2014 Loop Placemaking Initiatives at Chicago Loop Alliance annual meeting

The Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) held its 2014 Annual Meeting (called Loop Du Jour) at the Blackstone Hotel on February 14, 2014. I am on the Placemaking Committee of the CLA, and from… Continue reading

Accenture Global Workplaces Project

Accenture is a global leader in the technology management, consulting, and outsourcing business. In the Spring of 2013, Accenture approached ID to envision the consulting workspace of the future. Over the course of the… Continue reading

New wayfinding for the city of Chicago

Urban wayfinding has not changed much since the 19th century when the first cities were planned. Lou Raizin is the President of Broadway in Chicago, and one of the key people involved with Elevate Chicago,… Continue reading

O’Hare Project with Choose Chicago

In Fall 2013, Choose Chicago came to ID to explore new ways to improve tourism in the city. Choose Chicago has been nominated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the new official tourism organization for Chicago… Continue reading

Brazil Immersion Program

Immersion Programs at the IIT ID are growing. In 2013, we did a Brazil Immersion Program. The program saw 10 ID students work with executives from  Itaú Unibanco’s Wealth Management Services group in Sao… Continue reading

Designing Policy Workshops in NYC and Boston

Continuing from the workshop in Chicago, my colleague Laura Forlano and I hosted similar workshops in NYC and Boston. The workshops are made possible because of a small grant from the Urban Communication Foundation.… Continue reading

Wired features 2013 Design Fellows with a project done in my class

Aaron Otani (MDes 2014) is an IIT Institute of Design student. This semester he received a very interesting offer – to be one of the 12 Design Fellows working with Kleiner Perkins Caufield… Continue reading

John Tolva calls for a new kind of urban architect

This is a great piece in the Atlantic Cities that asking what an Urban Architect of the 21st century should look like. Tolva’s answer is very similar to the work I am doing… Continue reading

BMW Guggenheim Lab’s Public Private survey

Here is an amazing project by the BMW Guggenheim Labs. They bill it as a game but in reality it is just a beautifully designed survey. However the survey does get into the… Continue reading

Tall buildings as interactive surfaces

Tall buildings have always fascinated us. A new project by a professor at Drexel, puts the game Pong on the 29 storey CIra Center in Philadelphia. This is of course not the first… Continue reading