Archinect - News 2016-05-04T19:22:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149943464/lawsuit-against-lucas-museum-holds-off-for-now Lawsuit against Lucas Museum holds off (for now) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-03T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-03T13:02:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9z/9zn3q0a7gn7i9ur4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Friends of the Park] said in a news release that the stay "gives all parties the opportunity to have a more direct and productive dialogue to reach a potential solution about a museum site." [...] The move marks the latest twist in a controversy that began in 2014 when Lucas shifted the museum's location to Chicago... It gives momentum, if only momentarily, to a compromise plan for the museum that Emanuel floated last month.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on prior news on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114574679/frank-gehry-defends-mad-s-design-for-lucas-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry defends MAD's design for Lucas Museum</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941584/even-after-improved-plan-lucas-museum-still-mired-in-legal-and-financial-problems Even after improved plan, Lucas Museum still mired in legal and financial problems Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-20T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T13:47:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ubu1rhxmdgfz5rth.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>this plan creates a new complication all its own: a financing scheme that involves borrowing nearly $1.2 billion and extending five taxes beyond their expiration dates: Tax dollars collected in 2066 still would be paying off a deal cut a half-century earlier, in 2016. [...] By law both proposed museum sites are submerged lake bottom and have special protections. [...] If you're a citizen, you own what's called a fractional beneficial interest in this public trust land. You can use it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Get caught up on the rocky development history of Chicago's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art:</p><ul><li><a title='The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Lucas Museum may have found a new location &ndash; but is it "a trap"?</a></li><li><a title="Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a title="Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a title="Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></li><li><a title="Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113578619/lucas-museum-faces-lawsuit-from-friends-of-the-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas museum faces lawsuit from Friends of the Parks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940895/the-lucas-museum-may-have-found-a-new-location-but-is-it-a-trap The Lucas Museum may have found a new location – but is it "a trap"? Nicholas Korody 2016-04-15T12:29:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T14:33:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qapuw37zntf8agw.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to tear down the McCormick Place East building to make way for the controversial Lucas Museum of Narrative Art? If reports to that effect are true, the move, which would demolish most of the massive structure, could be an olive branch to parks advocates dedicated to keeping the shoreline clear of buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Yet the move could also be a trap. By signing off on a plan to allow the Lucas Museum to be built east of Lake Shore Drive, parks advocates would be trampling on the very principle they have used in federal court to block the museum backed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas."</em></p><p>For more on the controversial plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, check out some past Archinect coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138046023/chicagoans-still-split-over-lakefront-lucas-museum-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out</a></li></ul><p></p><p><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/girl-gf-tells-wfdzAgbvsK7Mk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via GIPHY</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938535/how-jeanne-gang-wants-to-make-police-stations-community-friendly How Jeanne Gang wants to make police stations community-friendly Justine Testado 2016-04-05T17:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:20:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvwkg4ahncgg3xkg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A police station could be welcoming...And if you can remake space, you can change a culture." Out of that comes Polis Station...Working in their home city, [Studio Gang] looked at a typical station on the troubled West Side. Their proposal reimagines the station house, placing the secure areas at the back and a variety of public services &ndash; a library, daycare, mental-health-care providers and a community room &ndash; all sharing a grand public entrance and adjacent to new park space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933852/studio-gang-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Brazil</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149827841/jeanne-gang-wins-architect-of-the-year-in-2016-s-women-in-architecture-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeanne Gang wins Architect of the Year in 2016's Women in Architecture Awards</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147905808/nypd-admits-to-using-stringrays-military-tech-that-sweeps-up-cell-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYPD admits to using "Stringrays," military tech that sweeps up cell data</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936161/a-bird-s-eye-view-of-la-with-geoff-manaugh-and-the-lapd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bird's-eye view of LA with Geoff Manaugh and the LAPD</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936792/chicago-spire-s-gaping-hole-to-be-hidden-behind-piles-of-dirt Chicago Spire's gaping hole to be hidden behind piles of dirt Alexander Walter 2016-03-28T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T01:54:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/ic8ypbvxbe1mlthq.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was supposed to be a strutting 150-story lakefront symbol of the city's virility &mdash; but eight years after construction of the Chicago Spire skyscraper ground to a halt, the gaping hole where it was to have stood has instead become an enduring reminder of the Great Recession. So owner Related Midwest is now hiding the unsightly circular hole that would have formed the foundation of the world's second-tallest building behind a pile of dirt.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Calatrava-designed Chicago Spire project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114500828/looks-like-calatrava-won-t-get-paid-for-his-chicago-spire-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looks Like Calatrava Won't Get Paid for His Chicago Spire Work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93084470/chicago-spire-developer-wants-to-resume-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire developer wants to resume project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87047/chicago-spire-developer-in-talks-with-afl-cio-for-funding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire developer in talks with AFL-CIO for funding</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936194/amanda-williams-the-architect-behind-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-s-color-ed-theory-on-art-and-activism Amanda Williams, the architect behind the Chicago Architecture Biennial's "Color(ed) Theory", on art and activism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-23T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:41:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a45677c40a0d917fe96f68be3a2959f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been asked to do a lot of direct-action things, but have been hesitating to commit to anything. I feel like I need a strategy for this next step so I don&rsquo;t get mired in the social activism and lose track of the art and architecture. It doesn&rsquo;t mean that activism isn&rsquo;t important, but it is a slippery slope to start advocating all the time instead of using my unique lens to focus on these issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The Chicago Architecture Biennial prepares for round two in 2017 " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145210767/the-chicago-architecture-biennial-prepares-for-round-two-in-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Biennial prepares for round two in 2017</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid is not impressed by the Chicago Architecture Biennial" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143437694/zaha-hadid-is-not-impressed-by-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid is not impressed by the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></li><li><a title='"Second Season, Second City" &ndash; A discussion of the Chicago Architecture Biennial with Cynthia Davidson of Log, on Archinect Sessions #41 ' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140472862/second-season-second-city-a-discussion-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-with-cynthia-davidson-of-log-on-archinect-sessions-41" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Second Season, Second City" &ndash; A discussion of the Chicago Architecture Biennial with Cynthia Davidson of Log, on Archinect Sessions #41</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138573406/the-humanity-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/138278659/what-s-the-matter-with-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's the matter with the Chicago Architecture Biennial?</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9r/9r2xgkbxudibkc7h.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>One of the abandoned houses Williams painted for the "Color(ed) Theory" project, exhibited in the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148835364/how-chicago-s-reviving-chinatown-is-building-upon-its-history How Chicago's reviving Chinatown is building upon its history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T21:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T01:05:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5v/5vhf2dv7v9i6puk8.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most modern Chinatowns are serving less as a singular manifestation of Chinese-American life than as a central gathering place for people to experience Chinese culture...And indeed, Chinatowns themselves were often built on the ground of former ethnic enclaves that had organically dissolved...But as Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown demonstrates, this is not a predictable story. More than a hundred years after its founding, the neighborhood has a dynamism that can&rsquo;t be neatly scripted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As Chinatowns across the U.S. succumb to gentrification and shifting cultural preferences, writer Anna Clark spotlights the particular booming growth and expansion taking place in Chicago's Chinatown.</p><p>More in relation to urban growth:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128860/shocker-new-york-tops-list-of-most-expensive-cities-for-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shocker: New York tops list of most expensive cities for construction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143132832/how-l-a-can-reboot-its-creative-economy-so-artists-can-actually-live-in-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How L.A. can reboot its "creative economy" so artists can actually live in town</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140828555/how-one-urban-planner-is-helping-revamp-a-miami-suburb-without-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How one urban planner is helping revamp a Miami suburb "without gentrification"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148425129/get-lectured-school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago-spring-16 Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '16 Justine Testado 2016-02-18T13:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:48:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fihifoycw3avgea.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/688597/2016-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2016</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/336082/get-lectured" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&nbsp;is back in session.&nbsp;<em>Get Lectured</em>&nbsp;is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>connect@archinect.com</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>The next featured poster comes from the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/6087533/school-of-the-art-institute-of-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago</a>.</p><p>Have a look at SAIC's upcoming AIADO events below.</p><p><strong>Mar 3</strong><br>Anicka Yi&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mar 7</strong><br>Joep van Lieshout</p><p><strong>Mar 8-11: <em>Human Resources: A Series of Conversations on Design</em></strong></p><p><em><strong>Mar 8</strong></em><br>4-7 p.m.<br>"We Make the Road by Walking"<br>Nico Dockx, Lydia Kallipoliti, Matthew Jesse Jackson, Joseph Grigely, Eric Ellingsen</p><p><em><strong>Mar 9</strong></em><br>"Design Pessimism"<br>Sara Huston, Melissa Orlie, John Paananen, Stuart Sim, Bess Williamson</p><p><em>Installation</em><br>"Confessions from the Anthropocene"<br>by The Last Attempt at Greatness:&nbsp;Sara Huston,&nbsp;John Paana...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148349625/chicago-site-of-george-lucas-museum-in-legal-battle Chicago site of George Lucas' museum in legal battle Julia Ingalls 2016-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T23:29:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k4/k41tl1fp3eq9153v.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a filing Tuesday, the city asked the judge in the case to lift an order barring Lucas from starting construction before the legal fight is resolved. The city argues the order "puts the entire project at risk" because the museum "may choose to leave Chicago and relocate to another city." A status hearing is set for Wednesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Will Los Angeles be the ultimate destination for George Lucas' museum? It's a possibility if the Chicago legal battles drag on, which makes one wonder: what would be the easiest, hassle-free site? Downtown? The Westside?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t1/t1qezqhdwdqsm5xz.jpg"></p><p><strong>In the meantime, here's a recap of the history of the Lucas Museum of&nbsp;Narrative</strong><strong>&nbsp;Art:</strong>&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733414/george-lucas-open-to-moving-his-museum-to-los-angeles-if-chicago-isn-t-working-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">George Lucas open to moving his museum to Los Angeles if Chicago isn't working out</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138046023/chicagoans-still-split-over-lakefront-lucas-museum-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147969262/chicago-s-marina-city-designated-official-landmark-status-it-s-about-time Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time! Justine Testado 2016-02-12T15:22:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T21:54:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2w/2wc8i7kik9rq0igu.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...it's tempting to turn cartwheels over the Chicago City Council's vote to grant permanent landmark status to Marina City, the city within a city best known for its iconic corncob-shaped towers. Marina City was a landmark building that lacked official landmark status and was therefore vulnerable &mdash; if not to demolition, then to insensitive additions that chipped away at the sculpted beauty of its curving concrete.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since the process began last July,&nbsp;Chicago City Council unanimously voted 48-0 (with the absence of two aldermen) to designate Bertrand Goldberg's midcentury icon as a historic city landmark as of Wednesday, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loopnorth.com/news/marina0212.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>.</p><p>"Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, deserves credit for championing the protection of Marina City..." Blair Kamin writes in the Chicago Tribune. "Yet it can't be forgotten that Reilly in 2012 supported the demolition of the Goldberg-designed Prentice Women's Hospital, a building that lacked Marina City's picture-postcard appeal but was nonetheless worth saving because of its boldly engineered concrete shell structure and humanistic interior.&nbsp;In a sense, Prentice died so that Marina could live."</p><p>Previous news on this topic:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147823826/society-of-architectural-historians-announces-major-grant-for-charnley-persky-house-conservation-management-plan Society of Architectural Historians Announces Major Grant for Charnley-Persky House Conservation Management Plan SAH1365 2016-02-10T17:53:00-05:00 >2016-02-27T22:00:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4j84ncsra4gbbi1.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Society of Architectural Historians has received a $123,000 grant from the&nbsp;<strong>Alphawood Foundation</strong>&nbsp;to hire&nbsp;<strong>Harboe Architects</strong>&nbsp;to develop a conservation management plan for Charnley-Persky House. Designed by Adler and Sullivan in 1891&ndash;1892 when Frank Lloyd Wright was an apprentice in their office, Charnley-Persky House will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its design in 2016 with a new conservation management plan that will assess the current physical state of the structure, identify potential problem areas, and establish conservation priorities for the continued health of the building. Charnley-Persky House serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, an international not-for-profit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. &nbsp;<br><br>As an advocate for heritage conservation, SAH is extremely grateful to the Alphawood Foundation for giving the organization the ability...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147194078/o-hare-airport-announces-1-3b-expansion-deal O’Hare airport announces $1.3B expansion deal Alexander Walter 2016-02-02T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T14:35:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdcyr16j8lbr4img.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's major airlines have struck a deal to build the final runway envisioned in the city's multibillion-dollar modernization of O'Hare International Airport, but new gates that experts agree are key to significant reductions in long-standing flight delays are not part of the pact. The agreement, which the mayor formally announced Saturday, calls for spending $1.3 billion to build a sixth east-west runway at the airfield&rsquo;s north end [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140878328/beacons-in-the-sky-photographer-carolyn-russo-celebrates-the-architecture-of-airport-towers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107561423/the-next-generation-airport-is-a-destination-in-its-own-right" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next-Generation Airport Is a Destination in Its Own Right</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142853295/the-iconography-of-an-airport-hotel" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The iconography of an airport hotel</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145210767/the-chicago-architecture-biennial-prepares-for-round-two-in-2017 The Chicago Architecture Biennial prepares for round two in 2017 Justine Testado 2016-01-07T19:33:00-05:00 >2016-01-07T21:03:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3z9q0vntnww7tylt.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Met with "unequivocal success", as described by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be back in fall 2017.&nbsp;The Chicago Cultural Center had a bustling three months serving as the venue of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, "The State of the Art of Architecture", which ran from October 3-January 3.</p><p>While the content of the Biennial itself is <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143437694/zaha-hadid-is-not-impressed-by-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">up for debate</a>, the event attracted&nbsp;over 500,000 attendees. Students, educators, architects, and the general public got to check out <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/658383/cutting-across" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibitions</a>, full-scale installations like those from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/539255/lakefront-kiosk-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Lakefront Kiosk Competition</a>, and a slew of public programs.&nbsp;</p><p>There isn't much about the 2017 event just yet, but official dates, leadership, and the Biennial's theme will be revealed in the coming months. Stay tuned.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lg/lgnjr6sjkoc1dzfh.jpg"></p><p>In case you missed it, here's plenty of CAB coverage from Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/658383/cutting-across" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/666774/mini-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's "Next Up" Mini-Sessions podcast interviews</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140472862/second-season-second-city-a-discussion-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-with-cynthia-davidson-of-log-on-archinect-sessions-41" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Second Season, Second City" &ndash; A discussi...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club – after 41 years! Alexander Walter 2016-01-07T15:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:27:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31v6ocojhgm7yg0a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanghai Tower has officially completed as the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. [...] The completion of Shanghai Tower is especially notable for pushing Chicago&rsquo;s 442-meter Willis Tower (originally Sears Tower), once the world&rsquo;s tallest building, out of the Top 10 list for the first time since it completed in 1974. Willis Tower was among the Top 10 Tallest Buildings for 41 years</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat goes on to say: "Given the rapid development of urban centers in these regions and the new heights that are being realized by contemporary tall buildings, CTBUH data projects that it will be less than five years before Willis Tower also falls out of the Top 20 Tallest Buildings."</p><p><em>Cue the sad trombone, Chicago.</em></p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/v5/v5g7lr38bso8xe19.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v5/v5g7lr38bso8xe19.jpg"></a></p><p>&uarr; The updated CTBUH Current Tallest 20 poster (click image to enlarge).</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96101879/cranes-are-dismantled-from-china-s-shanghai-tower-skyscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cranes are dismantled from China's Shanghai Tower skyscraper</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122214181/need-a-skyscraper-chicago-s-willis-tower-just-hit-the-market" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Need a skyscraper? Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower just hit the market.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143898306/these-are-the-seven-finalists-in-the-obama-presidential-center-competition These are the seven finalists in the Obama Presidential Center competition Alexander Walter 2015-12-21T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:38:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/39/39zy1be23lyagc42.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to seven architectural firms, one of which will ultimately be selected to design the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) on the South Side of Chicago. [...] Although the RFP process is not a design competition, the RFP will require defined, visual responses from each candidate to present creative ideas in response to the Foundation&rsquo;s project goals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137263124/obama-presidential-center-competition-attracts-140-firms-early-2016-selection-date-of-architect-expected-to-be-delayed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sending out RFQs</a> to a broad range of (undisclosed but<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135669065/first-big-name-architects-confirmed-for-obama-presidential-center" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> widely speculated</a>) architectural firms on August 26, the President and First Lady, together with advisers from the Obama Foundation, have found time to sit down and select seven finalists to receive a formal&nbsp;Request for Proposal. The top-picks aren't surprising and reflect the direction public predictions had already taken:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/77876/adjaye-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Adjaye Associates</strong></a>, London, England</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Diller Scofidio + Renfro</strong></a>, New York, NY</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2791/john-ronan-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>John Ronan Architects</strong></a>, Chicago, Illinois</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/341/renzo-piano-building-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Renzo Piano Building Workshop</strong></a>, Genova, Italy</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/SHoP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>SHoP Architects</strong></a>, New York, NY</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sn&oslash;hetta</strong></a>, New York, NY</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</strong></a>, New York, NY</li></ul><p>Martin Nesbitt, chairman of the Obama Foundation, said: "These finalists offer a variety of backgrounds and styles, and any one of them would be an excellent choice. We are excited to see this process moving forward because the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/517819/barack-obama-presidential-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a> will be so much more than a library &ndash; this facility will seek to inspire citizens across the globe to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142823587/architecture-in-the-age-of-photoshop Architecture in the age of photoshop Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T14:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-09T18:42:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5chjtxiaf5bfjnwm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural photography is supposed to be different from the airbrushed images of nude women that are about to disappear from the centerfold of Playboy magazine. But what if an edited photograph of a building doesn't just crop out visual clutter like street lights but alters the contours of the building itself? What should we think about an architectural award that was bestowed on the basis of such a doctored image?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his column, Kamin scrutinizes the recent awarding of an honor award to El Centro, a building designed by Juan Moreno, by the Chicago branch of the AIA. Apparently, the architects provided the jurors with a photoshopped image of the building, notably erasing the clunky air circulation machines that crowd its roof and disturb its silhouette. With its regional awards, the AIA, unlike the Pritzker and other awards, does not mandate <em>in situ</em> inspection by jurors &ndash; or at least, up to now.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/mot9zveq0opcpzhp.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142439179/design-and-power-locked-in-an-uncanny-embrace-ian-vollner-on-the-chicago-architecture-biennial "Design and power, locked in an uncanny embrace": Ian Vollner on the Chicago Architecture Biennial Nicholas Korody 2015-12-02T14:30:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:41:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgiz2kmdzovmgqyg.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Look closely and you might find that the two operations are connected: Bureaucracy turns out the statistical slurry, and architecture reconstitutes it into built form. And since the actual process of making architecture occupies the lower half, as it were, of this digestive cycle, it is generally held to be an ancillary thing, tedious and occult.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Given the popularity of this perception, it&rsquo;s understandable that the field of design is seized by a sneaking inferiority complex&mdash;which is why, from time to time, architects must meet up to remind the world, and one another, that what they do is Important Shit."</em></p><p><em>&#8203;</em>After some linguistic judo and a slew of qualifiers aimed primarily at tenuous power relations and poorly-disguised disciplinary insecurities, Volner concludes, "CAB has a fighting chance to emerge as the leader in its field."<br><br>In case you're not already glutted from all the reviews of the CAB, here's some more:</p><ul><li><a title="The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138573406/the-humanity-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a></li><li><a title="Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Architecture Lobby's uninvited installation takes aim at the field's labor issues" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139532431/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-the-architecture-lobby-s-uninvited-installation-takes-aim-at-the-field-s-labor-issues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Architecture Lobby's uninvited installation takes aim at the field's labor issues</a></li><li><a title="Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139400639/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tatiana-bilbao-s-solution-to-mexico-s-housing-shortage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage</a></li><li><a title="Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Myth-Making of New-Territories / M4" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139338717/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-the-myth-making-of-new-territories-m4" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Myth-Making of New-Territories / M4</a></li><li><a title="Chicago Architecture Biennial: Hit or Miss? A Review" href="http://archinect.com/architectstasy/chicago-architecture-biennial-hit-or-miss-a-review" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial: Hit or Miss? A...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141742647/fire-on-50th-floor-of-chicago-s-hancock-center-left-five-people-injured Fire on 50th floor of Chicago's Hancock Center left five people injured Alexander Walter 2015-11-23T13:03:00-05:00 >2015-11-23T13:03:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/ra8kabmmgz2gxj34.jpg" width="514" height="688" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five people were injured in a fire that broke out Saturday afternoon in a bedroom on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center, officials said. [...] The cause of the fire has not been determined, officials said. [...] Earlier Saturday, flames could be seen shooting out of a window on the 50th floor, catching the attention of Michigan Avenue shoppers, some of whom were getting ready for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. A smoky smell lingered near the ground several hours later.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140899262/flying-firefighters-the-jetpack-is-quickly-becoming-a-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135264992/trial-by-fire-man-waits-out-raging-wildfires-in-concrete-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trial by fire: man waits out raging wildfires in concrete home</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141361583/prairie-futurism-designs-revealed-for-the-new-chicago-apple-store Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store Nicholas Korody 2015-11-18T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:30:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y3/y3toh6jacp1f4p49.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The long-rumored Apple store at the gateway to the North Michigan Avenue shopping district won't be a 2.0 version of the famous glass cube that forms an iconic entry into the retailer's Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan. It will be more like a high-tech version of Frank Lloyd Wright's quintessentially Midwestern Prairie Style homes, with river views to boot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a7wnlcwrvxwc0e7.jpg"><br><br>The Chicago Tribune obtained a draft report from Chicago's Department of Planning and Development that details plans for a new Apple store alongside the river and adjacent to the Michigan Avenue bridge. Moving away from the iconic minimalism of its flagship Manhattan store, the Foster + Partners-designed building incorporates Frank Lloyd Wrightian influences, in a nod to its particular regional importance.<br><br>Specifically, the 20,000 sq. ft. retail space will stand about 14 ft high &ndash; about half the height of the Fifth Avenue store &ndash; capped by a large, flat, carbon-fiber-reinforced roof with rounded corners. A significant overhang recalls the horizontal lines of the Prairie school, and is intended to provide relief during the sweltering Mid-Western summers. The walls will still be glazed, in typical Apple fashion, enabling sweeping river views.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3z008l4nqqsgv5tw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/71/71lko48e1pjoyr8t.jpg"><br><br>Similar to the Manhattan Apple store, the most-visible architectural element is in fact an entry pavilion leading down to a subterranean &ndash; or, tec...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140806811/only-one-vote-left-before-marina-city-can-become-official-city-landmark Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmark Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-10T12:50:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:33:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t64f1rf3z6g2t6j0.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[On Thursday, November 5], the Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously voted to recommend Chicago Landmark status to the Marina City complex. [...] A resolution will be drafted and will head to the Chicago City Council in December for a final vote.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This seems like a done deal.&nbsp;As quoted in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loopnorth.com/news/landmark1105.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Loop North News</a>, Commission on Chicago Landmarks chairman, Rafael Leon:&nbsp;"everybody recognizes those buildings around the world, that the moment that they see it, they see Chicago. I&rsquo;m so glad that we have gotten to the point of designating these buildings as landmarks.&rdquo;</p><p>For the lead-up to Marina City's landmark status:</p><ul><li><a title="Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status</a></li><li><a title="Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140017491/chicago-city-council-approves-construction-of-lucas-museum-of-narrative-art Chicago City Council approves construction of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Julia Ingalls 2015-10-29T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T21:11:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dg3su222wjjpjlpz.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chicago City Council voted on Wednesday to approve the zoning proposal for the 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which will be located near Soldier Field.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a press release issued by Chicago Mayor <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101780190/chicago-mayor-blasts-trump-sign-as-tasteless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel</a>'s&nbsp;office, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art President Don Bacigalupi said that&nbsp;&ldquo;[The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art] will also deliver nearly 200,000 square feet of new green space and accessible parkland along the lakefront for all to enjoy. We are excited to move forward with the Museum's construction.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>For more on the <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>-designed Lucas&nbsp;museum, do check out:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vp/vpcdvv6ntzpjlntc.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138046023/chicagoans-still-split-over-lakefront-lucas-museum-plans" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicagoans still split over lakefront Lucas Museum plans</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/28/285oko98kn6omms8.jpg"></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126775111/uncompromising-design-part-of-newly-disclosed-reasons-for-why-lucas-museum-didn-t-go-to-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncompromising design part of newly disclosed reasons for why Lucas museum didn't go to SF</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/un/uncsnpygufvrnxlr.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123052384/lawsuit-against-the-lucas-museum-to-proceed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lawsuit against the Lucas Museum to Proceed</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139872783/giving-architects-their-due-and-drawing-buyers-by-naming-buildings-after-them Giving architects their due, and drawing buyers, by naming buildings after them Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T20:35:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/abpjmgyjuwrft83x.jpg" width="514" height="811" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Related Midwest, the Chicago division of New York-based Related Cos., will honor the prolific, albeit little-remembered, Chicago architect Edward H. Bennett and name its 843-foot apartment and condo tower at 451 E. Grand Ave. "One Bennett Park." [...] "I think that the buyers and the people who rent in this building will be people that are interested in architecture. I think they're the types of people who will recognize the Bennett name and who will be interested in learning more."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/139609547/welcome-to-evanston-illinois-the-carless-suburbia Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-23T16:27:00-04:00 >2015-10-26T10:38:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18b2b16a2b89f49790c36d99ae449d69.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What if a suburban downtown became a place where pedestrians ruled and cars were actively discouraged? As it turns out, what looks like normal urban gentrification actually marks the success of one of the most revolutionary suburbs in America. And its approach to development is fast becoming a model across the region&mdash;a model even embraced by [Evanston's] urban neighbor to the south, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/139532431/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-the-architecture-lobby-s-uninvited-installation-takes-aim-at-the-field-s-labor-issues Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Architecture Lobby's uninvited installation takes aim at the field's labor issues Nicholas Korody 2015-10-22T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T19:02:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a38dv0luhlww1zwo.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Join us for an uninvited Chicago Biennial installation consisting of scenarios depicting the absurdities of architectural practice/labor/work. We seek to expand the current conversation about architecture to include an actionable critique of the real, often tragic circumstances that precarious creative workers face on a daily basis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alongside the official installations and programmed events, a host of uninvited and unofficial events have coalesced around the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first major architecture biennial in the United States. One of the most promising comes from the Architecture Lobby, "an organization of architectural workers advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the discipline."</p><p>After a reception from 6 to 11 pm next Friday, October 30, the Architecture Lobby will put on the installation&nbsp;<em><a href="http://https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2070698162/reworking-architecture?ref=project_link" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(re)Working Architectur</a><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2070698162/reworking-architecture?ref=project_link" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">e</a>, </em>including&nbsp;a series of performances aimed at generating "new perspectives and possibilities for action on topics ranging from unpaid internships, the mystification of the role of the architect, and how we conceive of the value of our work."<br><br>The event also will include an architecture-themed "Beaux-Arts Ball" starting at 8 pm. Architecture Lobby encourages you to bring your dancing shows and a costume. The next morning, join...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139400639/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tatiana-bilbao-s-solution-to-mexico-s-housing-shortage Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-20T19:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:32:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0m4oo5xtogisgvy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Housing &ndash; its affordability, accessibility, and form &ndash; is a key preoccupation of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. While not necessarily the core concern for most of the Biennial's participants, housing gets a significant share of the exhibition's floorspace.</p><p>Several participants' considerations of contemporary housing issues are exhibited in full-scale, benefitting the visitor with an easily relatable (and, at least by size, literally inhabitable) form. As one of these life-sized installations, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/72305734/tatiana-bilbao-s-c" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tatiana Bilbao Estudio</a>'s sustainable housing project stands out for already being realized outside of the Biennial's walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lz/lzrchac1kmirz0gc.jpg"></p><p>Designed in response to Mexico's housing shortage, referencing the country's overall deficit of 9 million homes, Bilbao's Sustainable Housing project aims to provide a prototype for affordable, adaptable, single-family social housing. After researching with potential users and observing concurrent trends in local social housing design, the firm produced a modified vision...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139386108/the-history-and-future-of-chicago-s-extensive-alleyways The history and future of Chicago's extensive alleyways Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-20T12:37:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:19:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0dee469882950e351c98e9b9032df81b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chicago is the alley capital of the country, with more than 1,900 miles of them within its borders. [...] Instead of eliminating them, Chicago is reimagining its alleys. In 2006, Chicago became one of the first cities in the country to conduct a &ldquo;green alley&rdquo; program, resurfacing alleys to prevent runoff and decrease solar heat absorption. In the last several years, the Chicago Loop Association has been experimenting with alleys as social spaces, using them to host pop-up art events.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/139317745/can-helmut-jahn-s-thompson-center-be-saved Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved? Alexander Walter 2015-10-19T13:56:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:14:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0uthp3a06c2taebt.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I confess that I feel the sort of ambivalence toward the James R. Thompson Center as I did toward Prentice Women's Hospital: I do understand why people want to raze it, I don't find it pretty, I understand the functional problems. But all the same, I believe the Thompson Center should be saved. [...] Chicago remains full of examples of money and vision coming together to create wonderful buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Chicago preservation stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Marina City could be headed for landmark status</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84213969/prentice-hospital-could-become-modern-architecture-s-penn-station-moment" target="_blank">Prentice Hospital Could Become Modern Architecture&rsquo;s &lsquo;Penn Station Moment&rsquo;</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139097031/chicago-s-famed-marina-city-seems-destined-for-landmark-status Chicago's famed Marina City seems destined for landmark status Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-16T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:23:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gmpasae7h87qh8tv.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marina City residents support landmark designation because it would help upgrade the complex's concrete exterior through the city's "Adopt a Landmark" zoning provision [...] The measure lets developers build more floor space in return for funding improvements to official city landmarks. Landmark status would allow the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to regulate changes to the exterior of Marina City</p></em><br /><br /><p>Marina City, aka "the corncobs," was given <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131580214/chicago-s-iconic-marina-city-could-be-headed-for-landmark-status" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preliminary landmark status</a> back in July. The designation is expected to become official in early 2016.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138496335/stanley-tigerman-on-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-i-am-stunned-if-not-thrilled Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "I am stunned, if not thrilled" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T17:05:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/far34hs9ankjzuhf.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Stanley Tigerman, the Chicago architect whose 1977 conference, "The State of the Art of Architecture," became the namesake for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, has issued a statement effusively praising the Biennial's execution.</p><p>Co-artistic directors of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Sarah Herda (director of the Graham Foundation, which hosted Tigerman's 1977 conference) and Joseph Grima, are using the Biennial to illustrate shifting tides in the profession, as architects seek to address multitudes of pressing contemporary issues through architecture, and subsequently diversify the idea of a "traditional" architect.</p><p>Tigerman's initial conference addressed the profession as it dealt with the collective hangover from modernism, and faced an existential crisis of sorts to retain a cohesive cultural and professional identity.</p><p>The Biennial opened on October 3, and Tigerman, in the below letter to the editor, expresses his satisfaction with its execution, his admiration for t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138414350/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-tom-s-saraceno-s-spiders Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tomás Saraceno's spiders Nicholas Korody 2015-10-07T13:10:00-04:00 >2016-03-26T11:03:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qw4r3hkkgv2ttxu0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the first few seconds you&rsquo;re blind in the darkness. Then a reflex forces your pupils wider and your photoreceptor rod cells become more sensitive, sending a neural signal that alerts you to four glowing cubes that seem to be floating in mid-air in front of your body. It takes another few seconds for the glow to connect to its source, illuminate the supports of the plexiglass boxes, and finally render their content legible: a series of startlingly-complex and impossibly-delicate spiderwebs.</p><p>Here drawing back the curtain doesn&rsquo;t destroy the magic. Quite to the contrary, Tom&aacute;s Saraceno&rsquo;s collaboration with various arachnids for the first&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/exhibition/participants/tomas-saraceno/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> has a power that extends beyond some mere trick of the light and runs deeper than a one-liner about non-human construction. It's a reprise of a project he's exhibited before, notably at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tanyabonakdargallery.com/exhibitions/tomas-saraceno_4/selected/2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tanya Bonakdar Gallery</a>, but within an architectural context it conjures a particular significance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3t/3th4hentn21vx6l1.jpg"><br><br>The Argentine-born, Berlin-based Sara...</p>