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 May 30, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
A debate has been raging in the blogosphere over the last few months about an article in The New Republic, “If You Build It, They Might Not Come,” in which staff writer Lydia DePillis took Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to task for botching its effort to revitalize the Lower Ninth Ward of New...
Posted on April 28, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Go ahead, take a guess. 10,000? Way low. 50,000? You're still off by an order of magnitude. 100,000? Getting close. Give up? OK, it's 185,071. Here's the latest breakdown from the USGBC: LEED Professionals  LEED APs with specialty –  64,405 LEED APs without specialty – 89,...
Posted on April 13, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Thanks for your thoughtful responses to the post about the upcoming PBS special, ’10 Buildings That Changed America,’ hosted by Geoffrey Baer, in which I took exception (unfairly, I admit, not having see the show) to some of his choices, to wit: 1. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond. Thomas...
Posted on April 01, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
The other day we posted an announcement to the effect that PBS and the Society of Architectural Historians would be broadcasting a show on May 12 on '10 Buildings That Changed America,' hosted by Geoff Baer. We like Geoffrey (I don't know where the "Geoff" came in). His documentaries on the Chicago...
Posted on March 27, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
The U.S. Department of Energy is in the midst of an ambitious project to develop a “roadmap” that could help owners of the country’s small buildings (under 50,000 sf) slice their energy usage by 45% and trim $30 billion a year off their energy bills. But motivating the owners of 4.6 million...
Posted on March 13, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
It took him four years to get up the nerve to say it in public, but President Obama, in his State of the Union Address on January 21, finally used the phrase climate change. “For the sake of our children and our future,” he told the Congress and the nation, “we must do more to combat climate change...
Posted on February 21, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
We've got a great March issue in the works ... here's a preview of our Cover Story, "How to Win More Work from Community Colleges," by Contributing Editor Peter Fabris. 1. HELP YOUR CLIENT FIND COST SAVINGS. “Treat our projects as if you were spending your own money,” says Arlen Solochek, AIA,...
Posted on February 16, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
Our April 2013 cover story will be on "Charter Schools: New Trends, New Opportunities." If you or your firm is involved in designing or constructing Charter Schools, please send us information on: Recent charter school projects (last 18-24 months) - PDFs, press releases, low-res photos,...
Posted on February 14, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
New York City’s recent report on energy and water use in 2,065 commercial buildings (totaling more than 530 million sf) deserves a closer look. The extremely valuable data was gathered under Local Law 84, which required owners of large privately owned buildings to report their energy and water use...