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  • Sixth Sense: Meet Steven Fifield

    On a cool, spring Chicago morning, Steven Fifield instinctively sits cross-legged and assumes a meditation pose on a grassy rooftop at Left Bank at K Station, his firm's newest high-rise apartment community. The impromptu gesture surprised the MFE photographer, but actually makes perfect sense to...

  • History Revisited

    The Parc Rittenhouse building has been renovated so often since its 1925 construction that Philadelphia-based developer Allan Domb and architect Jim Garrison didn't know what they would find when they made plans to turn it into 266 condominiums. The historic building, which was once the Penn...

  • In Living Color: Packard Lofts

    What's an architect's worst nightmare? The sight of a historic building's original façade buried beneath layers of shoddy cover-ups surely ranks high on the list.

  • Mirroring Growth

    “On the road to recovery” summarizes the current Twin Cities rental market. After several years of stagnant rents and above-market equilibrium vacancy rates, the market is again moving in the right direction. The first quarter vacancy rate this year was 4.4 percent, down from 5.6 percent a year...

  • Shade at Desert Ridge

    Shade at Desert Ridge was conceptualized as a “horizontal mixed-use community,” a desert-inspired enclave of mostly three-story walk-up flats and town-homes, plus one four-story elevator-served building. The 342-unit development's master planner and architect, Southern California-based TCA...

  • Private Parties

    Archstone-Smith chairman and CEO R. Scot Sellers says his company has always been committed to maximizing value for its shareholders. Never was that more accurate than on May 29, when the Denver-based REIT announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to be acquired for $60.75 per share by a...

  • Act of Faith

    Sometimes you've just got to have faith. How else could you successfully turn a church into student housing on a tight 3-acre site in less than 18 months? The developers of Sanctuary Lofts in San Marcos, Texas, did just that, thanks to a little bit of belief in their vision and a whole lot of...

  • Lighten Up

    When developer Walker Robinson decided to turn the site of an automobile repair shop into high-end residential condominiums, he knew he was building for a tough crowd in Manhattan's West Chelsea art gallery district.

  • Rejuvenation Station

    In 1931, the Texas & Pacific station welcomed rail passengers to Fort Worth with Art Deco elegance. The lobby was resplendent with marble floors, gilded ceilings, and extravagant chandeliers. In addition to serving passengers, the building included 11 floors of office space.

  • Billion-Dollar Plans