Category Archives: Green design

Introducing “Rooftop: Second Nature” — Remarks at the Opening Reception, 9 Feb. 2017

Nature within the urban landscape is simultaneously close at hand and hidden from view — a paradox of proximal obscurity. Yet its myriad forms are as diverse in kind as their human denizens. City parks, urban farms, back yards, forest … Continue reading

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Photography, Sustainability, & Urban Design: “Rooftop: Second Nature” Opens 2/9 at RU’s Gage Gallery

Photographs by Brad Temkin February 9 – May 6, 2017 Opening reception and talk by Brad Temkin Thursday, February 9th, 5-7 p.m. Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL (312) 341-6458 Statement from the Artist “Rooftop: Second … Continue reading

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STARS on the Chicago Skyline

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Action Research at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm

Many of the writing and research assignments I give my students at RU are fairly straightforward and prescriptive. I give them a lot of concrete guidelines and freedom to choose a topic; they crank out the work; and then I … Continue reading

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RU’s Wabash Building Reviewed by the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin

The new 32-story Wabash Building has gotten a lot of buzz within the Chicago architecture scene the last few months as its official ribbon-cutting on May 5th approaches. Today’s lengthy review in the Chicago Tribune by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural … Continue reading

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An Urban Nature Adventure

This past Saturday, June 11th, students in my PLS 392 Seminar in Humanities online summer course at Roosevelt University took an “urban landscapes” field trip to Chicago’s near Southwest Side, where we visited two city parklands: Canal Origins Park on … Continue reading

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Killing Turfgrass at RU’s Schaumburg Campus

After April’s prescribed burn of the detention pond wetland, more changes in the Robin Campus landscape are in progress this May. The following update is from landscape architect Bill Bedrossian, of Bedrock Earthscapes, who is heading the campus redesign project … Continue reading

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Sustainable Landscape Design and RU’s Campus Plan

On Thursday, Feb. 17th, landscape architect Bill Bedrossian of Bedrock Earthscapes visited Mike Bryson’s SUST 210 The Sustainable Future class in Schaumburg and gave a special guest lecture on green landscaping practices. Bill is working with a faculty/staff/student green campus … Continue reading

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Greening the Schaumburg Campus: A Presentation

  During the Week 4 Thursday class session for my SUST 210 Sustainable Future class in Schaumburg, we will have a guest presentation by landscape architect Bill Bedrossian of Bedrock Earthscapes. Bill is working with a faculty/staff/student green campus committee … Continue reading

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Joliet Junior College’s Green Opportunity in Downtown Joliet

            Last week as I walked down Chicago Street in downtown Joliet on my way to work, a giant crane — the jaws of its bucket suspended high in the cold gray winter sky — began the demolition of The … Continue reading

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