Map It Up!

Our first LAMP public open house brought in hordes of West Lakeviewians for a fun filled day of activities, community visioning, and croissants.  Here is what you missed.

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Little m Back in Big D

I will be back in Dallas to lecture at the Spring Thing Sustainable Design Conference on Wednesday, May 19, 10:30a at Janus Et Cie (1525 Hi Line Drive).  See you down there!

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Tonatiuh Interested In Tax Rebates

Tax season is the perfect time to bring up some good news and excellent reasons to make sustainable upgrades to your residential properties.  Two related tax breaks, both products of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are available to all property owners. The first – generically named the Residential Energy Property Credit –…

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Filter Underway

Construction at Filter has started!  The walls have been framed, rough plumbing and electrical are complete, and major ductwork has been installed.  Completion is scheduled for the end of the year.

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Dallas Lecture (UPDATE 11/02)

I will be lecturing at the Celebration of Sustainable Design on Thursday, October 29, 10:30a at the Dallas Design Center (1617 Hi Line Drive) and contributing to a panel discussion on design branding at 1:30p (same location). See you down there!

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Out of the Labyrinth (UPDATE 10/02)

UPDATE (10/02): We have been approved for permit!  Construction to start Monday, 10/05! UPDATE (09/22): The plans are out of plan check.  We only have a few minor issues to clarify with the Department of Buildings.  With any luck the plans will be approved for permit at the end of next week 09/25. Filter has…

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Zoning Woes

The building that will be housing the new Filter hit a bit of a snag in the Department of Zoning, which is why you haven’t heard from us in a while. Rest assured, though, the Zoning Board of Appeals has given the building a green light and we had a successful preliminary intake meeting with…

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Filter Cafe

Filter Cafe is getting a new space, and we are designing it. The Wicker Park stalwart coffeehouse was displaced by BofA from the Flatiron building at six corners. The project is on pace for LEED-CI, certified level! Filter Cafe update: We will be wrapping up construction drawings in the next two weeks, after which we will submit to…

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Brick Veneer is Wasteful, The Gingerbread House of Architecture

After passing the third new construction, four-story, brick condo building on just one block this afternoon, I commented to my friend that we have to stop using brick veneers in Chicago. It partially made sense when we used it for structure to hold up the floor and roof above (or to an extreme example seventeen floors…

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