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Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago

Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
A Chicago roof garden is lush and private, thanks to hardy plants, shoji screens, and well-camouflaged mechanicals.

Roof gardens can cool dense cities, making them more livable. This one, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, sits atop a five-story building and is reached by way of a spiral staircase on the penthouse balcony. Not only does the garden connect the owner to nature and a skyline view, it also thrives in a city famous for its strong winds and extreme seasonal temperatures.

The expansive terrace, designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, is a Midwest prairie in microcosm. Two steel and mesh pergolas—a smaller one leading into the garden from the rooftop’s service entrance, and a larger one sheltering the seating area—are connected by slate pathways that wind past ipe planter boxes and a meadow of perennials and ornamental grasses. Structural concerns and exposure to the elements, of course, make rooftop transformations tricky.


Via Lauren Moss, Paul Chappell
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Beautiful! Green topped-buildings. 

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Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:24 AM

Lincoln Park rooftop garden and deck. This design is like a slice of prairie on their roof and was very successful. The only element missing would be the edible portion for on site produce. Nice job. 

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Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts Solar Industry Dominance In 12 Years –Trajectories Are Exponential

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts Solar Industry Dominance In 12 Years –Trajectories Are Exponential | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Predicts Solar Industry Dominance In 12 Years
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Solar market shares doubles every two years

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A Modern Family Home in Kuwait - Design Milk

A Modern Family Home in Kuwait - Design Milk | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
A house that appears to be an intimidating fortress, but its solid facade was designed to protect a Kuwait-based family while embracing its freedom inside.
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A concrete fortress with plenty of patios and courtyards- what do you think?

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Puts Online 65,000 Works of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Puts Online 65,000 Works of Modern Art | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it


Early 20th century modernism often seems to come out of nowhere, especially when our exposure to it comes in the form of a survey of singular great works.
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65,000 works of art are online for your casual perusal

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How to grow fresh air

How to grow fresh air | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
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An arrangement of Areca Palm, Mother-in-law's Tongue and  Money plant will pump in oxygen and remove volatile chemicals from your home or office. Consider these three common plants the next time you're looking to add some green to your home

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America's Top 10 Next Hot Hood

America's Top 10 Next Hot Hood | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Jobs! Families! New construction! We've found the top 10 neighborhoods where everyone will want to live.
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The Loop is the 9th fastest growing neighborhood in America according to Realtor magazine.. What do you think of the news?

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20 ways to decorate with green

20 ways to decorate with green | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Go green at home with these fun ideas for decorating with the versatile color.
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If you're feeling green, let these many ways to incorporate the hue inspire you

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Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall's work highlighted in new book

Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall's work highlighted in new book | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
The work of early 20
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Meet Benjamin Marshall,  Chicago architect, "design impresario and rainmaker" who has helped shaped the city we know today

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The beauty of 'nanotecture' - BBC News

The beauty of 'nanotecture' - BBC News | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Twelve striking structures that celebrate small-scale 21st Century architecture.
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"Small architecture can be highly expressive, experimental and accessible."

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9 Projects That Feature Eye-Catching Windows

9 Projects That Feature Eye-Catching Windows | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Some of the most integral parts of a building are related to light and air. Windows, for example, can help transform a project into a mor
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What do you think of the unique use of windows at each of these projects?

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Chicago Architects: Why the City’s New Buildings Don’t Look Like Its Classics | WBEZ

Architects on why they build the way they do, and to what degree inspiration comes from the past.
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In a comparison of old vs new, architects discuss what relationship new designs should have with the architecture of the past.

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A Pair Of Childrens Bedrooms With Sophisticated Themes

A Pair Of Childrens Bedrooms With Sophisticated Themes | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Bedroom designs for kids can be as stylish and refined as their grownup counterparts.
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You'll see no use of primary colors in these flexible and timeless kid bedrooms

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Aging Spanish wine cellar transformed into a gorgeous contemporary stone home

Aging Spanish wine cellar transformed into a gorgeous contemporary stone home | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it

http://inhabitat.com/aging-spanish-wine-cellar-renovated-as-a-gorgeous-contemporary-stone-home/ This old dry-stone outhouse, once used for storing wine, spirits and meat, today functions as a cozy family home in Spain.

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A former wine cellar (and outhouse) was reinvented into a slate roof, stone home. Puns and jokes would be most welcome right now...

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Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses

Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it

Nearly 60 years ago, William Krisel did everything he could to break the monotony of tract housing. In the process, he proved that modernism could be both livable and affordable.

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He had a hand in the design of 40,000 modern tract homes

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‘Green Spaces’ Linked To Increased Human Lifespan — New Study

‘Green Spaces’ Linked To Increased Human Lifespan — New Study | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
A recently published study has revealed that people living around green spaces may experience relatively longer lifespans than those who do not. Findings of the
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Time to make your way to the nearest park!

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Gardens of Earthly Delight: 11 Outrageous Outdoor Spaces

Gardens of Earthly Delight: 11 Outrageous Outdoor Spaces | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Everything's gone green! In search of superb yards, we weeded out the pretenders and found some of the most splendid garden spaces currently for sale.
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Be inspired by these expertly crafted home gardens

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How To Design Happiness

How To Design Happiness | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Experts from Lippincott, Disney, and SoulCycle weigh in on how they craft happy experiences.
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SXSW event Designing Happiness discussed how to create happy experiences. Anticipation and memory making, comforting living things and a "kiss goodnight" are all things to consider! A puppy doesn't hurt either...

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Farming Gets High Tech in Bid to Offer Locally Grown Produce

Farming Gets High Tech in Bid to Offer Locally Grown Produce | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
A crop of startups have emerged in recent years to grow vegetables on city rooftops or turn old factories into indoor farms. But their quest for locally grown lettuce is running into challenging business realities.
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Urban farming start ups are raising millions of dollars but running into tech and logistic challenges...

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Not Your Neighbor’s Garden: 8 Alternative Plants That Pop

Not Your Neighbor’s Garden: 8 Alternative Plants That Pop | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
We spoke with area experts to come up with some unique alternatives that’ll pop your landscape and have your neighbors swooning.
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If you're looking for a unique look in your backyard, incorporate some of these alternative plants

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Can Building on Burnham Make Chicago’s River as Beloved as Its Lakefront?

Can Building on Burnham Make Chicago’s River as Beloved as Its Lakefront? | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
The mayor wants to make his urban legacy along Chicago’s long-neglected waterways and industrial corridors.
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Building on Burnham would make the Chicago River and its nearby industrial corridors recreational destinations like the 606 and the Riverwalk. Could you get behind the plan and its costs?

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Chicago River cleanup makes waterway safer for recreation

Chicago River cleanup makes waterway safer for recreation | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Treated for decades as little more than an industrialized sewage canal, the Chicago River is becoming a draw for kayakers and tourists.
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Long overdue pgrades at the O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant in Skokie are just the beginning of the plan to clean up the Chicago River

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Virtual Reality for Architecture Predicts Patterns, Drives Business Decisions

Virtual Reality for Architecture Predicts Patterns, Drives Business Decisions | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
The 2016 edition of SXSW Interactive had no shortage of virtual reality demos, including virtual reality as it applies to architecture. O
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Virtual reality in architecture allows full scale mock-ups for clients to make design decisions

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10 Modern Houses with Interior Courtyards - Design Milk

10 Modern Houses with Interior Courtyards - Design Milk | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
To let the daylight, fresh air, and nature in, think about including an interior courtyard or garden, like these 10 houses, to help brighten things up.
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Looking to employ an outdoor-indoor living space? Check out these ten interior courtyards

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Writers Theatre / Studio Gang Architects

Writers Theatre / Studio Gang Architects | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Completed in 2016 in Glencoe, United States. Images by Hedrich Blessing. Writers Theatre is a popular theater company in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe, Illinois. Founded in the back room of a bookstore in 1992, Writers has...
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An intimate look at the design behind Glencoe's Writers Theatre...

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Chicago Names Marina City an Official Landmark

Chicago Names Marina City an Official Landmark | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it
Long a defacto architectural landmark, Bertrand Goldberg’s Chicago complex is finally getting designation.
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Marina City to become an official Chicago landmark 

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15 Incredible Architectural Feats Made in Minecraft

15 Incredible Architectural Feats Made in Minecraft | A. Perry Design Lounge | Scoop.it

Minecraft has become prolificWith more than 70 million copies sold worldwide, it would be unfair to refer to Minecraft as just a simple game of textured boxes in a pixelated 3D...

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Minecraft has become prolific, and this collection of wildly detailed real world and historical reproductions shows off the game's limitless creative potential for kids!

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