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Despite some complaints from neighbors about turning the area into “another Wicker Park,” and others that the measure didn’t open the area up enough, aldermen gave initial approval to changes to the Kinzie Industrial Corridor that will allow new businesses in the corridor’s eastern edge west of the booming Fulton Market. As corporate headquarters, retailers, and restaurants have filled Fulton Market—a former meatpacking and food processing hub—the city is poised to somewhat extend the boom to allow new commercial uses in about four blocks of the corridor between Ashland and Ogden Avenues, and a northern sliver that extends to Damen. Aldermen on the city’s Zoning Committee unanimously approved the change Tuesday. It goes before the full City Council on Sep. 18. “There are some developers who want to make a lot of money and turn this area around at the expense of people’s jobs and businesses,” local Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th, said of reaching a balance of new development and protecting existing industries. “I know some people are not gonna like it . . . At the end of the day you have to do what’s right for the majority of the people.” While light manufacturers already ...

The 2019 AIA Expo’s best new products and digital tools

With over 750 exhibitors, the AIA Conference on Architecture is the premier event of the year to see the newest building products. We ventured to Las Vegas to speak to the building product manufacturers on the expo floor and discovered the latest materials and high-tech solutions. You’ll find highlights in openings, painting/coatings, software, acoustics, and more below. Enjoy! This unconventional daylighting solution brings natural light inside through a discreet aperture. The light tunnel provides diffused sunlight that runs all the way from the roof to the room below. Designed to fit floor-to-ceiling spans, this thermally broken window wall system is equipped with YKK’s patented Megatherm insulating gasketing system. It provides thermal performance for one-inch glazing (or ¼ inch infill using adaptors). PPG named Chinese Porcelain—a deep, saturated, navy blue—the 2020 color of the year. The hue is said to promote relaxation and tranquility in “the anxiety of a fast-paced world.” Paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams debuted 5 palettes of 45 colors to promote the ongoing trend of wellness. Combinations of neutral, nature-inspired hues are designed to foster healthy building environ...