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 February 26, 2012 by Rob Cassidy
We're going to be sending out the 2012 Giants 300 survey later this week. Look for a notice on www.BDCnetwork.com. In the meantime, this is a call for "splendiforous" cover photos from Giants 300 firms. We're looking for great photos of your recent projects (2011-2012 completion). Include data on...
Posted on December 21, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Two good articles on rental apartments in today's 12-21-11 Wall Street Journal. "Big Developers Dabble in Apartment Market," by A.D. Pruitt and Dawn Wotapka, tells of 25.3% bump in multifamily construction starts in November vs. October. Key point: commercial office/retail property developers like...
Posted on October 17, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Recently, I gave a talk to some 75 architects under the title “Winston Churchill and You: Lessons from the Life of the Greatest Statesman of the 20th Century.” My talk was based on 10 points culled from the excellent short biography “Churchill,” by Paul Johnson. Here are 10 Lessons from the life of...
Posted on June 09, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Man up*, America’s Building Teams! The gauntlet has been thrown at your feet. The fighting words have been issued. It’s dueling BIM models at sunrise. There’s no longer any excuse for not at least trying to build a net-zero (or near net-zero) energy building. (*OK, before I get hammered as a sexist...
Posted on May 24, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Building Design+Construction is looking for a Senior Technical Editor to join our Editorial Staff in beautiful Arlington Heights, Illinois. Candidates must possess a minimum Bachelor of Architecture degree or equivalent; practical experience as an architect, preferably in commercial/institutional...
Posted on May 18, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
In her 1859 book “Notes on Nursing,” Florence Nightingale called unnecessary noise in hospitals “the most cruel absence of care.” A century and a half later, her message still seems to be falling on deaf ears, as noise has become one of the biggest patient complaints against...
Posted on May 04, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
“Zero and Net-zero Energy Buildings + Homes,” a 64-page White Paper that proclaims “the next frontier in the green building movement,” will be the topic of a 1-hr Q&A with 6 “NZEB” experts at the AIA Conference + Expo, Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at...
Posted on April 22, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
Thanks to the hundreds of our loyal audience members who watched our “Greening the Campus” webcast on April 21. We hope you gained some insights from our distinguished panel of experts: Bob Koester (Ball State), Angela Halfacre (Furman), Richard Johnson (Rice), and Chris Ramey (U of...
Posted on April 05, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
They’re all “world middleweight cities” that are likely to become regional megacities (10 million people) by 2025—along with Dongguan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Wuhan (China); Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Jakarta (Indonesia); Lahore (...
Posted on March 14, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
I have a confession to make: Two years ago, when we first considered the topic of our eighth White Paper on Green Buildings, I was less than enthusiastic about devoting 40,000 words and months of staff time to “Zero and Net-Zero Energy Buildings + Homes.” I just didn’t believe in...

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