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Tale of the two-flat
Skip the skyscraper! The most interesting building in Chicago is tied to its neighborhoods and its working class. We take you to North Lawndale, where a building's story is told by the people who lived there, from 1920 to today. (Photo of two-flats in Lincoln Square courtesy Eric Allix Rogers via Flickr.)
+Chicago Public Media, August 2014.


Sustainable design beyond LEED
In 14 years, LEED has gone from fringe to mainstream. But the coveted environmental certification has come under fire in recent years. At this crossroads for green building, I survey the latest horizons in sustainable design metrics.
+Image: Baietan urban master plan, China. (Courtesy Skidmore Owings and Merrill)
+The Architect's Newspaper—in print June, online July 2014.


Toni Preckwinkle Isn't Running for Mayor—Now What?
Rahm Emanuel’s strongest potential challenger is out of the race. Here’s a look at what that means for Chicago’s 2015 mayoral election.
(Image: Toni Preckwinkle on July 15, 2014, confirming that she won't be running for mayor of Chicago. Courtesy E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune.)
+Chicago Magazine, July 2014.


Chicago's red "X": Meaning, myths and limitations
Large metal "Red X" signs, placed on some of Chicago’s most dangerous vacant buildings, are meant to save lives — but is everyone getting the message?
Photo: I talk to Earl Liggins in front of his Englewood home. There are more than 50 Red X buildings within a half-mile of his house, which he fixed up a few years ago. (Courtesy Shawn Allee).
+Listen to the radio / podcast story on Soundcloud.
+Chicago Public Media, June 2014.