proprietors Jim and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 24, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Lee Bey dishes on the new landmarks

Lee Bey

If you have a few minutes to spare, they’ll be well spent in listening to architecture critic and photographer Lee Bey’s thoughts on mid-century modern buildings and his approach to photographing them. The video includes photographs of Diamond Bank, a 1961-vintage structure at the corner of North Ave and Clark St.

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Divergent architectural styles book-end Divergent set

Divergent movie set

One of the sets for Neil Burger‘s adaptation of Divergent, a sci-fi flick starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, is appropriately sandwiched between two of Chicago’s architectural icons. No word on whether the set was designed by Burger’s architect wife. Pictured above, to the north of Divergent’s bleak homes, is Ralph Johnson‘s 235 Van Buren. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Hartshorne Plunkard receives two top AIA Illinois prizes

Randolph Tower

Yesterday’s email included the following news release form Hartshorne Plunkard regarding AIA Illinois’ 2013 Honor Awards. We’ve paid visits to both of the projects, and you can have a closer look at them in the above videos. Two projects by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) have received top prizes at the 2013 Honor Awards presented by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 29, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Images of domesticity and an architect’s beat-up mother-in-law

Elevator lobby 100 E Bellevue

The elevator lobby at 100 East Bellevue immerses you in images of domestic bliss. On the outside chance that you missed the message, the hand-painted murals continue into the elevator cabs and shout it at you. Architecture buffs approaching the building will immediately recognize it as the work of Barancik Conte. The broad white verticals ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 28, 2013
West suburbsIndian Head Park

A light-filled modern home in tranquil Indian Head Park

6435 Indian Head Trl, Indian Head Park

The modern home at 6435 Indianhead Trail in Indian Head Park is filled with surprises. It’s no surprise that the corner lot and large windows on all sides of the home flood it with light. What is surprising for a modern home is the size of the rooms, the sheer functionality of the layout, the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 17, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

235 Van Buren – welcome to a show that never ends

View east from 235 Van Buren

Ralph Johnson‘s 235 Van Buren has inspired verbal pyrotechnics from commentators and quickly become an award-winning architectural icon. The new condo high-rise is also an outstanding venue from which to view the past, present and future of Chicago architecture. The combination of great architecture as both a “machine for living” and a platform for viewing ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Brian Kidd offers an architect’s perspective on K2 Apartments

Brian Kidd

Brian Kidd was the senior project architect for K2 at K Station, a 34-story, 496-unit luxury apartment tower that recently opened in the Fulton River District. Brian is a Senior Associate at Pappageorge Haymes Partners in Chicago. Join Brian for an insider’s look at the challenges posed by K2′s site, the process that informed the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 7, 2013

How life’s lived in renovated vintage apartments

1215 W Diversey Chicago

BJB Properties, one of our sponsors, owns and manages dozens of newer and recently-renovated vintage apartment buildings in prime Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lake View and Rogers Park locations. BJB recently invited its residents to submit photos of their apartments to a prize competition. You can see some of the many submissions at BJB’s Facebook ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 6, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Is this a good time to be an architect?

Chicago river view

Yesterday’s Crain’s Chicago Business served up a slightly more upbeat take on the prospects for architectural employment than the one offered at Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily a month ago. Buoyed by the country’s nascent economic recovery, Chicago architecture firms are ever-so-slowly emerging from their defensive crouch. The recovery is in its infancy, but partners ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 15, 2013