Archinect - News 2017-05-29T17:04:41-04:00 Obama's Presidential Center through the landscape architecture lens Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T15:19:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The most important question related to the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side doesn&rsquo;t have that much to do with its architecture. It is instead: What kind of landscape stewardship can a presidential museum and library offer? To be located in Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted&rsquo;s Jackson Park, the project already has a heap of canonical landscape history to contend with. So can the Obama library make a great park greater?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"So this new landscape has the potential to improve upon the already very good. But for whom?," Zach Mortice asks in his piece for <em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em>. "Will these grounds remain public and accessible for all South Siders and Chicagoans, free of charge?"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p></p> If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</p> Blair Kamin calls restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple "triumphant" Alexander Walter 2017-05-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:30:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="980" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frrank Lloyd Wright was never one to fret about meeting deadlines, sticking to budgets or roofs that leaked. So there is something fitting about the delayed, but altogether triumphant, restoration of Wright's Unity Temple, [...] the finest public building of Wright's Chicago years and home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America. Instead of finishing on schedule last fall, the $25 million project is wrapping up just in time for the 150th anniversary of Wright's birthday, June 8.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Success, it's often said, has many fathers, and so it is with here," Kamin writes. "A team of consultants led by Chicago's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harboe Architects</a> has lavished exacting care on every aspect of this project, from the restoration of jewel-like art glass to the recreation of textured plaster walls."</p> Tigerman McCurry are closing shop and retiring Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T18:07:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T18:07:53-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Husband and wife duo Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry, principals of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tigerman McCurry Architects</a>, have had a sizable influence on the profession, particularly in their hometown of Chicago. Now their saga is coming to a close, with Dennis Rodkin of <a href=";utm_source=ccb-breakingnews&amp;utm_campaign=ccb-breakingnews-20170511" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Crain&rsquo;s </em></a>reporting that they&rsquo;re shuttering their practice and retiring.</p><p>Tigerman is perhaps best known for his central position in the Chicago Seven, a group of architects that challenged modernist orthodoxy and ushered in the post-modern era. His built work, from the Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter to the Pensacola Apartments (both in Chicago), exemplifies ideas he expounded in theoretical writing. In 1977, Tigerman organized a conference on &ldquo;The State of the Art of Architecture&rdquo;&mdash;an event of significant import, as signaled by the appropriation of its theme by the curators of the first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>.</p><p>McCurry likewise holds a position in the upper echelons of the post-modern hierarchy. In particular, her residential work has b...</p> The Twitterverse Responds to Obama's Presidential Library Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-08T18:34:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T13:02:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama's unveiling of plans</a> for his upcoming Presidential Library and Center, the former POTUS revealed his young ambitions of being an architect. During yesterdays events, he proclaimed "I wanted to be an architect when I was a kid. Somehow, I took a wrong turn." Back in June, Obama chose architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> to design the foundation, but the community-organizer from Chicago has remained quite active in the planning process for his building, even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sending the team back</a> to the drawing boards after finding their initial design a little too quiet.&nbsp;</p><p>Blair Kamin, of the&nbsp;<em>The Chicago Tribune</em>, is as of yet, the only reporter to give&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his take</a>&nbsp;on the plans. While he is hopeful that kinks will be worked out, he would like to see Obama's populist agenda for the center reflected more in the completed design. But, now that the plans have been released to the public, everyone gets to be a critic and responses to the design, concept, potential effects to the surrounding com...</p> Take a look at the first images of the design for the Obama Presidential Center by TWBTA Nicholas Korody 2017-05-03T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T12:35:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">promised</a>, initial designs for the Obama Presidential Center by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a> were released today. The Center will be composed of three buildings&mdash;the Museum, the Forum, and the Library&mdash;that surround a rectangular plaza.</p><p>The four primary sides of the Museum, the tallest structure on the site, are hexagons, sloping out as they rise before tapering back in about a quarter of the way up the building. In the drawings, the Museum, as well as the other two buildings, appears to be clad in stone. The fa&ccedil;ades are punctured with a few narrow rectangular windows. On the south-western corner of the Museum, a chunk is cut out of the bottom half and the resulting vertical surfaces of the indentation are glazed. On the opposite corner, the top half is cut out, producing a balcony. A large entrance on the southern side leads out to the plaza via a ramp.</p><p>The Forum and the Library line the southern and eastern edges of the plaza. They will be single-story structures with terrac...</p> Obama said to reveal 3D model of Presidential Center on Wednesday Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-02T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T13:46:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Tribune is reporting</a> that the Obamas will finally reveal a conceptual model of the former president&rsquo;s library and museum tomorrow. The Obamas are to release the three-dimensional model at a community meeting event at the South Shore Cultural Center, which also happens to be where the couple held their 1992 wedding reception. Expected to attend the event is Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also served as the president&rsquo;s first White House Chief of Staff. Obama will host a roundtable discussion, giving an update on the center, followed by feedback from community leaders&mdash;a format that makes sense given that Obama got his start as a community organizer in Chicago and has long been a champion of civic engagement.</p><p>The Presidential Center, which is being designed by architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>, has been estimated to cost anywhere from $500 million to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1.5 billion</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be located in Jackson Park</a>, a choice that has been controversial. Some are worried that developme...</p> Goettsch Partners officially debuts new 54-story office tower in Chicago Justine Testado 2017-04-21T19:08:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T19:08:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>150 North Riverside is the new, tall kid on the block in Chicago's West Loop, on a narrow 2-acre riverfront site between Randolph and Lake Streets. Operating since February, the 54-story office tower made its official debut during a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.</p><p>Designed by locally based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goettsch Partners</a>, the massive tower sits atop a narrow base, which fits between seven active Amtrak rail lines to the west and the Chicago River to the east.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photos &copy;&nbsp;Nick Ulivieri</em>.</p><p>With the first full floor at Level 8 and over 100 feet above the plaza, the tower includes column-free office floors and offers 1.25 million square feet of rentable space, currently leased by tenants like William Blair &amp; Co., Hyatt Hotels Corp., Navigant Consulting, and law firm Polsinelli.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Rendering of the plaza. &copy; Goettsch Partners.</em></p><p>The scheme's floor plans average at approximately 28,000 square feet with potential room for 12 corner offices. It also includes restaurants, a fitness center, a large conference center, ...</p> L.A.'s Petersen Museum receives 2017 American Architecture Award Julia Ingalls 2017-04-13T16:58:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T10:57:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite receiving <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a substantial drubbing from architectural critics</a>, the Petersen Museum has managed to garner a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athanaeum Museum of Architecture and Design (among 78 other finalists).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The award, which has been given out since 1994, recognized the new design of the museum for transforming "the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles." The award panel went on to note that:</p><p><em>Unlike most museum renovations, which involve complete building teardown, this is a repositioning project. To use the metaphor of a car, if the existing building is a car&rsquo;s chassis, the design is the body. The bones of the structure remain, and the existing concrete portico on Wilshire is removed. The rooftop becomes converted into a party space which can be rented out. A corrugated aluminum rain screen outboard wraps around the building on each of the three street frontages, giving the museum an entirely new look...</em></p> The Chicago Architecture Biennial to partner with six museums and institutions to get visitors to explore beyond downtown Chicago Nicholas Korody 2017-04-13T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T12:13:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;curated this year by the Los Angeles-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, has announced that it&rsquo;s teaming up with six museums and institutions that will serve as &ldquo;Community Anchor&rdquo; sites. In short, these sites will host events, exhibitions and programming intended to bring the Biennial audience out to other parts of the city, and to encourage visiting Chicago&rsquo;s historic museums. Funded by the Chicago Community Trust, the Community Anchor program &ldquo;confirms the Chicago Architecture Biennial&rsquo;s commitment to being a city-wide initiative by expanding beyond downtown,&rdquo; according to a press release.</p><p>The museums and institutions that have partnered with the Biennial are: The Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.</p><p>&ldquo;There is no better place than the City of Chicago to come together, share ideas, and focus on...</p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events Carl Sergio 2017-04-11T14:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T14:09:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Restoration/Revitalization/Revolution is the theme for these upcoming events&mdash;whether it&rsquo;s historic Wrigley Field, The Hollander Fireproof Warehouse, or Architects Advocate taking the conversation to AIA Convention. Come out to these events to see the changes happening in the community.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wrigley Field Historic Rehabilitation and Restoration &ndash; It's not just a Ballpark | April 13</a></strong></p><p>William Ketcham, AIA and Andrew Pigozzi, AIA from Stantec will give an overview of the 1060 Project which includes Wrigley Field, the adjacent plaza, Cubs office building, hotel, and expanded baseball operations. They will focus on the historic landmark issues, technical forensics and challenges, the sequence of building between baseball seasons, and how winning impacts the schedule. The renovation extends well beyond the friendly confines, and they will discuss how the master plan and collateral development will enhance the greater Wrigle...</p> Chicago's Willis Tower to get $20 million expansion of the hair-raising Skydeck Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-28T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T19:04:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not for the faint of heart, the Blackstone Group is planning on expanding the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skydeck</a>, the popular observatory on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, according to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Business</em></a>. The skyscraper, still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years before being overbuilt by the Petronas Towers. The new owners acquired the space in 2015 for $1.3 billion, the highest price every paid for a US property outside of New York City, and are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considering ways to further develop the property</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2009, the building then held by London-based insurance broker Willis Group, added retractable glass balconies. This panic-inducing attraction extends approximately 4 feet out into the sky, allowing those who dare the ability to stand 1,353 feet in the sky from a glass box referred to as The Ledge. Building on this popular attraction, the fresh proprietors of the tower are considering a $20 million expansion. With&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass-bottomed attractions</a> popping u...</p> Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is named the recipient of the 2016 Chicago Prize Archinect 2017-03-23T16:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T19:50:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Chicago Architecture Club named Lake Forest's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kwong Von Glinow Design Office</a> the recipient of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Chicago Prize</a>. &nbsp;This is a biennial prize given for the design of an international competition. &nbsp;This year's competition, titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On the Edge</a>, asked architects and designers to rethink Lake Shore Drive's connection to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s waterfront. &nbsp;Kwong Von Glinow Design Office's proposal, titled <em>Lattices on the Drive</em>, seeks to enhance the pedestrian's relationship to Lake Shore Drive. &nbsp;At each underpass which leads to the Lake, an access point at the media brings pedestrians up to a steel-frame viewing deck from which they can see the Lake, the city, and of course, Lake Shore Drive. &nbsp;An exhibition of their winning proposal will be in the lobby of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a> through June.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow co-founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Chicago in 2016. &nbsp;Both partners earned their Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of D...</p> 16 designers to display new "Tribune Tower" models at the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T19:41:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:42:02-05:00 <img src="" width="532" height="800" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 1922 contest drew 263 entries from 23 countries and led to the construction of a landmark neo-Gothic skyscraper. In 1980, Chicago architects Stanley Tigerman and Stuart Cohen organized a "Late Entries" version of the legendary contest...Now, the curators of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial are putting together what might be called the "Late Late Entries" to the Tribune Tower competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the names of the sixteen designers picked to create a new "Tribune Tower" at the Chicago Architecture Biennial haven't been announced quite yet, according to this article their designs are already being value-engineered in order to be as feasible as possible for potential construction. Whichever design may ultimately go on to the big time of 1:1 scale, the Biennial will be a delightful experience for all of those who still enjoy enormous physical models of both the built and the unbuilt variety:&nbsp;</p><p><em>In addition to the 16 new versions of Tribune Tower, the curators are commissioning two other 16-foot-tall models of designs for the skyscraper from early in the last century. One is a famous, columnlike version by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos that was part of the 1922 competition. The other, which was not officially entered, is a gridded modernist design by the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.</em></p> 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial participants announced Justine Testado 2017-03-06T13:14:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T14:18:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Preparations for the second <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> are in full swing, with the big reveal of the 2017 participants today. Titled &ldquo;Make New History&rdquo; and with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee</a>&nbsp;as Artistic Directors, the 2017 roster has the names of over 100 firms &mdash; many of them well-known &mdash; representing over 20 countries. The 2017 CAB will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and additional sites across the city from&nbsp;September 16 through January 7, 2018.</p><p>Building upon the themes and ideas presented in the successful 2015 edition, the 2017 biennial will showcase a diversity of architectural work from across the globe and will focus on &ldquo;examining the underpinnings of this resurgence of historical interest&rdquo; and &ldquo;the efforts of contemporary architects to align their work with versions of history.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice,&rdquo; Sharon Johnston says.</p><p>Her...</p> Obama reacts to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects's first design for the Obama Presidential Library Nicholas Korody 2017-02-24T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-02-27T09:31:31-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Interviewed by Paul Goldberger, the New York architecture critic who advised the Obama Foundation on the architect selection process for the library, Williams and Tsien revealed conceptual ideas for the project, said Obama critiqued an early plan of theirs as too quiet [...] "He said it was too unflashy," ArchDaily quoted Tsien as saying. "He looked at what we did and he said, 'I said you could be sort of quiet, but I think you're a little too quiet.'"</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 '17 Justine Testado 2017-02-21T18:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:02:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.<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. 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 </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Check out what upcoming events are happening at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SAIC Department of&nbsp;Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects</a> for Spring '17.</p><p><strong>Feb 24</strong><br>Studio Swine<br>4:15 pm-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center Ground Floor, 37 Wabash Ave</p><p><strong>Mar 2</strong><br>Rossana Hu<br>4:15-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 9</strong><br>Center for Genomic Gastronomy<br>Tasting and Symposium: 12-2 pm at&nbsp;US Food Fanatic Auditorium, 900 North Branch St<br>Lecture: 6-8 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 16</strong><br>Jeanne Gang<br>6-8 pm at Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S Michigan Ave&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ma...</strong></p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-02-21T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-02-25T22:22:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Spring is&nbsp;continuing&nbsp;to bring&nbsp;visiting&nbsp;architects lectures to Chicago this week.&nbsp;We also&nbsp;have volunteer opportunities for designers and global&nbsp;research presentations.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junya Ishigami |&nbsp;February 21</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>junya.ishigami+associates</em></p><p>The Golden Lion award winner for best project at the 12th international architecture biennale will speak on tectonics and environment as he comes to IIT this week. His work, though minimal insertions, shows a connection of purity from art to architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Colonizing Heritage: The Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar's Architecture |&nbsp;February 22</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em></em></p><p>The Martin Roche Travel Scholarship recipient Devon Morris will be at the Chicago design Museum this week to speak on his travels to Myanmar. In a constant state of globalization, many countries have to find new approaches to historical conservation and continual re-use of architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Chicago Volunteer Expo |&nbsp;February 26</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em></em></p><p>There are plent...</p> Chicago’s Willis Tower is about to get a $500M facelift Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T12:37:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T12:38:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>City officials revealed Wednesday a slew of improvements for Chicago&rsquo;s tallest building, the Willis Tower. Totaling up to $500 million, the renovations will include six floors of new retail space, an outdoor deck and a winter garden&mdash;all intended to entice tourists into the Tower. Other potential new amenities include a rooftop skating rink and a 50,000 square foot digital attraction. Officials said that 5,000 Skydeck tickets will be given each year to Chicago schools. $100,000 will be donated to Project Pipeline, a program for young people.</p><p>The project, which is spearheaded by the building&rsquo;s owners the Blackstone Group L.P., will begin this month and end in the summer of 2019. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the project should create 2,500 jobs.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t DNA Info&nbsp;</a></p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-02-06T15:36:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T22:15:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>University lectures and research exhibitions are starting up for the new year.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lecture: Yvonne Farrell | February 15</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image credit: Grafton Architects</em></p><p>Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects has been invited to speak at IIT this month. The Dublin firm has given shape to many institutional buildings across Europe since its founding.</p><p>Fresh off an announcement that she will be one of the curators for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition we look to get a glimpse into what lies ahead in 2018.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vladimir Radutny Architects &ndash; Firm Tour | February 16</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image credit: Mike Schwartz (c)</em></p><p>Recently honored Dubin Family Young Architect Vladimir Radutny is opening his doors to the Young Architects Forum. Much of Radutny&rsquo;s work include community and residential spaces that respect the quality of craft. Always active in materiality and detailing, this is an opportunity to witness these traits in person. RSVP requested.</p><p>After the tou...</p> Will the Willis Tower lose its claim to being the tallest building in Chicago? Nicholas Korody 2017-01-27T17:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:06:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Willis Tower may soon have to say goodbye to its title as the tallest building in the Windy City. Two competing designs for a redevelopment of the Helmut Jahn-designed James R. Thompson center stretch high above the tower. One, by Jahn himself, would preserve the original, curving structure while adding a 1,340-foot hotel and residential skyscraper besides it. Another, by Chicago architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, would demolish the Jahn building and build a 1,700-foot mixed-use tower. Apparently, Governor Bruce Rauner is in favor of demolishing the older building.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Chicago Tribune</a></em>, it&rsquo;s not clear if any of these plans will actually be realized. Budgetary disputes between Dems and Republicans in the state government may preclude any action.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-01-23T10:00:00-05:00 >2017-01-31T21:28:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="560" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Between preservation lectures and even help landing you that dream job, there is a lot going on in the city.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>&nbsp;over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The Last Days of Louis Sullivan&nbsp;| January 25</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Former entrance to the Chicago Stock Exchange (now at the Art Institute of Chicago) designed by Louis Sullivan. Photo: Jeremy Atherton, via Wikipedia.</em></p><p>In the continuing &lsquo;Projects by Chicago Architects&rsquo; series, Cliff Dwellers opens up its newest dinner and talk&nbsp; to cultural historian Tim Samuelson. Tim looks back on Louis Sullivan&rsquo;s later designs and his deep roots to Chicago. Following the presentation, a display of some of Sullivan&rsquo;s work will be on display.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canada's Modern Architecture, 1886 to the Present: An Authors Event |&nbsp;January 26</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Authors Michelangelo Sabatino and Rhodri Windsor Liscombe will discuss their new book,&nbsp;<em>Canada (Modern Architectures in History)</em>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Path to Success: Architects Working Abroad | January 31</a></strong></p><p><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></p><p>Ever wonder what it would be like working as ...</p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-01-09T16:12:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the holidays over, take a look at whats&nbsp;happening around <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicag</a>o. Many picks&nbsp;collected show local architects engaging the community at large. We look to continue this trend&nbsp;with the help of the many talented designers that are&nbsp;making the&nbsp;change in this city.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Technologies Improving Our Industry CSI Chicago Pecha Kucha Night | January 12</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image via</em></p><p>The Chicago Chapter of CSI is hosting a Pecha Kucha event. Young professionals from around the city will be presenting diverse but short pieces of work relevant to the field of architecture.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fresh Futures; Vladimir Radutny, AIA | January 11</a></strong></p><p><strong><img alt="" src=""></strong></p><p>Vladimir Radutny has recently been honored with last year&rsquo;s Dubin Family Young Architect Award. He will be going over his firms recent works in residential architecture and interior design, as well as discuss his unique approach on experimentation in design. This is part of Chicago Design Museum&rsquo;s ongoing series&nbsp;<em>City of Ideas: Architects&rsquo; Voices and Visions</em>.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dialogues with Gensler: H...</a></strong></p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2016-12-12T12:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:32:23-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any design enthusiast would know,&nbsp;Chicago has an infamously rich architectural history&nbsp;that is celebrated to this day. And it's about time&nbsp;that Archinect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;finally started&nbsp;featuring a&nbsp;list of architectural&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">events</a>&nbsp;in the Windy City. We're excited to present our first list of Chicago architecture and design&nbsp;event picks, specially&nbsp;selected by architects&nbsp;Holden Scully and&nbsp;Carl Sergio from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>'s Chicago office.</p><p>Have a look at their&nbsp;event picks below for the month of December.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Douglas Snider: Using Virtual Reality to Create Empathy of Place</a>&nbsp;| December 14, 2016, 6PM @&nbsp;Chicago Design Museum</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Douglas Snider of Studio Talo Architecture speaks on the progression of perspective imagery into virtual reality. This is part of the City of Ideas: Architects' Voices and Visions by the Chicago Design Museum.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Poetry Foundation: Poetry and Architecture</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;|&nbsp;December 15, 2016, 12PM @&nbsp;</strong><strong>Chicago Design Museum</strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Don Share of Poetry Magazine discusses Harriet Monroe&rsquo;s view of poetry and how it has transl...</p> Chicago design firm casts hammy metaphor over Trump Tower Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-06T19:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T23:25:00-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="783" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New World Design Ltd. has shared a hypothetical proposal that would partially obscure the view of the infamous Trump Tower Chicago sign with four giant, gold-colored balloon pigs. [...] the pigs would be tethered to buoys in the Chicago River and provide &ldquo;visual relief to the citizens of Chicago,&rdquo; many of whom are presumably tired of seeing Trump&rsquo;s name everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More acts of architectural protest:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Respond to the AIA&rsquo;s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump</a></li><li><a title="Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces</a></li><li><a title="Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea</a></li><li><a title="Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cooper Union graduates stage tuition protest at Commencement ceremony</a></li></ul> Send your ideas to the 2016 Chicago Prize “On the Edge” competition Justine Testado 2016-12-05T19:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-11T22:49:51-05:00 <img src="" width="800" height="517" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visionary plans, policy, and infrastructure have all played crucial roles in the development of the city and consequently in the definition of its edge. Today, conflicting interests regarding ownership, use, and value of the Lakefront have produced a stalemate of what this civic treasure could become.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A hotspot for land-use disputes, the urban development of Chicago's Lakefront is the subject of the&nbsp;2016 Chicago Prize competition, "On the Edge&rdquo;. Launched on November 29 by the Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the competition seeks speculative architectural interventions for the Lakefront &ldquo;in consideration of the stated issues that imagine and speculate its scape&rdquo; &mdash; as exemplified in recent situations like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>,&nbsp;the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barack H. Obama Presidential Library</a>, or the impacts of Lake Shore Drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>The Chicago Lakefront. Photo: Payton Chung/Flickr.</em></p><p>The CAC asks: &ldquo;Would new strategies of zoning recharge this long strip of stand-alone city-land? Can architectural interventions function as a framework for the excitation of the edge? How will the collision of the metropolis and the lake create a radical emergence of the unimaginable?&rdquo;</p><p>There is no set program for this competition.&nbsp;A Question-and-Answer period is open now until December ...</p> 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="" width="650" height="314" 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="" 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> Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall '16 Justine Testado 2016-09-15T12:45:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T11:55:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The Fall '16 lineup for the <a href="" 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> 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="" width="650" height="433" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel &amp; residential redevelopment</a></p> 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="" width="650" height="488" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are we losing the cyberwar?</a></li></ul>