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Brick and Mortar

Thought leadership and reflection on Design-Build
and the commercial real estate development industry

February 25, 2016
Bob Fessler: The New Guy Has a Familiar Face
“Come join us and further our reputation as Cincinnati’s premier urban developer.” She said it with conviction, and I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. (more)

August 25, 2015
Rob Gage: Business Is Rocking In Music City
When most people think of Nashville, they conjure hazy visions of honky tonks and well-worn cowboy boots. Maybe they think of the piping hot biscuits and crispy fried chicken at Loveless Café. But these days, more and more people have big business in mind when they think of Middle Tennessee. (more)

March 30, 2015
Jerry Tepe: 2015 – A Look Ahead
The 1980s delivered a song that serves as a good description for the era: The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades. Some current events might sound and feel like the 80s – the price of oil is low, employment is high, and Michael Keaton is back in the movies as a (washed up) superhero. I’m not reaching for my Ray-Bans yet, but there are a few trends that give 2015 a sunny outlook. (more)

October 4, 2014
Jim Neyer: A Home in the Heart of the City
I’d like to introduce you to a scenario that is becoming quite popular in Cincinnati.

Picture it – a young couple in their early 30s. They moved to the Queen City three years ago when a Fortune 500 employer transferred them to the region, and the couple decided to set up house in the Central Business District. She likes the neighborhood because the riverfront parks are a great place to sneak in a morning run before work. He loves the phenomenal dining options that are only steps away from their apartment, as well as the many cultural and entertainment activities hosted in Washington Park. During the work week it’s easy for this couple to meet up for lunch on Fountain Square or catch an evening baseball game at Great American Ball Park. (more)

May 29, 2014
Dan Ruh: What Was Old Is New Again
The concept of the planned community is older than these 50 United States. New Haven, Connecticut is the oldest planned city in the country, designed in 1638 by English Puritans who delivered the now commonly known Nine Square Plan. Planners created eight streets in a four-by-four plan that centered on a common area called the New Haven Green. (more)

December 6, 2013
Rob Thrun: The Method Behind The Madness
Architects are often asked to describe the design process, usually during an interview with a prospective client. While hard to define, the process is a result of a series of steps that intend to uncover the heart of our mission – to develop a place that represents our client’s vision and goals, a design that helps the people inside achieve their own successes. (more)