This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events
With the holidays over, take a look at whats happening around Chicago. Many picks collected show local architects engaging the community at large. We look to continue this trend with the help of the many talented designers that are making the change in this city.New Technologies Improving Our... View full entry
This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events
As any design enthusiast would know, Chicago has an infamously rich architectural history that is celebrated to this day. And it's about time that Archinect and Bustler finally started featuring a list of architectural events in the Windy City. We're excited to present our first list of... View full entry
Chicago design firm casts hammy metaphor over Trump Tower
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 “visual relief to the citizens of Chicago,” many of whom are presumably tired of seeing Trump’s name everywhere.
More acts of architectural protest:Architects Respond to the AIA’s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald TrumpTaking a stand against privately-owned public spacesHawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna KeaCooper Union graduates stage tuition... View full entry
Send your ideas to the 2016 Chicago Prize “On the Edge” competition
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.
— Chicago Architectural Club
A hotspot for land-use disputes, the urban development of Chicago's Lakefront is the subject of the 2016 Chicago Prize competition, "On the Edge”. Launched on November 29 by the Chicago Architectural Club and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the competition seeks speculative architectural... View full entry
Gensler, Jeanne Gang and Cesar Pelli, SOM among firms competing for Chicago Union Station redevelopment
Chicago’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 Chicago Real Estate Daily.The shortlist comprises the development firms John Buck, Riverside... View full entry
Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall '16
Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2016Gearing up for another eventful school year this fall? Archinect's Get Lectured is back in session. Get Lectured is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check... View full entry
Chicago Tribune Tower sale closes; mixed-use redevelopment likely
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.
The Tribune Tower sale previously in the Archinect news: Chicago Tribune Tower inches closer to hotel & residential redevelopment View full entry
Chicago installs "urban Fitbits" to track air quality, noise levels, and traffic
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.
— USA Today
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... View full entry
A look at some cities revitalizing their blighted rivers
Los Angeles wants to rethink its river. [...] And LA isn’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 or pillage, and it seems no waterway will be wasted for long.
Related stories in the Archinect news:Gruen Associates, Mia Lehrer, Oyler Wu appointed to design L.A. River Greenway in San Fernando ValleyWhat's happening with Frank Gehry's masterplan for the LA River?A plan to clean up the River Spree around Museum Island in Berlin View full entry
50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards
At the very least, these projects propose efficiencies and aesthetics that run counter to the institutional momentum within the city’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.
— New City
Obama chooses Jackson Park as the site for his Presidential Center
According to the Chicago Tribune, 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... View full entry
OMA's glass mushroom: the Lucas Museum that could have been
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.
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—facing lawsuits and design criticisms in Chicago, it could move to Waukegan, Illinois, or Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. At least we get to see... View full entry
Marina City balconies off-limits to residents during prolonged repair work: 'Summer Bummer'
It’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. [...]
“What’s worse is that we’re not allowed to open the door to the balcony to let the breeze in.”
The iconic Marina City towers—now officially a city landmark—recently in the Archinect news:Chicago's Marina City designated official landmark status — it's about time!Only one vote left before Marina City can become official city landmarkChicago's famed Marina City seems destined for... View full entry
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects selected to design the Obama Presidential Center
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.
— Barack Obama Foundation
The husband and wife team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) first started their practice back in 1986, with Paul Schulhof becoming the firm's third partner in 2013. The thirty person team is headquartered in New York."We believe that architecture is the coming together of art and... View full entry
Going going, back back, to Cali Cali
No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot
— Chicago Tribune
It's like these cities think that he's building a Death Star..... View full entry