Overton Elementary School is seen in Chicago, Illinois, March 22, 2013. Chicago will close 54 schools and 61 school buildings by the beginning of the next academic year in the country's third-largest public school district, a move that union leaders called the largest mass closing in the nation. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)

Bronzeville gem slated to close as CPS reduces capacity

When I told a friend I was headed out to take photos of Chicago public schools, he replied, “Thats not sexy.” Unfortunately. everything I get hired to do isn’t glamorous. There was however, a pleasant surprise. Anthony Overton Elementary School, designed by Perkins & Will, is an architectural gem, which I hope is repurposed into something great, like housing or commercial space.

The sunsets in Waikoloa, Hawaii, March 2, 2013,

Big Island, Big Adventure

At the end of last month I took a few days to explore a part of the country I had never seen been. Although I had been to two Hawaiian islands before, this was my first trip to the Big Island, and it was bigger than I expected. Circumnavigating the volcanic isle took hours and the winding roads lead to long hikes like the one to a green sand beach and a midnight treacherous trek across a rocky expanse that led to an expansion on our 50th state.