Category Archives: Architecture

McMansion Hell

New Jersey is a special state – so special, I could spend an entire year roasting McMansions in New Jersey alone. One house really doesn’t do it justice. Fortunately for y’all, I’ve selected 10 McMansions out of a million, to … Continue reading

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Lucas reaps bitter fruits of arrogance as Chicago museum plan collapses

Though the case never went to trial, Darrah is the real hero of this titanic struggle. Without him, Friends of the Parks was powerless. Also without him, the case could have set a dangerous precedent. It would have allowed the … Continue reading

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The House | SURE HOUSE

The SURE HOUSE started with a simple question: how can we design a home which both reduces its energy use and adapts to the realities of a changing, more extreme climate. Our answer emerged as a new direction in storm … Continue reading

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A Field Guide To Chicago NIMBYs

The origin of the term NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is a little hazy, but is believed to have originated with the hazardous waste disposal industry in the middle of the last century.  The term spread as rapidly as its … Continue reading

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The Bloomingdale Line

This article is not intended to be a history of the Bloomingdale Line; that has been covered elsewhere. Instead, the author examines how the Bloomingdale Line interacted with and affected the lives of Chicago citizens and businesses during its time … Continue reading

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