Design Review “Risks”

Design Review “Risks”
Design Review Risks

Presentations at past MDRN programs have dramatically illustrated a recurring suburban downtown development story – the struggle with both height and density — that has played out many times in recent years.  The pictures below show the architectural design trade-offs in a recent development on Central Street in Evanston

A five story condominium proposal was originally designed at the peak of the real estate market.  The proposed version (below, top) had extensive architectural detail, and articulated mansard rooflines.

architecture During the entitlement entitlement and design review process — which evolved over subsequent years  — the project was rescaled to four stories, but lost many of the proposed design details (above, bottom).  It’s often said that “time is money” — and in this instance quality architectural features were unfortunately sacrificed in adjusting to changes in the housing market.


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