the way we live

chicago spire update

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it’s been a couple of months since we talked about chicago’s mega project currently under construction, the chicago spire.  since then a series of subtle and slightly vague advertisements have been popping up everywhere around the city as seen below.

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the ads serve as teasers at this point, simply peaking interest and garnering attention as you can’t yet purchase units (not that i’m aware of anyways).  nonetheless, there is a relatively new official website for the project.  the website is a great resource to learn a thing or two about all things chicago spire.  additionally, you can find a few more comments over at creative review blog here.

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finally, i found a few interior renderings that i had yet to see (as pictured above).   while the space pictured is obviously one of the higher end units or hotel suites (judging by the size of the space, probably a fully floor penthouse unit or something similar) it is a gorgeous space with an equally stunning view.  i can only imagine what it would be like in a full floor unit with 360 degrees of city and lake skyline.

8 November 2007 Posted by | architecture, modern | 3 Comments

nyt trifecta

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the new york times had three articles over the past two days worth noting here, each was quite well-written and very informative.  the first is mark landler’s “high-priced oil adds volatility to power scramble” (picture above).  as oil prices approach $100 a barrel and 3,000,000,000 new customers “walk onto the scene” as author thomas friedman puts it (india, china, etc) and geopolitical relationships become increasingly tenuous it becomes ever more clear exactly how important investing in sustainable and renewable energy technologies.

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the second article is by matthew wald called “the carbon calculus.”  mr. wald’s article talks about the growing push for a carbon tax and how such a tax would affect the way we live and the world around us.  in fact, mr. wald argues that many companies are already budgeting for such a tax and if it were to get above $10 a metric ton (especially more than $25/ton) renewable energies not only become cost effective, but actually cheaper…today.

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the last article worth mentioning is “the antisuburbanites” by a series of three authors. “the antisuburbanites” is about exactly what it says it is about; it documents three different families, one in london, one in new york, and one in los angeles who manage to find enjoyable ways to live and raise a family in the urban setting.  it’s a fascinating article filled with a bunch of great architectural subtones.

8 November 2007 Posted by | architecture, green, society, technology, urban planning | Leave a comment

twenty2wo

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my old housemate, adam, formerly of the awesome blog perpetural-elaboration has a new blog up in running in conjunction with his ongoing digital portfolio.  speaking of, he’s got new photo books and other artwork available for purchase at twenty2wo.com. go have a look for yourself.

8 November 2007 Posted by | architecture, society, technology, web 2.0 | Leave a comment