WORLD RETOWNED

Showcase of Urban Landscape Design, Revitalization & Renewal.

  • RETOWN LOOKS BACK AS WE LOOK AHEAD- Daniel Burnham: “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood.” With Chicago as its base camp, ReTown admires and is influenced by the work of two men who helped shape the city, architect Daniel Burnham and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. ReTown President & Managing Director Jim Louthen explains: “Both Burnham and Olmsted had the ability to see ...
  • DESIGNING AROUND COMMUNITY IS ELEMENTAL- “ReTown is a community-centric concept,” explains ReTown President & Managing Director Jim Louthen.  “We truly believe that when we look at the greater good for all of the people involved in both the private and public sectors, the decisions about what to build and where and why become easier.” Alejandro Aravena is Executive Director of Elemental, a socially-motivated architectural practice based ...
  • FIELDS OF DREAMS- “We are big sports fans at ReTown,” says ReTown President & Managing Director Jim Louthen, ” and even bigger fans of our friends at Osborn Engineering, who specialize in sports entertainment technology.” Osborn Engineering was recently featured in A Piece of the Game, an Emmy award-winning TV show for people who are passionate about sports memorabilia. Osborn Engineering had a ...
  • HIGHER-MINDED LEARNING DOWN UNDER- “Given our on-going redevelopment planning for University Village at Governors University in University Park, Illinois,” explains ReTown President & Managing Director Jim Louthen, “ReTown has great appreciation for projects related to education.” ReTown has proposed a 56-unit mixed income attached single family development adjacent to the University Park Metra Station. The following is a re-post of a story about Curtin University ...
  • KING STREET STATION RESTORATION IN SEATTLE- ReTown President & Managing Director and our company have worked extensively on transit-oriented developments (TODs) and train stations. ReTown redeveloped the Metra station in Palatine, Illinois, and has also been involved with plans for the Amtrak intermodal station in Detroit, Michigan, a TOD and downtown design for Mundelein, Illinois, an intermodal transit station in Waukegan, Illinois, and a TOD and downtown design ...
  • GOING GREEN IN SOUTH AFRICA- ReTown President & Managing Director Jim Louthen’s education in landscape architecture has influenced our company’s philosophy to find that balance between man-made structures and nature at ReTown.  We recently saw this story about a wonderful development by architect David Adjaye in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The original story and links from Dezeen magazine can be viewed here. Adjaye Associates has unveiled a ...