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 January 07, 2011 by Rob Cassidy
There is a growing sense among those who take sustainable design and construction to heart that building green buildings alone is not enough. We have to take their location into account, too.If you stick a LEED Platinum building out in the middle of nowhere, the building itself may be an energy...
Posted on December 07, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
The Urban Land Institute says the real estate world is about to enter an “Era of Less” in 2011, characterized by “a shrunken industry, lower return expectations, restrained development prospects, reduced credit availability, and crimped profits.” Yet there are a few glimmers...
Posted on November 12, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
The years 2000-2010 will be remembered as the Green Decade, when the green building movement, led by the U.S. Green Building Council, took root in the nation’s consciousness. Building Design+Construction has, through our annual White Papers on Green Building, advocated for a number of crucial...
Posted on September 21, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
Just how bad is the condo market? Some figures from a desperation ad from one Chicago developer: Studios were $237K, now from $189K - 20% off. 1BRs were $354K, now from $271K - a 23% cut. Plus a 4.25% rate on a 30-year mortgage, with as little as $5K down. Were these properties overpriced to...
Posted on September 10, 2010 by Rob Cassidy
For most of the last decade, we at Building Design+Construction have been advocating for the integrated Building Team: AEC professionals all working together to meet the needs of their clients—school districts, healthcare systems, real estate developers, colleges and universities, etc.—...