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Can cities make us healthier?

Amid all the discussion about the future of healthcare, there’s a side discussion that’s gaining momentum. Healthcare is one thing; health is another. Talking about health means addressing the way we live, work, consume – forming a discussion around prevention rather than treatment. If we really want to reduce the cost of healthcare, prevention is the big opportunity.

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What Will it Take to Make Navy Pier a Real Place?

The Gensler-designed Family Pavilion, immediately inside the Pier’s front doors, will be refreshed and de-cluttered, extending the marketplace feel of the redesigned South Arcade but with a greater focus on retail. The focus will be on showcasing all things Chicago. Image © Gensler

In 1916, Navy Pier was the only pier built of the original five called for in Daniel Burnham’s plan for the city of Chicago. Deemed “The People’s Pier,” Navy Pier has seen several incarnations since its construction, from temporary jail to college campus. After a massive reconstruction in the early 1990s, the Pier has been Chicago’s warm-weather playground, positioned in one of the most unique settings in the world between the Great Lakes and a stunning city skyline. Visitors come from around the country to ride its Ferris Wheel, enjoy maritime offerings, and explore its children’s museum, to name a few. These 50 acres on Lake Michigan are the most popular tourist attraction in the Midwest, hosting over 8.5 million visitors a year.

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Unlocking Building Value Through Repositioning

It’s still a very slow commercial office market on the West Coast of the United States, so when people see an office building project under construction, they start asking questions, placing calls: “what’s going on there?,” “who’s doing that?,” “In this economy?” Insightful property owners in this market look for and can find opportunities that unlock value now and will pay dividends as the economy recovers. Updating an aging or otherwise poor building asset in your portfolio when construction costs are at a low-point, is one of those opportunities.

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Tohoku, Part 1

Almost a year ago Japan suffered damage caused by an incredibly strong earthquake and tsunami. We all learned what transpired during that period from images of the destroyed Fukushima Nuclear power plant, constant videos on YouTube of the tsunami wave, and stories about the subsequent loss of life and widespread destruction. Initially I thought that I had a pretty good perspective of what occurred, but I soon learned that I had no concept of what really happened.

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Beyond the Gap between Art and Architecture

Over the course of my career I have had the opportunity to work with several artists on public art projects that attempted to bridge the gap between art and architecture. The projects ranged from Acconci Studio's Newtown Creek project, in Brooklyn NY, which ushers the exterior environment into the visitorscentre, to Dennis Oppenheim's Ventura Bus Home, Ventura CA, where the bus shelter transforms from a bus to a home conceptually joining public and private space. This past year I was involved in a project with Gensler's Education and Culture Studio which did more than bridge a gap; it literally sliced right through the architecture.

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