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Our Erie Street loft project is the center feature in CS Interiors Magazine.  Full article inside.

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Only a couple of weeks until official opening.  Some progress photos inside.  Check us out in Eater Chicago and Urban Daddy, too.

UPDATE (10/03): Passed health inspection today!

UPDATE (09/30): Opening date is Monday, October 10th!

 

 

 

 

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Last week, we revealed the initial designs for new public open space at 3400 North Paulina Street (formerly a tire repair shop, and now a vacant lot).  First mentioned in the Lakeview Area Master Plan, public open space at this site would attract shoppers from outside the neighborhood to the street and provide a gathering spot for local residents and shoppers.  During our research for the master plan, Lakeview residents ranked the need for more public open space as their top priority for the neighborhood. It outranked safety, parking, shopping options, and every other category by a wide margin. Open space at this location responds to that desire while creating a new public plaza and park at the Paulina Brown Line station.  Furthermore, open space at this site will surely help to make the rest of Lincoln Avenue more desirable to retailers and residential developers. (There are 5 other vacant lots within 1 block of the Paulina station and many underdeveloped properties.) It should also be obvious the inhospitable nature of residential units directly adjacent to an El platform. Doors closing, Southport will be next, doors open on the right at Southport. Oh, sorry, excuse the interruption.

Best of all, this is a project you can help make happen! Take this one question survey to support the plan for open space at 3400 Paulina.

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For the third year, we will convert our architectural studio (a former City-owned transformer station – 1754 West Byron Street) to a public art gallery for the 10th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk on Saturday, October 1st [11a-7p] and Sunday, October 2nd, [11a-6p].  In addition to some fabulous art, you will be sure to enjoy our keg of Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager, a savory sampling of delectables from Southport Grocery, and dessert lovingly prepared by the official Mom of moss.

Over 250 Artists and Businesses in 50 venues are participating in the 10th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in the Ravenswood Corridor.  This self-guided tour of open studios, galleries and spaces along the historic Ravenswood Corridor is the kick off to the Annual Chicago Artists Month.  Be sure to check out the other great events during RAW weekend, including a rooftop lounge and sculpture garden, film screenings, lectures and live performances.  A free trolley, with guided historical tour by a member of the Ravenswood – Lake View Historical Association, will transport visitors from one end of the event to the other.

In addition to our architectural work and new furniture creations, we will be featuring four other artists and designers who echo our sustainable ethos:

Lynn Basa
Heather Mullins
Devin Shea
TJ Thomas of Studio Murmur

We are reclaiming urban public space for people on PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 16, 2011 from 9am to 5pm.  The designed “PARK(ing) spaces”, metered parking spaces converted into temporary green parks, will be located in front of Southport Grocery, 3552 North Southport Avenue.  The ‘park’ will feature a bicycle repair station, live music, and a lawn for dining and enjoying the day.

In 2009 and 2010, moss Design converted parking spaces into temporary public space, which will be expanded this year to highlight the need for bike infrastructure and open space in Lakeview.  Earlier this year moss Design unveiled a sustainable master plan, prepared for the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and SSA 27.  Part of the plan was a call for more unique and accessible public open space.  This year’s PARK(ing) Day theme is a “Bicycle Comfort Station” featuring free food, live music, bike parking and repair, and relaxation areas.  Think of it as the mini-mart of the future.
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Things are moving along in Cherry Country at Brew.  Photos inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water Hazard is an ongoing architectural research project by moss.  We are studying water related issues to become better stewards of this most precious resource.  Below is the latest dispatch.

If you have been airborne over our country’s midsection, or just looked at a Google aerial you probably noticed the green circles that dot the otherwise brown scrub.  What are those?  Some kind of large scale version of Connect4?  An extreme close up of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte? Nascent efforts of an uncreative UFO crop circle team? Only when you’re at ground level do you find the culprit for those irrigated green discs.  The story of the green circles and the remediation efforts inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Thy Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP Flashback here) project has been bestowed with the American Planning Association award for community outreach AND top merit award from the International Downtown Association!!  Ah, most certain revelry will ensue filled with the finest spiced lamb shank, cloves, and hibiscus petals.  Big ups to our urban planning friends at PLACE Consulting!

Our third annual PARK(ing) Day installation at Southport and Addison is on Friday, September 16, 2011, 9a-5p (video above is a mashup from our 2009 park-ification).  This is totally going to be the best year yet!  On site bicycle repair, in-park dining tables, live music, and food.  Be sure to be there to help us re-imagine public space.  Missed our coverage last year?  Check this out.  Or our treatise on urban parking?  More to come.

Our newest homemade creation is now complete and ready for you to sit at.  The tabletop is live edge black walnut cut from a storm damaged tree in Willow Springs, IL (and lovingly planed, sanded, and stained by our friends at Strand Design), and the legs, designed by us and made in Pilsen by Art Metal Design Studio, are stainless steel.  Similar to our 100-mile table concept, no fish were harmed in the making of this piece.  Photos inside.

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