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 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...
Posted on February 06, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
OK, a little cheating on the question, as you'll see, but according to Susan Orlean, writing in the Feb 11/18, 2013 issue of The New Yorker, the answer is "Walmart stores." Here's what she wrote in a fascinating article, "Walart," about the artist Brendan O'Connell, who paints images from his...
Posted on January 30, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
  The deadline to submit a proposal to our new BD+C Conference/Expo, BUILDINGChicago, has been extended to Friday, Feb 15, 2013.     BUILDINGChicago, to be held Sept 10-12, 2013, in Chicago,  is sponsored by BD+C, AIA Chicago, USGBC-Illinois, The Building Association (Chicago...
Posted on January 28, 2013 by Rob Cassidy
We're getting lots of interest - and questions - related to our 8th Annual "40 Under 40" Competition. Some last-minute tips: 1 - Print out the Online Nomination Form itself and make that the first item in your completed application. 2 - Suggested format "flow": Printed Online Nomination Form,...