Windows connect us to nature, offer views, and natural light, and fresh air. Some history, technology and taxonomy of these essential building elements.
The Chicago Fire Cottage s were built from $100 kits, and originally featured pretty much just exterior walls and a roof. This one still stands today.
At its most basic, a wall is a vertical plane that divides one space from another, but why limit ourselves? Some ideas to stretch the definition of “wall.”
Today we meditate on the cycle nature of design – we shape our environment and then it shapes us – in so many intentional and unintentional ways.
AC is an easy knee jerk reaction to a hot day, but you should consider keeping your indoor temperature a little closer to the outdoor today. Here’s why
A basement isn’t a necessary element of an American home but in the midwest they are nearly ubiquitous. This underused space under your house could be the easiest (and most cost-effective) way to expand your living space (much more so than building up from the attic or expanding out into the back yard. Why do Chicago…
Reebie Storage Warehouse on Clark is a rare example of Egyptian Revival style and proof that Chicagoans have been overflowing their homes since the 20s.
Boston mayor Martin Walsh has withdrawn his city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Here’s why we think that was a smart choice.
In today’s post, we’ll explain why the balconies of the Marina City towers, featured last week, are so great (Hint: its not just because they are half round in shape) and some of the other features of a great tall building balcony.
We love the indoor outdoor living options afforded by Moss HQ. Here’s how to maximize your access to the outside this summer at home and elsewhere.
Last week, Marina City, won preliminary landmark status. Eye candy snaps and historical snippets celebrate this great building of Chicago.
With the first real heat of 2015 upon us (its about time, July), here’s a refresher course in keeping your cool with minimal energy.
Each design project is unique, but the process of design generally follows a well defined path. Here’s how we approach the process of design, from Program, and Field Measuring, through Schematic Design, Design Development, and Construction Documentation and on to Permits and Construction Administration. This series of posts will explore our approach to the design process and give you an idea of how we might handle a…