Density in the Suburbs | APA 2014 Conference

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  September 30, 2014

Lakota is a sponsor of this week’s APA-IL conference in Evanston, and we hope to see you there! Come see Scott participate in a panel discussion titled “Density in the Suburbs” on Wednesday at 1:00. The topic will be how to retrofit obsolete single use, suburban development into high density, sustainable development. As the program... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research

CANstruction: The Lakota Group Gorilla Wins the People’s Choice Award!

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  September 16, 2014

Did you happen to notice an 8-foot tall silverback gorilla tromping through the Merchandise Mart recently?  Then you may have seen the CANstruction Chicago 2014 entry designed and built by The Lakota Group and its teammates Valenti Builders and Myefski Architects.  “CANsanova Knuckle-Crushes Hunger,” took home the People’s Choice Award as well as the ribbon... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Awards + Accolades

Lakota Bullish about Downtown Kenosha

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  September 16, 2014

Scott was the keynote speaker at the annual State of Downtown Kenosha this week, where he told the audience of more than 100 people that the city had a unique asset to build on:  its streetcar infrastructure.  The event was reported in the Kenosha News under the headline “Boosters bullish about state of downtown Kenosha”... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research, In The News, Project Stories

Scott as Badger

By Becky Hurley  |  July 14, 2014

Scott was interviewed by his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, about his work as a landscape architect in the 20-plus years since he graduated.  Scott’s reflections about the practice of landscape architecture and how it has changed is worth a look, even for those who do not bleed Badger red.  Scott remembers that twenty... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, In The News

Battling Hunger with Creative Muscle

By The Lakota Group  |  June 30, 2014

You may have noticed them if you’ve walked through the Merchandise Mart sometime in late August through early September. They stand about 10 feet tall and resemble anything from a waterfall to Garfield to a hotdog. Of course, we are talking about Chicago’s annual CANstruction event. For the past several years, Chicago’s leading AEC firms... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Uncategorized

Visiting Detroit at the 2014 National Main Street Conference

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  June 4, 2014

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post – more than a year in fact. Well, I thought I’d make up for my extended absence from the keyboard by chronicling my attendance at the National Main Street Conference, held this year in Detroit – the “Motor City!” – a place I’d come... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

Lakota, LAbash and the Future of Landscape Architecture

By The Lakota Group  |  April 23, 2014

 Each year, landscape architecture students host an event called LAbash and for three days industry professionals are welcomed to host design workshops and give presentations on topics relevant to the industry. Since 1970, the networking event has been hosted by a different university in North America and since this year it was being held Scott... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research

Lakota Helps Sisters of BVM in Dubuque Plan for the Future

By The Lakota Group  |  April 23, 2014

 One of our more unique projects we’ve been working on for the past year or so has been in Dubuque, Iowa with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Sisters asked that Lakota help develop a plan that would preserve their 108-acre campus in ways that align with their values as they... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories

Mercy Donates Historic Home in Cedar Rapids MedQuarter to Couple

By The Lakota Group  |  April 23, 2014

For the past year, The Lakota Group has been working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on developing a master plan for the newly-created MedQuarter district. While Lakota’s work on the master plan is nearing completion for the Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), it looks like there is some other news taking place in the district. Recently,... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories

Synthetic Turf’s Presence Grows in Winnetka

By The Lakota Group  |  August 29, 2013

A few weeks ago I attended the ribbon cutting for a project I worked on for the Winnetka Park District.  The project was the first portion of a Master Plan enhancement to the Park District’s Skokie Playfield complex.  It was very rewarding to see the project come to life as it had been a five... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories