Chicago, Illinois

Willis Tower, Largest LEED Platinum Building, to Switch to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

The Willis Tower in Chicago, once the tallest building in the world, is still making history in superlative terms.

October 7, 2020 - Commercial Property Executive

Boston, Massachusetts

Ambitious New Boston Common Master Plan Revealed

The oldest city park in the United States, used as a cow pasture until the 19th century, is slated for a major upgrade.

October 2, 2020 - The Architect's Newspaper

Major Milestone for Chicago-Area Land Bank

The Cook County Land Bank Authority recently participated in its 500th rehab project. Homeowners and entrepreneurs have benefitted along the way.

November 26, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Pasadena, California

Rose Bowl Property Ready for a Makeover

A famous local architect has been tapped to rethink the Rose Bowl's expansive property in Pasadena.

November 18, 2019 - Urbanize LA

Home Remodel

Home Improvements Expected to Slow Substantially in the Upcoming Year

It will be a quick transition from record spending on home renovations to a steep decline in spending, according to a new report.

July 22, 2019 - HousingWire

University of Illinois-Chicago

University of Illinois-Chicago Campus to Receive Makeover

UIC has laid out a master plan to rework "nearly every corner" of its campus. The goal is to accommodate more students and enhance the school's pride and identity.

January 10, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times

Tour Montparnasse

France's Most Contentious Building Getting a 'Green Makeover'

France's Most Contentious Building Getting a 'Green Makeover'

September 21, 2017 - Dezeen

GM Announces Renovation of Detroit's Iconic Renaissance Center

Detroit's most iconic building, the Renaissance Center, will soon get a major upgrade.

January 23, 2016 - Detroit Free Press

Washington, D.C. Renovations a Peculiar Shade of 'Flip-House Gray'

Washington, D.C. is awash in a layer of gray paint that has followed a wave of renovations that have followed the rising cost of housing. Washington City Paper peals away the paint to explore the origins and implications of the fad.

December 30, 2015 - Washington City Paper

Washington D.C. Row Houses

Washington D.C. Downzones to Curb Pop-Ups in Rowhouse Neighborhoods

Owners of rowhouse properties in Washington D.C. will no longer be able to add height and density by building pop-ups. The construction provoked the ire of aesthetically minded critics and, now, the regulatory controls of the District's zoning code.

June 10, 2015 - The Washington Post

Does Limiting Rowhouse Expansions Preserve, or Prevent, Affordable Housing?

The Washington D.C. Zoning Commission is considering a proposal to limit the ability to convert or expand rowhouses. The proposed ordinance has provoked controversy about the effect of the law for the city's supply of housing.

January 22, 2015 - Washington City Paper

Dubuque Iowa Historic Millwork District

This Dubuque, Iowa Master Plan Is a Rust Belt Victory

The Historic Millwork District Master Plan, approved in 2009, provides exemplary solutions in historic preservation, parking requirements, and environmental standards, all now rewarding the city of Dubuque, Iowa with economic development.

July 3, 2014 - Andrew Dresdner

Washington D.C. Row Houses

Proliferation of 'Pop-Ups' Irks Washington D.C. Neighborhoods

Washington D.C. is experiencing a "rush" on new construction of renovated townhouses or "pop-ups," which many say do not fit the character of the neighborhoods where they tend to proliferate.

June 23, 2014 - Washington Post

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