Archinect - News 2017-03-28T18:01:08-04:00 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> 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="" width="650" height="409" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A plan to clean up the River Spree around Museum Island in Berlin</a></li></ul> 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards archanonymous 2016-08-16T00:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T21:43:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be designed</a> by&nbsp;Tod Williams a...</p> 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="" width="650" height="366" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waukegan, Illinois</a>, or <a href="" 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=""></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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncomprom...</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="464" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status &mdash; it's about time!</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li></ul> Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center Nicholas Korody 2016-06-30T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-12-28T13:01:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="447" 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=""></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=""></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> 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="" 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> "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="" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago</a>, weary of holding large events off-campus, hired <a href="" 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=""></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> 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="" width="650" height="433" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embattled Lucas Museum may move to S.F.'s Treasure Island</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt</a></li></ul> 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="" width="650" height="426" 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="" 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=""></p><p>The prequels to this particular saga:</p><ul><li><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li></ul> Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago Julia Ingalls 2016-05-05T21:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-11T14:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Eye</a> designers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marks Barfield Architects</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Davis Brody Bond</a>&nbsp;have created a new aerial cable car for <a href="" 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=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></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> 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="" width="650" height="369" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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=""></p><p>You can conquer the box-office, but stakeholder groups are a whole different echelon:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ch...</a></li></ul>