Archinect - News 2016-09-28T11:32:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149968723/gensler-jeanne-gang-and-cesar-pelli-som-among-firms-competing-for-chicago-union-station-redevelopment Gensler, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, SOM among firms competing for Chicago Union Station redevelopment Nicholas Korody 2016-09-15T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T00:35:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cm/cmrajtg3ns93a8j0.jpg" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Union Station is slated to get a $1 billion facelift that could add up to 3 million sq. ft. of new buildings. Amtrak just announced a shortlist of four contenders for the gig, as reported by <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20160912/CRED03/160909825" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Real Estate Daily</a>.</p><p>The shortlist comprises the development firms John Buck, Riverside Investment &amp; Development, Golub and Sterling Bay. Each of the developers has a noted architectural practice on board; respectively, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, Goettsch Partners, Gensler, and Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill.&nbsp;</p><p>The teams were selected from an RFQ and will now move on to the proposal stage, with plans due by the beginning of 2017. According to Amtrak, the winning proposal will be selected by the end of the first quarter.</p><p>The winning firm could build on top of existing buildings, on land owned by Amtrak, or over the train tracks. Amtrak owns 14 acres of land and up to 3 million square feet in air rights.</p><p>According to preliminary plans, the development will include office, retail, hotel, an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968523/get-lectured-school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago-fall-16 Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-09-15T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-19T16:47:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hz/hzk7fqs6dnsvu2tb.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2016</strong></a></p><p>Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall?&nbsp;Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The Fall '16 lineup for the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6087533/school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SAIC Department of&nbsp;Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects</a> lecture series includes Mitch McEwen of A(n) Office and McEwen Studio, 2015 Turner Prize-winning practice Assemble, designer Thomas Thwaites,&nbsp;and more. See more of their upcoming events below.</p><p><strong>Sept 15</strong><br>SAIC at Homan Square Open House<br>4:30-8:30 p.m. at Nichols Tower, 906 S Homan Ave</p><p><strong>Sept 25</strong><br>Curating in Place<br>Aric Chen, Dan Handel, Zo&euml; Ryan, and James Zemaitis<br>Moderated by Jonathan Solo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966144/chicago-tribune-tower-sale-closes-mixed-use-redevelopment-likely Chicago Tribune Tower sale closes; mixed-use redevelopment likely Alexander Walter 2016-08-31T13:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T13:43:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0y51kqsf7mn45vzu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group has agreed to buy Tribune Tower for up to $240 million, marking the end of media ownership for the historic North Michigan Avenue building and the beginning of a new chapter, likely as part of a mixed-use redevelopment. [...] Tribune Media unveiled conceptual plans last year to redevelop the parcel, adding several buildings to maximize the space with residential, retail and hotel components.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tribune Tower sale previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel &amp; residential redevelopment</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965741/chicago-installs-urban-fitbits-to-track-air-quality-noise-levels-and-traffic Chicago installs "urban Fitbits" to track air quality, noise levels, and traffic Nicholas Korody 2016-08-29T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T11:35:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ux/uxzy1fkjtzvp8wby.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Windy City has begun installing what sounds and looks a whole lot like a Fitbit that can measure the vitals of a bustling metropolis. Chicago, which partnered on the project with researchers at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory and several corporations, last week installed the first two of 500 modular sensor boxes. The devices will eventually allow the city and public to instantly get block-by-block data on air quality, noise levels, as well as [...] traffic.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dk/dksujzk1kd1824vo.jpg"></p><p>The project, the first such initiative in the country, is called 'the Array of Things'. Affixed to light poles, the devices are equipped with sensors that monitor air and surface temperature, carbon monoxide levels, ambient sound intensity, and barometric pressure, as well as other input. A total of 50 devices will be installed this year, with 450 more coming by 2018.</p><p>The data will be used to improve public health, traffic conditions, and guide infrastructure decisions. It will also be publicly available starting in mid-October. Like with most "smart" initiatives, privacy concerns have arose, particularly over the devices' capacity to take photos. Officials have stated that any photos taken will be deleted within "tens of minutes".</p><p>Check out the video below for more info:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952125/are-we-losing-the-cyberwar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are we losing the cyberwar?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965066/a-look-at-some-cities-revitalizing-their-blighted-rivers A look at some cities revitalizing their blighted rivers Alexander Walter 2016-08-24T13:52:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T23:05:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sd/sd5y2oqmwyxisxch.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles wants to rethink its river. [...] And LA isn&rsquo;t the only metropolis looking to reclaim its once-mocked waterway. Cities around the world are realizing that water can be a cultural and recreational asset, not something to hide&nbsp;or pillage, and it seems&nbsp;no waterway&nbsp;will be wasted for long.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958945/gruen-associates-mia-lehrer-oyler-wu-appointed-to-design-l-a-river-greenway-in-san-fernando-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando Valley</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952791/what-s-happening-with-frank-gehry-s-masterplan-for-the-la-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138883945/a-plan-to-clean-up-the-river-spree-around-museum-island-in-berlin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A plan to clean up the River Spree around Museum Island in Berlin</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963444/50-designers-50-ideas-50-wards 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tidonqv9owf6x5vt.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city&rsquo;s many departments, a daunting prospect in itself. None of this is necessarily inappropriate for such an exhibition, but it does ignore the question of where much of the aesthetic and spatial expression in our built environment comes from, and how we might change it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960250/obama-chooses-jackson-park-as-the-site-for-his-presidential-center Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center Nicholas Korody 2016-07-27T18:59:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T10:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lmr0n4y9q838fwmj.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obamalibrary/ct-obama-library-site-jackson-park-met-20160727-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Chicago Tribune</a>, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have finally settled on a site for the Obama Presidential Center: historic Jackson Park. Adjacent to the University of Chicago, the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. An official announcement is expected next week.</p><p>The 500 acre park is also near the Museum of Science and Industry, the lakefront, Lake Shore Drive and two Metra train stations. It borders the Woodlawn neighborhood, described by the Tribune as "beginning to gentrify", and Hyde Park.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6b7qkigjx5my3ymx.jpg"></p><p>According to the Tribune, the park is "less challenging" than the other contender, Washington Park. While both sites are in poorer neighborhoods outside of the city center &ndash; a first for a presidential library &ndash;, the Washington Park neighborhood is more economically depressed than Jackson Park. One third of the land in Washington Park is vacant.</p><p>Estimated to cost $500 million, the Presidential Center <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be designed</a> by&nbsp;Tod Williams a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957413/oma-s-glass-mushroom-the-lucas-museum-that-could-have-been OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-12T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:41:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6de6d0f37f55e53ba5e1d17b0b383df.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by architect Shohei Shigematsu of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice, the striking glass building was a losing entrant in George Lucas' 2014 competition to design his museum. Now that legal wrangling over the use of the lakefront site between Soldier Field and McCormick Place has prompted Lucas to definitively rule out Chicago as the home of his project, OMA has released the images for Chicagoans to further ponder what might have been.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The much-bedraggled path to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, with MAD Architects designing its tent-like expanse, has yet to find its home&mdash;facing lawsuits and design criticisms in Chicago, it could move to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, Illinois</a>, or <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Treasure Island</a> in the San Francisco Bay. At least we get to see some juicy rejects in the meantime, like this one from OMA, which <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin concedes "almost makes Jabba the Hutt's palace look OK."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/3/3d/Jabbas_Palace.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20071211223828"></p><p>Justifying their top-heavy design, OMA said in a press release that it would create canopied park space, and let the museum&nbsp;"contain eight times the public space it occupies". Perhaps in a galaxy far, far away.</p><p>Update (7/13): Brooklyn Digital Foundry put together this video for OMA, presenting their design for the Lucas Museum.</p><p></p><p>More on the beleaguered Lucas Museum:</p><ul><li><a title="Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncomprom...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957207/marina-city-balconies-off-limits-to-residents-during-prolonged-repair-work-summer-bummer Marina City balconies off-limits to residents during prolonged repair work: 'Summer Bummer' Alexander Walter 2016-07-11T15:36:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T15:53:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/va/vaov8lf9owo1rwhg.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s shaping up to be one bummer of a summer for Marina City, where some residents have been banned from their balconies. City inspectors discovered trouble with nearly 2,000 balcony railings [...] While crews work to fix 1,920 handrail posts, 1,300 balusters and 1,020 bottom rails, some residents have been banned from using the balconies for four months or longer. [...] &ldquo;What&rsquo;s worse is that we&rsquo;re not allowed to open the door to the balcony to let the breeze in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The iconic Marina City towers&mdash;now officially a city landmark&mdash;recently in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955229/tod-williams-billie-tsien-architects-selected-to-design-the-obama-presidential-center Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-06T12:38:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wj7nqxbu9vw40xjb.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The husband and wife team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) first started their practice back in&nbsp;1986, with&nbsp;Paul Schulhof becoming the firm's third partner in 2013. The thirty person team is headquartered in New York.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1m17mhpkbjpdohe0.jpg"></p><p>"We believe that architecture is the coming together of art and use, and can bring a sense of grace to life," the architects state in the announcement. "The greatest buildings are places, which contribute to more than their particular task by elevating and improving the world.</p><p>"We are deeply moved by the mission of the Obama Foundation and the role the Center can play in empowering that mission. It is a joy, an honor, and a responsibility to create a place that reflects the optimism and integrity of the President and the First Lady."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4c/4c3x4karfwsc0yxr.jpg"></p><p>TWBTA have designed a number of notable and highly-praised institutional projects in the past, including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the&nbsp;Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the&nbsp;Center for the A...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953959/going-going-back-back-to-cali-cali Going going, back back, to Cali Cali anthony dong 2016-06-24T22:12:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:45:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ryctc8jrai0l7hde.jpg" width="400" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's like these cities think that he's building a Death Star.....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947711/a-stack-of-neighborhoods-ds-r-s-design-for-rubenstein-forum-revealed "A stack of neighborhoods": DS+R's design for Rubenstein Forum revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-05-26T12:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T01:06:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mm/mmqoh1lrypii9m6r.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/4069531/the-university-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago</a>, weary of holding large events off-campus, hired <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller, Scofidio and Renfro</a> to design a 90,000 square foot, multi-faceted meeting place. The result is the Rubenstein Forum, which will&nbsp;be placed next to the Harris School of Public Policy&rsquo;s future Keller Center and across the Midway from Rockefeller Chapel.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m5/m5z9efjgianzgv7l.jpg"></p><p>In terms of the design concept, Liz Diller stated that "we composed the tower as a stack of &lsquo;neighborhoods&rsquo; with meeting and communal spaces of all sizes&mdash;both formal and informal, calm and animated, focused and diffuse. The building prompts its varied populations to cross paths with one another where possible to enhance intellectual exchange. The lower floors of the Rubenstein Forum are porous and dynamic with connections to the campus and the community in all directions. As one climbs the building, there is a progressive retreat from the everyday to more contemplative spaces with dramatic views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.&rdquo;</p><p>What else is DS+R up to these ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946493/chicago-tribune-tower-inches-closer-to-hotel-residential-redevelopment Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T19:34:00-04:00 >2016-08-31T13:27:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qp/qpw8xc4mh8bnfu42.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of developers on the short list to buy Tribune Tower want to convert the Gothic Michigan Avenue landmark into condominiums, apartments and even a hotel [...] The property also comes with something all developers love: land for new buildings. A buyer could build one or two more towers on the parking lot next door and on space created by demolishing some of the existing Tribune building that is not landmarked. [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other recent Chi-Town news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946217/embattled-lucas-museum-may-move-to-s-f-s-treasure-island Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island Julia Ingalls 2016-05-19T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T15:08:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xih5ty15ovl8e4ab.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A spokeswoman for San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin confirmed that the city and museum representatives are in early discussions about a site on Treasure Island, a destination in San Francisco Bay famous for a naval base. Los Angeles is also trying to stay in the game, with Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that Lucas' project would find a good home in the heart of the movie industry.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit averse Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is openly courting other cities after Chicago's Friends of the Park filed legal action to prevent the project from building on its chosen Chicago lakefront site, may wind up in San Francisco, although Los Angeles (and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, IL</a>) have offered themselves up as well. Rahm Emanuel, who was a vocal champion of the Museum's proposed locale, recently suggested a compromise in the form of moving the museum to the Lake Michigan adjacent&nbsp;McCormick Place East,&nbsp;but no one is compromising as of yet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lapyii14cw9szaaa.jpg"></p><p>The prequels to this particular saga:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T21:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T14:57:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0x/0xfc24u3gsm6fq5q.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19439/london-eye-gets-eviction-notice" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a> designers <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1923marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/davis-brody-bond" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>&nbsp;have created a new aerial cable car for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. The plans, which are being sponsored by&nbsp;Lou Raizin&nbsp;and Laurence Geller CBE, have yet to gain approval from any official city agency, but in the meantime here are a few renderings of the gleaming cars gliding to and fro across the cityscape:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3t/3tj8qhkt0tnchnh1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k6/k6tfg1bqwy9bfq9n.jpg"></p><p>By cruising over the&nbsp;Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk running alongside the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago, the cable cars would "showcase an aerial vista of Chicago and its architectural&nbsp;heritage to the eyes of the world." The full video can be seen at the 26:42 mark of this much longer tourism presentation spiel:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943909/waukegan-il-future-home-of-the-lucas-museum Waukegan, IL: future home of the Lucas Museum? Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T16:02:00-04:00 >2016-05-08T12:20:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e15b5b55onvpn20f.jpg" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With the future of a Lucas Museum on Chicago's lakefront in doubt, the city of Waukegan is asking the organizers to look a little to the north. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley reached out to Mellody Hobson, a Chicago financial executive and the wife of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, about locating the proposed museum featuring digital, traditional and narrative art on Waukegan's lakefront, a city spokesman said on Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After a shake-up Tuesday wherein Chicago-based&nbsp;Friends of the Parks (which was taking a 30-day break from suing to prevent <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> from being built) announced that it wasn't going to budge on its anti-LMNA position, George Lucas announced that he was seriously considering other locations. According to the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-lucas-museum-friends-of-the-parks-lawsuit-20160503-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a> Lucas' wife, Mellody Hobson, noted that&nbsp;"this process has been co-opted and hijacked by a small special interest group." On Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-lucas-museum-met-0505-20160505-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asked his Law Department Wednesday afternoon to ask a federal appeals court to reject the Friends of the Parks case before it is tried</a>. Could the force be with the industrial shoreline of Waukegan, Illinois, population 90K?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7w/7wdxhh0dtzb9sive.jpg"></p><p>You can conquer the box-office, but stakeholder groups are a whole different echelon:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ch...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-03T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:28:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zn3q0a7gn7i9ur4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Friends of the Park] said in a news release that the stay "gives all parties the opportunity to have a more direct and productive dialogue to reach a potential solution about a museum site." [...] The move marks the latest twist in a controversy that began in 2014 when Lucas shifted the museum's location to Chicago... It gives momentum, if only momentarily, to a compromise plan for the museum that Emanuel floated last month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on prior news on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114574679/frank-gehry-defends-mad-s-design-for-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-20T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:02:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubu1rhxmdgfz5rth.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>this plan creates a new complication all its own: a financing scheme that involves borrowing nearly $1.2 billion and extending five taxes beyond their expiration dates: Tax dollars collected in 2066 still would be paying off a deal cut a half-century earlier, in 2016. [...] By law both proposed museum sites are submerged lake bottom and have special protections. [...] If you're a citizen, you own what's called a fractional beneficial interest in this public trust land. You can use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on the rocky development history of Chicago's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap The Lucas Museum may have found a new location – but is it "a trap"? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-15T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T14:33:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qapuw37zntf8agw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to tear down the McCormick Place East building to make way for the controversial Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? If reports to that effect are true, the move, which would demolish most of the massive structure, could be an olive branch to parks advocates dedicated to keeping the shoreline clear of buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Yet the move could also be a trap. By signing off on a plan to allow the Lucas Museum to be built east of Lake Shore Drive, parks advocates would be trampling on the very principle they have used in federal court to block the museum backed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas."</em></p><p>For more on the controversial plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, check out some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138046023/chicagoans-still-split-over-lakefront-lucas-museum-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out</a></li></ul><p></p><p><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/girl-gf-tells-wfdzAgbvsK7Mk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via GIPHY</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938535/how-jeanne-gang-wants-to-make-police-stations-community-friendly How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly Justine Testado 2016-04-05T17:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:20:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvwkg4ahncgg3xkg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A police station could be welcoming...And if you can remake space, you can change a culture." Out of that comes Polis Station...Working in their home city, [Studio Gang] looked at a typical station on the troubled West Side. Their proposal reimagines the station house, placing the secure areas at the back and a variety of public services &ndash; a library, daycare, mental-health-care providers and a community room &ndash; all sharing a grand public entrance and adjacent to new park space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933852/studio-gang-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Brazil</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149827841/jeanne-gang-wins-architect-of-the-year-in-2016-s-women-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147905808/nypd-admits-to-using-stringrays-military-tech-that-sweeps-up-cell-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt Alexander Walter 2016-03-28T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T01:54:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/ic8ypbvxbe1mlthq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was supposed to be a strutting 150-story lakefront symbol of the city's virility &mdash; but eight years after construction of the Chicago Spire skyscraper ground to a halt, the gaping hole where it was to have stood has instead become an enduring reminder of the Great Recession. So owner Related Midwest is now hiding the unsightly circular hole that would have formed the foundation of the world's second-tallest building behind a pile of dirt.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114500828/looks-like-calatrava-won-t-get-paid-for-his-chicago-spire-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looks Like Calatrava Won't Get Paid for His Chicago Spire Work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93084470/chicago-spire-developer-wants-to-resume-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87047/chicago-spire-developer-in-talks-with-afl-cio-for-funding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire developer in talks with AFL-CIO for funding</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936194/amanda-williams-the-architect-behind-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-s-color-ed-theory-on-art-and-activism Amanda Williams, the architect behind the Chicago Architecture Biennial's "Color(ed) Theory", on art and activism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-23T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:41:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a45677c40a0d917fe96f68be3a2959f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been asked to do a lot of direct-action things, but have been hesitating to commit to anything. I feel like I need a strategy for this next step so I don&rsquo;t get mired in the social activism and lose track of the art and architecture. It doesn&rsquo;t mean that activism isn&rsquo;t important, but it is a slippery slope to start advocating all the time instead of using my unique lens to focus on these issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The Chicago Architecture Biennial prepares for round two in 2017 " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145210767/the-chicago-architecture-biennial-prepares-for-round-two-in-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Biennial prepares for round two in 2017</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid is not impressed by the Chicago Architecture Biennial" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143437694/zaha-hadid-is-not-impressed-by-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid is not impressed by the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></li><li><a title='"Second Season, Second City" &ndash; A discussion of the Chicago Architecture Biennial with Cynthia Davidson of Log, on Archinect Sessions #41 ' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140472862/second-season-second-city-a-discussion-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-with-cynthia-davidson-of-log-on-archinect-sessions-41" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Second Season, Second City" &ndash; A discussion of the Chicago Architecture Biennial with Cynthia Davidson of Log, on Archinect Sessions #41</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138573406/the-humanity-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/138278659/what-s-the-matter-with-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the matter with the Chicago Architecture Biennial?</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9r2xgkbxudibkc7h.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>One of the abandoned houses Williams painted for the "Color(ed) Theory" project, exhibited in the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history How Chicago's reviving Chinatown is building upon its history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:05:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vhf2dv7v9i6puk8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most modern Chinatowns are serving less as a singular manifestation of Chinese-American life than as a central gathering place for people to experience Chinese culture...And indeed, Chinatowns themselves were often built on the ground of former ethnic enclaves that had organically dissolved...But as Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown demonstrates, this is not a predictable story. More than a hundred years after its founding, the neighborhood has a dynamism that can&rsquo;t be neatly scripted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chinatowns across the U.S. succumb to gentrification and shifting cultural preferences, writer Anna Clark spotlights the particular booming growth and expansion taking place in Chicago's Chinatown.</p><p>More in relation to urban growth:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128860/shocker-new-york-tops-list-of-most-expensive-cities-for-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148425129/get-lectured-school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago-spring-16 Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-18T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:48:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fihifoycw3avgea.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6087533/school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago</a>.</p><p>Have a look at SAIC's upcoming AIADO events below.</p><p><strong>Mar 3</strong><br>Anicka Yi&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mar 7</strong><br>Joep van Lieshout</p><p><strong>Mar 8-11: <em>Human Resources: A Series of Conversations on Design</em></strong></p><p><em><strong>Mar 8</strong></em><br>4-7 p.m.<br>"We Make the Road by Walking"<br>Nico Dockx, Lydia Kallipoliti, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Joseph Grigely, Eric Ellingsen</p><p><em><strong>Mar 9</strong></em><br>"Design Pessimism"<br>Sara Huston, Melissa Orlie, John Paananen, Stuart Sim, Bess Williamson</p><p><em>Installation</em><br>"Confessions from the Anthropocene"<br>by The Last Attempt at Greatness:&nbsp;Sara Huston,&nbsp;John Paana...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle Julia Ingalls 2016-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:29:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k4/k41tl1fp3eq9153v.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a filing Tuesday, the city asked the judge in the case to lift an order barring Lucas from starting construction before the legal fight is resolved. The city argues the order "puts the entire project at risk" because the museum "may choose to leave Chicago and relocate to another city." A status hearing is set for Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Will Los Angeles be the ultimate destination for George Lucas' museum? It's a possibility if the Chicago legal battles drag on, which makes one wonder: what would be the easiest, hassle-free site? Downtown? The Westside?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t1/t1qezqhdwdqsm5xz.jpg"></p><p><strong>In the meantime, here's a recap of the history of the Lucas Museum of&nbsp;Narrative</strong><strong>&nbsp;Art:</strong>&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138046023/chicagoans-still-split-over-lakefront-lucas-museum-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time! Justine Testado 2016-02-12T15:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T21:54:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wc8i7kik9rq0igu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it's tempting to turn cartwheels over the Chicago City Council's vote to grant permanent landmark status to Marina City, the city within a city best known for its iconic corncob-shaped towers. Marina City was a landmark building that lacked official landmark status and was therefore vulnerable &mdash; if not to demolition, then to insensitive additions that chipped away at the sculpted beauty of its curving concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since the process began last July,&nbsp;Chicago City Council unanimously voted 48-0 (with the absence of two aldermen) to designate Bertrand Goldberg's midcentury icon as a historic city landmark as of Wednesday, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loopnorth.com/news/marina0212.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>.</p><p>"Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, deserves credit for championing the protection of Marina City..." Blair Kamin writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Yet it can't be forgotten that Reilly in 2012 supported the demolition of the Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital, a building that lacked Marina City's picture-postcard appeal but was nonetheless worth saving because of its boldly engineered concrete shell structure and humanistic interior.&nbsp;In a sense, Prentice died so that Marina could live."</p><p>Previous news on this topic:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147823826/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-major-grant-for-charnley-persky-house-conservation-management-plan Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan SAH1365 2016-02-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:00:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4j84ncsra4gbbi1.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians has received a $123,000 grant from the&nbsp;<strong>Alphawood Foundation</strong>&nbsp;to hire&nbsp;<strong>Harboe Architects</strong>&nbsp;to develop a conservation management plan for Charnley-Persky House. Designed by Adler and Sullivan in 1891&ndash;1892 when Frank Lloyd Wright was an apprentice in their office, Charnley-Persky House will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its design in 2016 with a new conservation management plan that will assess the current physical state of the structure, identify potential problem areas, and establish conservation priorities for the continued health of the building. Charnley-Persky House serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, an international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. &nbsp;<br><br>As an advocate for heritage conservation, SAH is extremely grateful to the Alphawood Foundation for giving the organization the ability...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147194078/o-hare-airport-announces-1-3b-expansion-deal O’Hare airport announces $1.3B expansion deal Alexander Walter 2016-02-02T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T14:35:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdcyr16j8lbr4img.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's major airlines have struck a deal to build the final runway envisioned in the city's multibillion-dollar modernization of O'Hare International Airport, but new gates that experts agree are key to significant reductions in long-standing flight delays are not part of the pact. The agreement, which the mayor formally announced Saturday, calls for spending $1.3 billion to build a sixth east-west runway at the airfield&rsquo;s north end [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140878328/beacons-in-the-sky-photographer-carolyn-russo-celebrates-the-architecture-of-airport-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107561423/the-next-generation-airport-is-a-destination-in-its-own-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142853295/the-iconography-of-an-airport-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The iconography of an airport hotel</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145210767/the-chicago-architecture-biennial-prepares-for-round-two-in-2017 The Chicago Architecture Biennial prepares for round two in 2017 Justine Testado 2016-01-07T19:33:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T21:03:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3z9q0vntnww7tylt.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Met with "unequivocal success", as described by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be back in fall 2017.&nbsp;The Chicago Cultural Center had a bustling three months serving as the venue of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, "The State of the Art of Architecture", which ran from October 3-January 3.</p><p>While the content of the Biennial itself is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143437694/zaha-hadid-is-not-impressed-by-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">up for debate</a>, the event attracted&nbsp;over 500,000 attendees. Students, educators, architects, and the general public got to check out <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/658383/cutting-across" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibitions</a>, full-scale installations like those from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/539255/lakefront-kiosk-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Lakefront Kiosk Competition</a>, and a slew of public programs.&nbsp;</p><p>There isn't much about the 2017 event just yet, but official dates, leadership, and the Biennial's theme will be revealed in the coming months. Stay tuned.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lgnjr6sjkoc1dzfh.jpg"></p><p>In case you missed it, here's plenty of CAB coverage from Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/658383/cutting-across" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/666774/mini-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's "Next Up" Mini-Sessions podcast interviews</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140472862/second-season-second-city-a-discussion-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-with-cynthia-davidson-of-log-on-archinect-sessions-41" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Second Season, Second City" &ndash; A discussi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club – after 41 years! Alexander Walter 2016-01-07T15:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:27:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31v6ocojhgm7yg0a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanghai Tower has officially completed as the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. [...] The completion of Shanghai Tower is especially notable for pushing Chicago&rsquo;s 442-meter Willis Tower (originally Sears Tower), once the world&rsquo;s tallest building, out of the Top 10 list for the first time since it completed in 1974. Willis Tower was among the Top 10 Tallest Buildings for 41 years</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat goes on to say: "Given the rapid development of urban centers in these regions and the new heights that are being realized by contemporary tall buildings, CTBUH data projects that it will be less than five years before Willis Tower also falls out of the Top 20 Tallest Buildings."</p><p><em>Cue the sad trombone, Chicago.</em></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/v5/v5g7lr38bso8xe19.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v5/v5g7lr38bso8xe19.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; The updated CTBUH Current Tallest 20 poster (click image to enlarge).</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96101879/cranes-are-dismantled-from-china-s-shanghai-tower-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cranes are dismantled from China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></li></ul>