Our city’s connection to Lake Michigan helps us value and protect it; seeing the River as public space will keep it cleaner and healthier for Chicago’s future.
Plumbing is a wonderful luxury we can sincerely appreciate every time we turn on a tap. Here’s how it works in three simple concepts.
Today, a nod to the Architects’ Small House Service Bureau, a design booster group from 100 years ago offering a lot of advice we can all still use today!
In construction terms, a setback means more than discovering an unexpected concrete beam where you wanted to cut a doorway. Today we discuss how they vary and what that means for design and construction projects.
Thumbing the office copy of Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language recently, I was struck by how many of his ideas center on the idea of diversity in design. Alexander argues against homogeneity at every scale, from that of room furnishings to the design of cities. He’s so right. Our homes, offices, public places and urban landscapes all…
This post salutes Luis Barragan, an influential Mexican Modernist who dared to create an emotional architecture.
This style is neither well known, nor wide spread, but you’ll know it when you see it! Today: Googie architecture.
You can now turn off your lights, dial up the heat, and make sure your house is locked … all at the touch of a button. What makes a modern smart home?
The building types of Chicago form the city around us. Today, how the Worker Cottage formed the back bone of 19th century urban growth.
Don’t despair: you can stay warm this winter even while you save energy. Here’s the secret formula!
When you spot one of the quaint Carnegie libraries that linger around America’s towns and cities, do you see them as a vision of great future library design? If not, you should.
This is one great solution that we like to suggest nearly everywhere. There is so much to love about wall hung toilets that we have to think really hard before specifying anything else. Here’s why!