1.21.2008

/// thorough right of ways


"The streets of our cities and towns ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams. They’re unsafe for people on foot or bike and unpleasant for everybody." - Complete the Streets Coalition


There will be a day when the streets will not only be ruled by motorized conveyances, a day when us human claim what is rightfully ours. With the help of organizations like the Congress of New Urbanism, American Planning Association, American Bikers Association, AARP and others, that day will soon come.

Local communities like Miami Beach and some Broward towns have started to endorse the idea of harmonizing the unsettled battle between pedestrians, bicycle riders and vehicles. Proposing thoroughfares that promotes ways with enhanced safety evenly balanced for the jogger, the rider and the commuter.

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1.18.2008

/// suburbanites in the city: Part VII - Minimalism

“This is no less true of steel and concrete [than of wood, brick and stone]. We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material, not on the material itself....New materials are not necessarily superior. Each material is only what we make it.” - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Mies is one of the precursors of modernism found his home here in Chicago, the city has the largest collection of Mies buildings anywhere, with a display of more than 20 buildings on the Illinois Institute of Technology only. The buildings are characterized by the sense of classical proportion expressed with modern structures and materials creating the most purest forms, a design where less is more.


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1.17.2008

/// suburbanites in the city: Part VI - Skyscrapers




“Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.” - Albert Einstein

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/// suburbanites in the city: Part V - Suburbs


Oak Park is the first suburb from Chicago, around the neighborhood you get a rural feel with streets and pathways that achieve pleasant walks. The main street is a more urban scenery where the buildings correlate with the space forming a pleasingly consistent whole. Contrary to general knowledge not all suburbs are grey, who knew!

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/// suburbanites in the city: Part IV - Amazing City






This is a pretty amazing city.

"Space is the breath of art"
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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/// suburbanites in the city: Part III - America's Most Famous Architect







A Selection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses and Studio Pics.

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/// suburbanites in the city: Part II - Spertus Jewish Museum




The Spertus Jewish Museum designed by Krueck + Sexton Architects (the same architects that did the interactive Crystal Fountain on Millenium Park) is one of the newest buildings in chicago that is worth seeing.

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/// suburbanites in the city: Part I - Millenium Park

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/// suburbanites in the city

Pindo and I are out on vacation to a city (Chicago to be exact)
We will be posting our experiences

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1.14.2008

/// A surprising difference...

People are nice in Chicago suburbs. They greet people when walking by, you don’t see that in Miami.
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1.01.2008

/// blurry shaped trees


It is a New Year and it started as a really hazy one,
the entire city has been filled with smoke.
For South Florida the fireworks business
has been a prosperous one this season.

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