”Chicago Lakeside Development is an ambitious urban development project that plans to transform a vacant former home of a steel mill into a frontrunner in sustainable city planning. In this video, Doug Voigt, SOM Director of Urban Design and Planning, and Ed Woodbury, President of McCaffery Interests, discuss Chicago Lakeside’s win of the 2012 Sustainia Community Award.”
"Happy Tuesday" - Paris
theclothdiary asked: Hey, love your ud blog. Are you a student...or professional in LA by any chance?
Thank you! Hopefully everyone doing creative city things will find some inspiration here. I’m an urban designer - you can find me on Twitter @mackenziekeast
Rooftop soccer in Tokyo. Creative use of vertical density is essential.
Commissioner’s Map of 1811 for City of New York establishing street grid up to 155th Street. Read article in Urban Times: How We’ve Ignored the Complex Simplicity of the Manhattan Street Grid
Eighth and Peral, Boulder, Colorado
This challenging mixed-use project is located at Eighth and Pearl Streets, three blocks to the west of Boulder’s Downtown Mall. Retail uses on the ground floor provided new homes for four local businesses including a bakery/cafe. Offices, including Wolff Lyon Architects’ home, are located on the second floor. There are five residential townhomes with front porches and small gardens. Landscaped upper and lower terraces provide the internal circulation to each suite. Forty parking spaces are cleverly hidden on-site with many of them located in a garage built into the hill. Roof-top terraces provide fine views of the Flatirons. Designed to respond to Boulder’s historic platting of 25’ wide lots, there are subtle changes in brick color and building articulation, which help the new structure fit into the existing neighborhood. The building is one of the first to be built in Boulder’s Business Main Street zoning district which Wolff Lyon helped craft with city planners. Finally, this mixed-use project provides a transition from the commercial character of Pearl Street to the traditional development patterns of the historic Mapleton Hill district.