Port Lust

I’m a constant real estate voyeur, despite being a long ways from homeownership– This week, I could not stop clicking on listings for empty waterfront lots in small port cities. I think a port might be the best place for me to straddle my opposing desires for both fresh (quiet) air and enough downtown bustle to keep me energized. A little floating home inspiration for an anchor-friendly lot:

1/ Amsterdam  2/ Finland  3/ Japan  4/ Lagos  5/ Maine  6/ Norway  7/ Ontario  8/ Seattle  (with a houseboat design how-to from the architect) 9/ Texas

Urban Design | Art + Play

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel made a press announcement today about the 77 new playgrounds going in this spring– I’ve been working like crazy on the designs for about half of them. In tandem with the mayoral announcement, here’s some recent inspiration for creative and playful urban spaces. Indian Boundary Nature Play Center (# 5), was an amazing first project to work on with the Park District last summer. It’s Chicago’s prototype for more adventurous parks.
-Kristen

1/ Timber Swing (Unbuilt), Ireland  2/ The Longest Bench, Sussex, UK  3/ Playground Crochet, Sapporo, Japan  4/ Appearing Rooms, Southbank Centre, UK  5/ Indian Boundary Nature Play Center, Chicago, IL  6/ Grosse Tete, Grigny, France  7/ Walker on the Green Minigolf, Minneapolis, MN   8/ Birds’ Nests, Vail, CO  9/ Slide Mantras, Sapporo, Japan

Incubator

Earlier this month, the University of Chicago Arts Incubator invited me to  lead an architecture and urban design workshop for teen arts leaders from throughout the city.  Teenagers are mind-blowing.

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