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October 7, 2020

Lucien Lagrange: An 'Outsider' Classicalist In A City Shaped By Modern Architecture

Lucien Lagrange said he has felt like an outsider for decades. The still-active 80-year-old architect made his mark mostly in Chicago, a city with a skyline shaped by the modern style of Mies van der Rohe and his many devotees.

But early in life, Lagrange, the French-born son of a mason, fell in love with an older Chicago, the pre-World War II city of Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham and the many graceful apartment buildings that stretched north of downtown on Lake Shore Drive. He appreciates well-done modernist architecture but decided to create buildings with touches of decoration, style and the classical grace he often saw in his beloved Paris.    

“I prefer something with depth and warmth to it,” he said.

Lucien Lagrange: An 'Outsider' Classicalist In A City Shaped By Modern Architecture

Although Lagrange works all over the U.S. and overseas, his best-known projects, and the ones he is most passionate about, are high-end residential skyscrapers in Chicago.“I think it’s true that he’s something of an outsider in Chicago, given the importance of the modernist ethos there, but I think that can…

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In The Thick Of The Restaurant Die-Off, Teriyaki Madness And Others Open New Locations

Against stiff headwinds besetting the restaurant industry since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a few brands are managing to open new locations. One is Teriyaki Madness, which says it will open 15 more locations this year on top of 12 that it has already opened during the pandemic.

In The Thick Of The Restaurant Die-Off, Teriyaki Madness And Others Open New Locations

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How COVID Is Making Some Developers Adjust Their Projects

As the conversations around long-term decisions start to percolate again after a six-month pause, some of the ways the coronavirus pandemic has adjusted new and upcoming developments are coming into focus.

Developers and landlords are scrambling to respond to shifts in the way people live and work and shop in future developments, from increasing apartment sizes to accommodate home offices, to pouring more money into technology and infrastructure to combat future pandemics.

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Origin Stories: How A Pandemic Brought Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Walter Okoroanyanwu (Back) To CRE

 

This series delves into the myriad ways people enter the commercial real estate industry and what contributes to their success.

When developer and property manager Crocker Partners hired Dr. Walter Okoroanyanwu as its director of environmental health in July, it was a somewhat shocking indication of how the world was changing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Crocker enlisted Okoroanyanwu, an epidemiologist, to help improve the safety, wellness and sustainability of its 11M SF portfolio, bringing medical expertise and relationships to try to answer questions about how to protect tenants from disease.

Appointing a doctor to guide design and property management decisions was unprecedented, according to Crocker, but Okoroanyanwu has a background in CRE that made the transition from medicine to real estate smoother.

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