The usual stock-taking: Nearly 20,000 photographs taken (two of them good). ArchitectureChicago Plus traffic up 23%, with visitors from 122 countries and a gated community on Ymir.
Thank you, dear readers, for the great comments and warm support. The downside of your encouragement is that I'm continuing ACP into 2014, with some great topics already in preparation. We hope to be a bit more experimental and focused in the New Year - if such a combination is possible - and hold tight to our annual and as yet unrealized resolution to start making sense.
For now, here's the countdown to the dozen posts that in 2014 found the most readers:
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Light and Shade at the Polish Triangle: Wheeler Kearns' 1611 West Division
The Architecture of the Age of the Supply Chain: The Epic Saga of Sears in Chicago
Hour of the Wolf: The Transformation of the Pivot Point of Chicago
Alderman Reilly puts the brakes to the Realtors: plus What's Up with that Shear Wall at the new Hilton Garden Inn?
The Power of Uselessness The History - and Potential - of Chicago's massive Santa Fe Grain Elevator
The End of an Epic Dream: Calatrava's Chicago Spire hole on the block - retelling an amazing story.
Studio/Gang's Clark Park Boathouse: A Century of Urban Transformation flowing down Chicago's River
111 West Wacker's Red Crane Flies the Coop
Mies Goes Soft: The Langham Chicago Pushes Against the Envelope
Architecture as Tinder: Michael Bay's Transformers4 blows up Chicago's massive, abandoned Santa Fe Grain Elevator
Redesign of the Interior of Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall: Glass Boxes within the Ultimate Glass Box
And now . . . our most popular story for 2013!
Icehendge: Chicago has a new Frank Gehry, and it's Like Nothing You've Seen