A pair of Chicago architects planted this electric pink porch in downtown Vancouver

"Porch Parade" (Design with Company)

“Porch Parade” (Design with Company)

A stand-alone porch with a psychedelic paint job opened earlier this month on Vancouver‘s Robson Street, beckoning passersby to inhabit the lighthearted public space for the fifth round of the city’s Robson Redux design-build competition.

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nARCHITECTS reveals Café Pavilion for Cleveland’s revamped Public Square

Rendering of a new cafe pavilion for Cleveland's Public Square. (nARCHITECTS via James Corner Field Operations)

Rendering of a new cafe pavilion for Cleveland’s Public Square. (nARCHITECTS via James Corner Field Operations)

New renderings for one of the largest public space projects in the Midwest have been revealed, showing a new 2,500-square-foot “Café Pavilion” in Cleveland’s Public Square. Read More

Video> Shum Yip Land’s Peter Kok on green skyscrapers and keeping East Asia’s skylines unique

Shum Yip Upperhills in Shenzhen, China (© Shum Yip Land via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)

Shum Yip Upperhills in Shenzhen, China (© Shum Yip Land via Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)

This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s September symposium in Shanghai. The topic was “Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism,” and among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Peter Kok, associate general manager of Shum Yip Land, the commercial property arm of Shenzhen Investment. Read More

Gallery> University of Chicago and Kliment Halsband Architects breathe new life into an old seminary building

(Tom Rossiter)

(Tom Rossiter)

Like many large research universities, the University of Chicago appears to always be building. One mainstay of campus construction is rehabs of existing institutional buildings. At the University of Chicago, that means figuring out what to do with a large stock of neo-Gothic buildings that once served as places of worship.

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Video> Historic hotel demolished to clear way for Detroit’s new Red Wings hockey arena

The abandoned Hotel Eddystone (left) and Park Avenue Hotel (right), near the Masonic Temple; Midtown Detroit. (Aidan Wakely-Mulroney via Flickr)

The abandoned Hotel Eddystone (left) and Park Avenue Hotel (right), near the Masonic Temple; Midtown Detroit. (Aidan Wakely-Mulroney via Flickr)

The implosion of an historic Detroit hotel on Saturday helped clear the way for a $650 million hockey arena that developers say will more than pay for itself in economic ripple effects, but critics see the demolition as the latest casualty of an ill-conceived scheme receiving public financing.

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Architects and artists want to turn this vacant Detroit home into a community opera house

(House Opera)

(House Opera)

Detroit‘s 90,000 vacant homes and residential lots have proven to be fertile ground for artistic exploration, giving rise to verdant floral installations and canvases for sought-after graffiti artists. Now architects and artists from The D and beyond hope to turn an abandoned property at 1620 Morrell Street into something truly surprising. Read More

HUD Secretary Julian Castro touts new planning rules for affordable housing

Development, National, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Today local officials cut the ribbon on phase two of the Park Boulevard housing development, adding 128 units to the mixed-income community in Bronzeville. (Kathryn Quinn Architects)

Today local officials cut the ribbon on phase two of the Park Boulevard housing development, adding 128 units to the mixed-income community in Bronzeville. (Kathryn Quinn Architects)

U.S. Housing & Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro visited Chicago today to announce a clarification to the 1968 Fair Housing Act that officials say will improve access to affordable housing in cities across the country.

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Cincinnati’s newest police station is also one of the city’s greenest buildings

Rendering of Cincinnati's new Police District 3 headquarters, which officials say will achieve LEED Platinum. Local firm emersion led the design.(City of Cincinnati)

Rendering of Cincinnati’s new Police District 3 headquarters, which officials say will achieve LEED Platinum. Local firm emersion led the design. (City of Cincinnati)

Last week Cincinnati officials lauded the opening of a new police station that they’re calling one of the nation’s greenest buildings devoted to public safety.

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Here’s a bright idea: Tech firms wants to gather data through Kansas City street lights

A streetlight in Kansas City. (Daniel X. O'Neil)

A (regular, not smart) streetlight in Kansas City. (Daniel X. O’Neil)

Streetlights and lampposts are good for more than finding your way home and singin’ in the rain. Tech firms Cisco Systems and Sensity Networks plan to help Kansas City roll out smart lighting that can broadcast and share data with city agencies and private companies. Read More

Developers tap Perkins + Will principal to help redevelop site adjacent to Bertrand Goldberg’s River City

Bertrand Goldberg's River City, in Chicago. (S. N. Johnson-Roehr via Flickr)

Bertrand Goldberg’s River City, in Chicago. (S. N. Johnson-Roehr via Flickr)

Plans for 2,700 new homes along the Chicago River have some neighbors and realtors calling a long-vacant lot near the Willis Tower by a new name. “River South” refers to a few sites, among them: a 7.3-acre riverside parcel between Harrison Street and the River City condo complex designed by Bertrand Goldberg. Read More

Illuminating Detroit: 40,000 LEDs are installed ahead of schedule

Lighting, Midwest, Urbanism
Monday, June 22, 2015
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Detroit at night. (Steve Lietzau via Flickr)

Detroit at night. (Steve Lietzau via Flickr)

Detroit‘s Public Lighting Authority is bringing light back to some dim city neighborhoods, which have been expecting new LED streetlights by the end of the year. Read More

Watch OMA partner Ellen van Loon and MAB Development discuss the de Rotterdam tower

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

Last September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat invited me to serve as the special media correspondent for its Shanghai symposium, entitled Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.

I conducted video interviews with dozens of architects, developers, building managers, and others on topics relevant to tall building design and sustainable urbanism. Among the many designers, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed were Jos Melchers of MAB Development & OMA partner Ellen van Loon. We discussed the design of De Rotterdam, an innovative mixed-use development that won CTBUH’s 2014 Best Tall Building award for Europe.

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