As the fight to save the Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1972, played out I couldn’t help but think that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, especially because of their growth after World War II, have a large cache of mid-century modern buildings. Continue Reading Prentice – just the tip of the iceberg…
Across the country, amidst cries of protest, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is studying the idea of selling 4,400 public post offices. 78 are actually for sale today, while a few have already been sold. Continue Reading POST OFFICE CLOSURES – A PUBLIC AFFAIR?
“Any idiot can plan!” That is the response I have heard some critics and cynics give when asked what AICP stands for. Continue Reading Any Idiot Can Plan?
In his book The Skillful Teacher (2006), Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield states: “Teaching is about making some kind of dent in the world so that the world is different than it was before you practiced your craft. Continue Reading Teaching Planning and Policy: a First-Timer’s Perspective
The profession of Design is about to drastically change. If you’re an architect, engineer, planner or builder, the way you build is about to undergo some radical new transformations.Continue Reading What Hurricane Sandy teaches us about our built environment
The National Park Service has published their environmental assessment report outlining options for Richard Netura’s 1961 Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg. Their recommended fate for the building: demolition. This comes after two decades of argument and a three year lawsuit between preserving the building in place and removing the building to rehabilitate the battlefield beneath it.Continue Reading The Fate of Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg Has National Implications
Since the 1990s, Portland has not had parking minimums in much of the city, from the downtown core to more traditional neighborhoods with single family housing. Portland has been very proud of their no parking minimum. Portland has trumpeted this zoning policy as a shining example of why Portland is the City That Works!
Up until recently, it was very rare for a residential developer to build anything without off-street parking. Finally though, that is changing.Continue Reading Portlandia: Milquetoast Bureau of Planning Edition
As a planner and a former resident of the North University Park area, I have been very excited about the Village at USC since the proposal was first made public a couple of years ago. After all, this is a large-scale project that would replace University Village, a declining shopping center across from campus, with a brand new attractive mixed-use development consisting of retail/commercial uses, student and faculty housing, a hotel and conference center, and other related amenities. Continue Reading Village at USC: Good for the University and Los Angeles
What is one of the first things I consider when I’m working in a mixed-use district, whether I’m helping private sector developers strategize acquisitions, or diagnosing and suggesting improvements to an economically underperforming city?