• Modern Interior Design Trends 2012: Eco -  Friendly Design Modern Interior Design Trends 2012: Eco - Friendly Design

    Interior Design Trends 2012: Eco-Friendly Design–After this week’s IntDesignerChat via Twitter full of awesome designers and industry personas, we decided to take to our blog and discuss the current topic, eco-friendly and sustainable design. Current times and modern trends are focusing more and more on minimizing one’s carbon footprint by ditching energy-consuming lighting and appliances, excessive waste, and non-recyclable materials. We live in a time and society that has made going green super trendy and equally affordable.

  • Bike on By Bike on By

    The community planning process to convert the elevated rail line known as the Bloomingdale Trail into a public park and recreational path is underway. The three mile embankment, twice the length of New York’s High Line, will feature five access points from adjacent pocket parks, as well as eight access points from intersecting streets. The trail winds through Chicago’s Logan Square, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, and Bucktown neighborhoods.

  • Preserve or Prolong? Preserve or Prolong?

    With the Charles and Ray Eames House taking a cornerstone position, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) launched the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) in March. The institute is hardly new to architectural preservation, but the GCI’s honed expertise makes them especially qualified to take on the kind of preservation conundrums that plague modern architecture as, for example, the Eameses’ use of untested-by-time mass produced flooring or Corbusier’s use of concrete. For now, the focus is on the inaugural project.

  • Getting It Right in the Queen City Getting It Right in the Queen City

    America has a deep-seated anti-urban streak, which happens to dovetail, in the eyes of many, with a mistrust of government at every level. The Republican presidential primary has flared with anti-urban rhetoric, which is particularly shortsighted given the still-weak state of the economy, one in which urban areas are bouncing back faster than their rural and exurban counterparts. That cities are the country’s economic engine seems obvious almost to the point of being self-evident, so why is it still seen as politically advantageous to denigrate urban areas? And why are urbanists so bad at making the case for cities with the public?

  • Walk This Way Walk This Way

    To the architect Max Bond, social equity was a core value and so was design integrity. And the new J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City, named for the architect who died in 2009, will actively spread the word through collaborative research projects, design advocacy, leadership development, and education programs at its new home within the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.

  • World’s Largest Underground High-Speed Rail Station World’s Largest Underground High-Speed Rail Station

    Meant to connect Hong Kong to Beijing, the Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus is said to become the largest underground high-speed rail station in the world. This stunning modern concept was designed by Andrew Bromberg of international architecture studio Aedas and its completion is programmed for 2015.