For some historic preservationists on the North Shore, the economic downturn in 2008 had a silver lining, bringing a lull in tear-downs and new-home construction that gave scores of vintage properties a reprieve from the wrecking ball.
But six years later, officials in north suburban Winnetka tasked with preserving historic homes say that reprieve has clearly ended. They report that demolition permits have nearly doubled, with 36 issued in 2013, up from 19 in 2009. — chicagotribune.com
When we talk about why some places gentrify and others don't, there's often a pressing, underlying question at stake: To what degree is gentrification bound up with and shaped by race?
This is the subject of a path-breaking new study by Harvard doctoral student Jackelyn Hwang and urban sociologist Robert Sampson published in the August issue of the American Sociological Review. — citylab.com
Friday, August 1Gas Pipelines Explode in Taiwan City Killing 24: The cause of the propene pipeline explosion is still unknown, but officials noticed irregularities in the pipe's flow hours beforehand, without investigating further.Jacko's Neverland Ranch is up for sale at $50-75M: Michael...
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday will announce an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here. — chicagotribune.com
If you haven't already done so, register now for the Facades+ conference taking place on July 24 and 25 in Chicago, IL.Presented by The Architect's Newspaper and Enclos, the conference will discuss the fast-paced evolution of façade technology and explore innovative, sustainable design practices...
Mark your calendars and act now: Facades+ Performance has just extended its early bird registration by two weeks.Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, this two-day conference in Chicago will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology and explore innovative...
HOK has just unveiled its design for the Obama Presidential Library. Although several institutions in Chicago have submitted their own bids for the new museum and library, the global architecture and engineering office states that it submitted this design in coordination with the Museum Campus Foundation, which is an organization comprised of a number of community groups located in Bronzeville. — chicago.curbed.com
For the nineteenth edition of Screen/Print, Archinect excerpted from a new collection of essays titled Chicagoisms. - vado retro had a complaint "ragged right is, well, raggedy. widows and orphans galore. who did this page layout? it is not good"...
Terri Peters penned a review of Rem's Venice Biennale. Therein, she wrote "The exhibition encourages dialogue, and feels like an exhibition of architectural research, not a survey of new trends in architecture". For the nineteenth edition of Screen/Print, Archinect excerpted from a new...
The upstart exhibition, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to announce Tuesday, will be called the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a nod to the prestigious Venice Biennale, which just opened its 14th international architecture exhibition.
Chicago is billing its biennial as North America's biggest survey of international contemporary architecture, but the event faces a crowded field. — chicagotribune.com
On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel belatedly jumped into the fray after a public campaign against the sign on Chicago's second-tallest building spearheaded by the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin.
“Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,” Kelley Quinn, the mayor’s newly-appointed communications director, said in an emailed statement. — politics.suntimes.com
Trump responds in his typical classy style...Before I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2014
In what could have been a nightmare come true, part of the glass floor in a viewing box high above Chicago cracked right below a group of California tourists. [...]
Alejandro Garibay and his family were taking in the sights at Chicago's Willis Tower on Wednesday night. The tower's Skydeck, which opened in 2009, is on the 103rd floor, about 1,353 feet above Chicago's downtown. [...]
While on the glass, Garibay heard cracking. — mashable.com
Spirit of Space are known for their emotive, precisely choreographed short films exploring buildings and urban spaces. Their most recent film reports on Studio Gang's renovation of the Shoreland Hotel, a historic Chicago high-rise on the border of Lake Michigan. SOS's film looks into the guts of...
AIA Chicago gave a big shoutout to some of the city's best small and emerging architectural firms in the annual 2014 Small Projects Awards. The awards program promotes upcoming small firms as a resource for design excellence and also the valuable contributions of architects in even the smallest works.
Out of 96 entries, 13 projects received awards -- including four Honor Awards and one Special Recognition. — bustler.net
HONOR AWARDS(pictured above) dSPACE Studio - The Wave Paul Preissner Architects & Indie Architecture - Two Barns Johnson & Lee Architects and Planners - Ping Tom Park Boathouse Searl Lamaster Howe Architects - Harbert CottageSPECIAL RECOGNITIONIllinois Institute of Technology - ...
If you find your way into the Windy City anytime soon, catch a glimpse of the recently debuted "Chicagoisms" exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago now until Jan. 4, 2015.
Exploring Chicago's enduring influence in modern architecture and urban planning, the exhibition presents five new interpretations and critical analysis of "Chicagoisms" designed by contemporary architects and designers. — bustler.net
Little remains of Chicago's Cabrini-Green, a mid-century public housing complex once home to as many as 15,000 people. The poorly maintained high rises, rife with gang violence, were eventually demolished (the final one came down in 2011). [...]
The Chicago Housing Authority hopes to see it all redeveloped soon. [...]
CHA says half the new residential units to be market rate, another 30 percent public housing, and the remaining 20 percent affordable housing. — The Atlantic Cities
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