Rob Cassidy

Rob Cassidy (“ClimateGrouch”) is editorial director of Building Design+Construction. A city planner, he is the author of several books, including “Livable Cities,” and was a co-founder of the Friends of the Chicago River.
Posted on December 08, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Last May, two young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, walked into a field outside their village for their nightly ritual: defecating in the open. This would be the last time the two girls would make such a journey. They were brutally attacked by a gang of men, raped, and hanged from a...
Posted on November 17, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
It’s been almost two years since 20 first-graders were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but these incidents, both planned and random, keep occurring. The latest took place October 24 in Marysville, Wash., where a high school student killed two students, before...
Posted on September 03, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
I got an interesting letter—yes, an actual letter, in an envelope, what a concept!—the other day from Ray Kogan, AIA, Principal of Kogan & Company, a management consulting firm in Arlington, Va. (Ray and his colleague, Cara Bobchek, will be conducting a half-day workshop at our BD+C "Under40...
Posted on August 29, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Goettsch Partners, the 100-member U.S. design firm headquartered in Chicago, recently informed the world that its Shanghai office of has been hired (with UK firm Benoy) by a developer in China to design a massive project that will entail five commercial towers totaling 450,000 sm in Shenzhen’s...
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
How safe is it to walk in America's cities? A report by Smart Growth America, "Dangerous by Design," found certain cities in Florida and elsewhere in the Sunbelt had acutely high rates of pedestrian fatalities over the last decade. The U.S. average annual fatality rate per 100,000 of commuters who...
Posted on June 08, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Just for the sake of argument, let’s put aside the rhetoric about climate change—whether it’s actually happening, whether it’s a result of manmade activity—and agree that we are experiencing some pretty dramatic weather events that are having huge impacts on populations here in the U.S. and...
Posted on March 26, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Most workdays, I ride the commuter train to my office. It’s a pleasant, half-hour trip, and I almost always get to stretch out on a seat made for two. Due to my advanced senectitude, I pay half-fare; with the tax writeoff of my flexible spending account, I save even more. But here’s the kicker: I’d...
Posted on March 04, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Before you get your shorts in a knot, I have nothing against science, technology, engineering, or even mathematics; to the contrary, I love all four “STEM” disciplines (I’m lying about the math).  But I question whether we need to be building K-12 schools that overly emphasize or are totally...
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
Good news: We've extended the deadline for entries for our 17th Annual Building Team Awards to Friday, March 14, 2014. Even better news: We've extended the "Early Bird" deadline to March 6, 2014. "Early Bird" means that, if you get a draft of your support statement to me (at rcassidy@sgcmail.com)....
Posted on February 05, 2014 by Rob Cassidy
 I've received several requests from BD+C readers who design and build K-12 schools about the 3-part series we ran in our January issue ("SPECIAL REPORT: Can Design Prevent Another Sandy Hook?"). They wanted to send the issue to their school boards and other public officials with...

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