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Entries in Commercial Office Buildings (19)

Wednesday
Mar292017

Reimagining an American Icon

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For nearly 25 years, Willis Tower (long known as the Sears Tower) held the distinction of being the world’s tallest building, standing as a symbol of American might and engineering ingenuity. Today visitors queue up to soak in magnificent panoramic views of the city from the 103rd-floor observation deck of Chicago’s soaring black skyscraper that continues to be a point of pride for Chicago. At ground level, however, something is noticeably absent. The tourists come and go, but rarely linger. People who work in the building often walk blocks away to grab lunch or take a break from their offices. And at night, the block is much less active than during the day.

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Thursday
Oct202016

Office Amenities Galore Coming to Chicago’s West Loop

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Chicago’s West Loop has quickly transformed from meatpacking district to the see-and-be-seen urban destination for creative, tech and office-rise, warehouse-style buildings with unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline. It’s a draw for people looking for a dynamic urban neighborhood replete with Michelin starred restaurants and loft-style housing, all within a ten minute walk of The Loop. New hotels including the recently-opened Soho House and upcoming Nobu Hotel, Ace Hotel and Hoxton Hotel will further diversify the neighborhood offering to make the West Loop a destination to live, work and play for Chicago residents and tourists alike.

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Wednesday
May042016

Transform, Revitalize, Refresh

Tailored design interventions can position existing properties for long-term success.

Discussions about office buildings usually revolve around the businesses that will inhabit them. But at the root of these tenants is their human capital: the individuals that choose to work at these organizations. Employees today seek a connected work environment, one that offers proximity to a host of amenities, such as food, errands and even exercise.

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Tuesday
Mar222016

Seeing Through the Hand: Why Drawing Remains Relevant in the Design Process

Concept Sketch, Syracuse University, S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Renovation

Drawing. We’ve all done it. So why is it the exception not the norm in design today. Architecture and design schools have, for the most part, stopped teaching hand drawing, so students don’t regard it as an integral part of the thinking process. Now that computers can create just about any virtual and real-looking environment, drawing is perceived as old-fashioned and slow. Contemporary culture pushes us to celebrate the newest approaches and the latest and greatest gadgets, devices and software. This is unfortunate, because while drawing currently resides on the “out” list, it should be a go-to tool for all designers. Instead it’s become the refuge of senior designers like me, who still appreciate drawing’s capacity to incite creative thinking and engender high levels of understanding.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

The 3D Printing Revolution 

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We’re always being told that the world is constantly changing and that innovation is increasing at an ever growing rate. This is true for the most part. Walk down the street and you’re likely to bump into someone who’s staring intently at a smartphone that 10 years ago was just an idea in Steve Jobs head. The ways we communicate, shop, and socialize are profoundly different than they were in the recent past, and further advances in fields from artificial intelligence to augmented reality mean much more change is still to come.

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