Archinect - News 2015-07-06T07:46:47-04:00 Last week today, June 8-15 2015: BIG projects, big opinions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-15T18:33:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T14:50:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, June 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The new OMA-designed Garage Museum opens in Moscow" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new OMA-designed Garage Museum opens in Moscow</a>: On the design, Koolhaas has been quoted with&nbsp;"not restoring the building, but preserving its decay". The original Soviet-era building used to be a restaurant.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, June 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Stargazing with Patrik Schumacher: Episode 33 of Archinect Sessions" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stargazing with Patrik Schumacher: Episode 33 of Archinect Sessions</a>: Patrik Schumacher discusses <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his recent op-ed for Archinect</a>.</li><li><a title="The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Cooper Union turmoil continues: President Jamshed Bharucha resigns</a>: In the midst of student protests and five trustees resigning, President Bharucha also stepped down last week. This came after the Cooper Union's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Board had already voted not to renew </a>Bharucha's contract as president next year.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, June 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five Cooper Union trustees just resigned</a>: Among them were Daniel Libeskind,&nbsp;Mark Epstein (the board&rsquo;s former chairman), Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill, Francois de Menil (the board&rsquo;s vice chairman), and investment banker Monica Vachher.</li><li><a title="Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's &quot;High Line&quot;, but anxiety for its future remains" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but a...</a></li></ul> Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains Justine Testado 2015-06-10T10:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T22:17:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chicago's highly anticipated elevated trail and park system known as The 606, otherwise referred to as the Bloomingdale Trail or the "Chicago High Line", finally celebrated its grand opening this past Saturday on the appropriate date of June 6 (6/06). The centerpiece of the $95 million project&nbsp;&mdash; which had its first phase designed by&nbsp;ARUP, Carol Ross Barney, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Burns &amp; McDonnell, and the Chicago Public Art Group &mdash; is a 2.7 mile elevated trail that replaces the defunct Bloomingdale rail line. The trail will connect the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square neighborhoods and six parks. And unlike similar linear-park projects, The 606 is open to pedestrians and cyclists to use as a new "transit corridor".</p><p>Prior to The 606, those communities were historically divided by the Bloomingdale railway and were in need of open green space. The newly opened trail is still looking fairly sparse at the moment, but later phases of the project include ...</p> Chicago will indeed be the home of the Obama Presidential Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-12T13:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T12:58:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's official: The Barack Obama Foundation <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced today</a> that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago's South Side, at a site near either <a href=",-87.602053,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e2937b3777577:0xbdf71de5e3ae5278" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington Park</a> or <a href=",-87.5946088,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x880e290a132258b1:0xf1889df3682e3083" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>. This confirms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous reports</a> hinting at Chicago as the chosen city, winning over alternate proposals for New York City and Honolulu. The Obama family has strong ties to Chicago &ndash; it's where Michelle Obama was born and raised, President Obama's political career took off, and where the Presidential couple met, were married and raised a family.</p><p>The University of Chicago, where President Obama was a law professor for twelve years, will serve as a close partner in the realization of the Presidential Center, providing resources and infrastructural support. Alongside the Presidential Library, the Center will also include a museum and facilities for the Obama Foundation's operations. The Foundation will fund the construction of the Center, and is also planning to establish a presence in Honolulu,...</p> University of Chicago will reportedly win race for Obama Presidential Library Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-05T16:59:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>President Obama will choose the University of Chicago as the site for his presidential library, according to several reports and sources close to the Obama family. The proposal from the University of Chicago in Chicago&rsquo;s South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, which is near where the Obamas have a home, their daughters attended grammar school and Michelle Obama worked as a vice president of the university&rsquo;s medical center, is the apparent winner, reports and these sources say.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> First designs unveiled for Chicago Latino Cultural Center's new HQ Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T17:12:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:13:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Juan Gabriel Moreno is teaming up with Chicago's International Latino Cultural Center to build a new downtown headquarters in the form of a wild-looking $50 million complex. Announced during the most recent edition of Chicago Latino Film Festival that took place this month, the organization announced its ambitious new "Ibero-American Tower" which would house a number of components [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Award Winners and Fellows Helena Karabatsos 2015-04-22T23:41:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:41:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards and the 2015 SAH Award for Film and Video at its 68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference Awards Ceremony in Chicago, Ill., on April 16. The Society also named four individuals as SAH Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history.</p><p><strong>2015 Publication Award Recipients</strong><br>Each year, SAH presents publication awards honoring excellence in architectural history, urban history, landscape history and historic preservation scholarship as well as architectural exhibition catalogues.</p><p>The winners of the Society&rsquo;s 2015 Publication Awards are listed below. The 2016 award cycle opens on June 1, 2015. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><strong>Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award</strong></p><p>Richard Harris,&nbsp;<em>Building a Market: The Rise of the Home Improvement Industry, 1914&ndash;1960&nbsp;</em>(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)</p><p>Christopher Curtis Mead,&nbsp;<em>Making Modern Paris: Victor Baltard&rsquo;s Central ...</em></p> Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments Alexander Walter 2015-04-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T21:11:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="184" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is a tale of two new West Loop high-rises and what they say about Chicago's apartment building boom, which has restored construction cranes to the skyline but has yet to give us architecture with a capital "A." The buildings &mdash; the underwhelming Arkadia Tower in Greektown and the better-than-average JeffJack Apartments west of Union Station &mdash; are the latest products of the construction surge [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Different city, similar lament:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a>. Is <em>bland</em> the new dogma?</p> Jeanne Gang's proposed Wanda Vista tower could be Chicago's third-tallest Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T15:26:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:44:25-04:00 <img src="" width="260" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The outlines of what could be Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project's developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower &mdash; a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city's skyline. [...] Details about the plan, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects, were revealed at a community meeting called by Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chicago Architecture Biennial participants announced Justine Testado 2015-04-14T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T15:18:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The anticipated roster of over 60 architecture firms and artists who will exhibit their work in "The State of the Art of Architecture" -- the inaugural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> -- that debuts this October has been revealed. Biennial co-Artistic Directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda selected 63 participants representing more than 30 countries with a notable advisory committee that includes David Adjaye, Elizabeth Diller, Jeanne Gang, Frank Gehry, Sylvia Lavin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lord Peter Palumbo, and Stanley Tigerman.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here's the growing roster:</p><ul><li>Al Borde (Quito, Ecuador)</li><li>allzone / Rachaporn Choochuey (Bangkok, Thailand)</li><li>Andreas Angelidakis (Athens, Greece)</li><li>Andr&eacute;s Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (Madrid, Spain; New York, USA)</li><li>ArandaLasch (Tucson, USA; New York, USA)</li><li>Assemble (London, UK)</li><li>Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo, Japan)</li><li>Iwan Baan (Amsterdam, Netherlands)</li><li>Erin Besler / Besler &amp; Sons (Los Angeles, USA)</li><li>Tatiana Bilbao S.C. (Mexico City, Mexico)</li><li>Bjarke Ingels Group / BIG (Copenhagen, De...</li></ul> Chicago's Willis Tower sold for $1.3B to Blackstone Group Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T13:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T15:42:31-04:00 <img src="" width="476" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the U.S., and plans to upgrade the retail and observatory space in a bet on growth in the city. [...] On a per-square-foot basis, the valuation for the more than 40-year-old Willis Tower is lower than deals for newer buildings. The Blackstone price is about $342 a square foot, based on about 3.8 million square feet (353,000 square meters) of rentable space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></p> Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel creates an app to better acquaint the guests with the architecture Archinect 2015-03-17T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:36:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think our hope is that it will make guests connect to the hotel in a different way by understanding the thoughts of the architect and the designer, who wanted to create more of a community than a typical hotel lobby</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chicago Architecture Biennial announces three Lakefront Kiosk teams between local architecture schools + international firms Justine Testado 2015-03-16T20:56:00-04:00 >2015-03-17T16:56:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Preparation for the anticipated <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> this October are already well underway. Today, the Biennial announced the three partnerships -- between local Chicago architecture schools and international firms -- who will each envision an innovative kiosk design to be realized during the Biennial. The project marks a unique collaboration between architectural industry leaders, students, schools, and citywide programs.</p><p>The three collaborative teams are: the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Pezo von Ellrichshausen, an art and architecture studio from Concepcio&#769;n, Chile; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the Amsterdam + Lagos-based practice&nbsp;NL&Eacute; led by Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi; finally, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will work with an architectural design team comprising of Paul Andersen of Denver-based Indie Architecture as well as Paul Preissner, principal of Chicago-based Paul Preissner Architects.</p><p>If you haven't forgotten, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lakefront K...</a></p> Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed Nicholas Korody 2015-03-16T15:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T11:02:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A lawsuit challenging plans for the Lucas museum along Chicago's lakefront can proceed, a federal judge ruled Thursday, leaving legal hurdles in place if the selected site remains between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. Friends of the Parks filed a lawsuit in November against the Chicago Park District and the city of Chicago over the museum plans, contending the proposed site near Lake Michigan violates the public trust.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The lawsuit asserts that proposed site for the Lucas Museum requires approval by the Illinois General Assembly, something contested by the Park District and the city who argue the museum will be provide public benefits. It was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">filed</a> last year by the Friends of the Parks, who assert that since the site is made up of land that was reclaimed from a protected waterway, it should be preserved as an open space. The land was part of Lake Michigan until it was formed in the 1920s.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The noted filmmaker George Lucas selected Chicago for the location of his proposed museum last year. The director plans to fully-fund the project, which would contain paintings, photographs, illustration and films related to movie-making. The city offered 17 acres of lakefront property, assumedly in the hopes that, once built, the museum would serve as a tourist attraction. While the property is currently serving as a parking lot, according to the lawsuit, the planned development would restrict public access to the...</p> Society of Architectural Historians Presents Public Seminar at Chicago Conference Helena Karabatsos 2015-03-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15&ndash;19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the&nbsp;<strong>68th&nbsp;Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians</strong>. But the conference isn&rsquo;t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences&mdash;conference attendees and the local community&mdash;with public programs such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;SAH Chicago Seminar.&nbsp;</p><p>The SAH Chicago Seminar, &ldquo;Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago&rsquo;s Built Environment,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, April 18th, at The Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Hear from local architects, historians, and policy makers as they discuss the history and future of Chicago&rsquo;s waterways and neighborhoods. Harvard University professor <strong>Charles Waldheim</strong> will give the keynote address "Reading Chicago's Landscape as Urbanism."&nbsp;<strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will moderate ...</p> Need a skyscraper? Chicago’s Willis Tower just hit the market. Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T17:29:00-05:00 >2015-03-07T20:23:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest building and one of the city&rsquo;s top tourist attractions, is up for sale. [...] The 1,450-foot (442-meter) building, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest in the U.S., and was the world&rsquo;s highest from its completion in the early 1970s until 1998 [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s iconic in the size and how it dominates the skyline, [...] As an office building, however, it&rsquo;s 1970s construction.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-17T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:11:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="715" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> 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>The next featured poster comes from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO).</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Below are upcoming lectures only. Note each event's time and location. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 26</em><br>5:30 pm<br><strong>Ineke Hans</strong> / ineke Hans Studio - Arnhem<br>at Columbus Auditorium Rm 203: 280 S. Columbus Dr.</p><p><em>Mar 5</em><br>5:30 pm<br><strong>David Benjamin</strong> / The Living - N.Y.<br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, ground floor: 37 S. Wabash Ave.</p><p><em>Mar 26</em><br><strong>Art, Design, and Activism in Contemporary Landscape</strong><br>4:30-6:30 pm<br>Melissa Cate Christ, ...</p> Get Lectured: Illinois Institute of Technology, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-02-09T13:28:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T11:03:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> 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>The next featured poster comes from the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming Dean's Lecture Series events only. Unless noted**, lectures take place at S.R. Crown Hall 3360 South State St., Chicago, IL 60616. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 18</em><br>6 pm<br><strong>JORGE FRANCISCO LIERNUR</strong> / Architect, Professor at Torcuato Di Tella University,and Researcher of Argentina&rsquo;s National Council for Scientific and Technical Investigation</p><p><em>Mar 23</em><br>6:30 pm<br><strong>ADRIAAN GEUZE</strong> / Co-founder, West 8 - Rotterdam</p><p><em>Mar 27</em><br>6:30 pm<br><strong>MARCELO FERRAZ</strong> / Pr...</p> George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T13:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-19T17:51:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>George Lucas said Friday that complications in his plan to build his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the Chicago lakefront may put Los Angeles back in the running. Last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made a vigorous push to get the "Star Wars" creator to choose L.A., but the city lost out to Chicago. "We still have to get through some lawsuits and things in Chicago [...] But it's still a possibility that Chicago will be unable to do it," Lucas said.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Chicago Architecture Biennial starts percolating with Kiosk Competition announcement Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-18T19:09:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:24:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Lakefront Kiosk Competition] calls for the inventive design of a new kiosk that will be installed on Chicago&rsquo;s lakefront, one of the city&rsquo;s most vibrant public spaces. A jury of architects, curators, and city representatives will select one winner to receive the BP Prize, which includes an honorarium for design development and a construction budget to realize the design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The very first Chicago Architecture Biennial is gearing up for its run October 2015 - January 2016: themed "The State of the Art of Architecture", the biennial just announced its "Lakefront Kiosk Competition", to design a kiosk for use on Chicago's waterfront during and after the Biennial.</p><p>As stipulated in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brief</a>, the kiosk must serve a commercial purpose during the summer season, and still function as "an&nbsp;iconic work of architecture that will attract visitors and enliven the lakefront year-round". Other than that, it's pretty open.</p><p>Part of a coordinated, broader effort with the Chicago Park District and the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, the competition is open to anyone, anywhere &ndash; teams can be multidisciplinary, so long as it's headed by someone with an accredited architecture degree.&nbsp;The jury will consist of "architects, curators and city representatives", including architects David Adjaye and Jeanne Gang.</p><p>Check out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lakefront Kiosk Competition listing on Bustler</a> for more inform...</p> Al Jazeera looks at the opposition and support for Chicago's George Lucas museum Archinect 2014-12-17T17:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ash-har Quraishi reports on why some Chicagoans oppose a plan for a museum for the &lsquo;Star Wars&rsquo; creator&rsquo;s artwork</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-12T15:34:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the new [Affordable Requirements Ordinance] would require that at least 25 percent of affordable units be built on site, removing the ability to opt out totally. [...] Developers would also be allowed to meet the affordable unit requirement by building or rehabbing on other lots within a mile of the main site. The aim is to create affordable units in the neighborhoods where they&rsquo;re most scarce, rather than to continue to concentrate them in the city&rsquo;s poorer communities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Looks Like Calatrava Won't Get Paid for His Chicago Spire Work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-25T14:26:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:08:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in 2008, architect Santiago Calatrava placed an $11.34M lien on the Chicago Spire in the hope of being paid for his work on the project, which officially died in November, having never amounted to anything more than a hole in the ground. Now, Crain's Chicago reports that Calatrava may have missed the two-year window he had to file a lawsuit to enforce his claim.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a title="Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a title="Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project</a></p> Old Guy Fight! Tribune’s Blair Kamin vs. Donald Trump Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T17:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T08:25:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watching two grown men in a social media hissy fit over a building sign is actually a lot more amusing than one might think. In this corner, Donald Trump, rich guy, who, in the view of one esteemed newspaper critic, has defiled our fine city by slapping his name on the side of his silvery, shiny building. In the other corner, Blair Kamin, decorated architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune and defender of building aesthetics.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> CALL FOR ENTRIES: What do you think the Obama Presidential Library should look like? Justine Testado 2014-11-17T21:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:51:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chicago Architectural Club launched its 2014 edition of the Chicago Prize ideas competition this past weekend: design the Barack Obama Presidential Library! From the lively discussion (if not frenzy) surrounding a Barack Obama Presidential Library possibly being built, the Chicago Prize invites architects and designers to send ideas of how the U.S. Presidential Library building typology should be reinvented.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Chicago Prize 2014 competition aims to spark debate on the typology of the presidential library. Speculative proposals will fulfill functions like housing a collection of artifacts and documents relating to the president&rsquo;s life while also providing educational infrastructure and framework for outreach and community programs.</p><p>Entries are due by <strong>January 10, 2015</strong>. The winner will be announced and exhibited at an opening event at the Chicago Architectural Foundation in February 2015.</p><p>Now's the time to bring the best of your clever ideas to the table.</p><p>Read more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama's presidential library: four radical visions of the future from top architects</a></p> Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-13T18:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T22:04:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Erecting such a building &ldquo;without authority of the General Assembly will diminish or impair the beneficial interest of plaintiffs and other Illinois citizens&rdquo; [...] such a designation conflicts with the trust, which calls for preserving property as &ldquo;a natural resource and as a free and open space not occupied by a giant building.&rdquo; [...] by acting without the approval of state lawmakers, the city and park district would have excessive power over the property &ldquo;for which they have no authority.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Look back, move forward: Weekly News Round-Up for November 3, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-10T18:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T19:00:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, November 7:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">8,000 Glowing Balloons Recreate the Berlin Wall</a>: A 10 mile chain of balloons will line the path where the Wall previously stood, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its demolition.</li><li><a title="First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015</a>: The Biennial's theme of "The State of the Art of Architecture" (named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference),&nbsp;is starting to take shape<em>,</em>&nbsp;and will include a photo exhibition on Chicago from Iwan Baan.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, November 6:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive Hollywood project sits atop quake fault</a>: The California Geological Survey confirmed that the Millenium Hollywood skyscraper sits on top of an active fault, despite the fact that the developer's consultants find no evidence of an active fault in their analysis of the data. LA's Department of Building and Safety will ultimately determine whether the Millenium can be built.</li><li><a title="Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery</a>: Upon the opening of its new photography gallery, the renowned Parisian...</li></ul> First Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Taking Shape for 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-07T13:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T18:09:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The theme of the 2015 edition will be "The State of the Art of Architecture," named after Stanley Tigerman's 1977 conference, and will feature an array of exhibitions and newly commissioned works, including a photo exhibition by lensman Iwan Baan exploring Chicago. [...] The eventt ... is being planned by a group of heavy-hitters, including co-directors Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation, and Joseph Grima, former curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago plans architectural biennial for 2015</a></p> How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront - Rendering Reveals Alexander Walter 2014-11-04T13:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T17:53:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday, during a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects unveiled his design concept for the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts and told reporters that his concept &mdash; a seven-story, dome-like structure that gently slopes towards a halo-like observation deck &mdash; represents a "new type of architecture." That may be an understatement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Learn more about the design in the Museum's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a>.</p> Álvaro Siza and Herzog & de Meuron win first Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize in Chicago Justine Testado 2014-10-23T21:06:00-04:00 >2014-10-25T17:26:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a large evening benefit dinner at IIT College of Architecture's S. R. Crown Hall in Chicago last night, &Aacute;lvaro Siza and Herzog &amp; de Meuron were announced as the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Established by IIT architecture dean Wiel Arets and launched earlier this year with Phyllis Lambert and Dirk Denison, the MCHAP honors what is considered the best built works in the Americas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Siza received the MCHAP2000-2008 award for the Iber&ecirc; Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the MCHAP2009-2013 award, Herzog &amp; de Meuron won for their 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami Beach, Florida.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The MCHAP award also includes the MCHAP Chair at IIT College of Architecture for the following academic year, and a US$50,000 prize to support research and publication in contribution to "Rethinking Metropolis", the college's ongoing theme envisioned by Dean Arets.</p><p>Read more about the winning projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>