Archinect - News 2018-12-10T19:16:47-05:00 Blair Kamin's 2018 best architecture moments in Chicago and the Midwest Alexander Walter 2018-12-10T14:27:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T14:34:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction cranes filled the skyline, but much of the best work in Chicago and the Midwest in 2018 was tucked away in settings far from the high-rise commercial maelstrom.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic, Blair Kamin, takes a look back and lists 2018's most notable architecture moments in the Windy City and the greater Midwest region, including the transformation of Eero Saarinen's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gateway Arch</a> landmark in St. Louis, the anticipated new home of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Center</a> planned by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the Tadao Ando-designed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wrightwood 659</a> art venue, and&nbsp;Studio Gang's energy-friendly&nbsp;Solstice apartment tower.</p> Anish Kapoor reaches settlement with NRA over usage of his iconic Cloud Gate sculpture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-12-10T14:21:00-05:00 >2018-12-10T14:21:12-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>British artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anish Kapoor</a> has reached a settlement with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NRA</a> for using his&nbsp;reflective Bean&nbsp;sculpture in one of their promotional videos. The ad, titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Violence of Laws</a>, had used images of modern architectural landmarks, such a Gehry's Disney Concert Hall, Piano's&nbsp;<em>New York Times&nbsp;</em>building, and Kapoor's Cloud Gate, as stand-ins of liberal elitism.</p> <p>In March, Kapoor condemned the non-profit which advocates for gun rights for their use of the image, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">filed a copyright infringement lawsuit</a> in the US District Court in Illinois later that summer. Reached out-of-court, the current settlement has the NRA agreeing to remove the image from their video. Further, Kapoor has asked the US gun lobby to donate $1 million to charities working with victims of gun violence such as Every Town for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Actions for Gun Sense in America.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">press statement</a> released through Lisson Gallery, who represents the artist, Kapoor declared triumph over the NRA. "This is a victory...</p> Elevator plunges 85 stories in former John Hancock Center after cable breaks Alexander Walter 2018-11-20T13:15:00-05:00 >2018-11-20T13:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Six people, including a pregnant woman, have plummeted 84 floors in an elevator inside one of Chicago&rsquo;s tallest skyscrapers, only learning afterwards how far they had fallen. [...] One of several cables holding the elevator broke and the car fell rapidly, landing somewhere near the 11th floor.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Everyone's worst nightmare became a near fatal reality for six people trapped inside an elevator after falling 85 stories inside Chicago's iconic 875 North Michigan Avenue tower, formerly known as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John Hancock Center</a>. <br></p> <p>According to the Chicago Fire Department, the rescue operation inside the nearly 50-year-old skyscraper was unusually difficult: "It was a pretty precarious situation where the cables that broke were on top of the elevator. We couldn&rsquo;t do an elevator-to-elevator rescue. We had to breach a wall on the 11th floor of the parking garage in order to open up the elevator doors."</p> <p>Thankfully no serious injuries were reported.<br></p> Foster, Calatrava, Gang, SOM among teams shortlisted for $8.5B Chicago O'Hare airport expansion Alexander Walter 2018-11-09T15:01:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T15:01:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After receiving bids from twelve groups that included some of the planet&rsquo;s top architectural talent, Chicago has narrowed its search down to five teams hoping to design a $8.5 billion terminal expansion of O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The list of five finalist teams includes some of the big-name bidders that responded to Chicago's O&rsquo;Hare 21 Terminal Expansion Project RFP <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in September</a>:</p> <ul><li>Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners</li> <li>Foster Epstein Moreno JV Joint Venture Partners</li> <li>Santiago Calatrava LLC</li> <li>Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM)</li> <li>Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners</li></ul><p>The group of well known firms that didn't make the cut includes Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly,&nbsp;Studio Fuksas,&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group, Gensler,&nbsp;HOK, Grimshaw Architects,&nbsp;Perkins+Will,&nbsp;and iconic Chicago firm Jahn, architects of&nbsp;O&rsquo;Hare&rsquo;s Terminal 1 in 1988 (as C.F. Murphy Associates).</p> <p>"Chicago has called upon some of the world&rsquo;s best designers to help carry out our vision for the new O&rsquo;Hare Global Terminal&mdash;the key to a bigger, better and more modern O&rsquo;Hare for the 21st century," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commented</a> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the selection. "As we look ahead to O&rsquo;Hare&rsquo;s future&mdash;we won&rsquo;t forget Chicago&rsquo;s legacy of architecture and transportation. By the end of this competition...</p> Robert A.M. Stern's first Chicago tower nears completion Alexander Walter 2018-11-09T13:46:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now, his first Chicago skyscraper, Streeterville&rsquo;s One Bennett Park, is nearing completion. [...] &ldquo;It has a very special site,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It will be a building that is memorable, I hope. I think it has already made an impression on the skyline. I would describe it as a building that has roots in the skyscrapers of New York in the 1920s and &lsquo;30s, which people generally call Art Deco, but maybe that&rsquo;s a kind of sloppy term.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"There are a lot of architects who seem intent on entertaining other architects," Stern says in his WTTW interview. "I would like the respect of my peers, but I would like the public to embrace my buildings."</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Robert A.M. Stern Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Robert A.M. Stern Architects</figcaption></figure> Documentary on László Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus movement in Chicago launches kickstarter Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-02T17:46:00-04:00 >2018-11-02T16:46:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Next year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1919 founding of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bauhaus</a> in Weimar. The legendary school, started by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walter Gropius</a>, combined fine arts, crafts, and design under one roof, eventually morphing into a global movement as many of its most important artists fled Nazi Germany to other parts of the world.</p> <p>Many of the Bauhaus teachers ended up in the United States, such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L&aacute;szl&oacute; Moholy-Nagy</a> who landed in Chicago in 1937 and opened up the New Bauhaus (later called the Institute of Design). A new documentary, with a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently launched kickstarter</a>, seeks to tell the story of how Moholy-Nagy&nbsp;brought the movement to Chicago, founding America's most influential midcentury school of design.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>L&aacute;szl&oacute; Moholy-Nagy, A 19, 1927. Oil on canvas, 80 x 96 cm. Courtesy Hattula Moholy-Nagy.</figcaption></figure><p>"We're&nbsp;excited to come together to tell a story of an artist who was ahead of his time and is increasingly relevant today," says the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">team</a> of filmmakers behind the project.&nbsp;With a shared background in art, a...</p> 'Burst of space:' Blair Kamin reviews Tadao Ando's new Chicago art venue and Ando/Corbusier opening show Alexander Walter 2018-10-19T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-10-19T13:55:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amid today&rsquo;s polarizing political noise, Wrightwood 659 offers a comparable oasis. The building greets the visitor with a refurbished facade adorned with arches, festoons and other Beaux-Arts details. But the decorous facade turns out to be a mask. [...] Upstairs are clean-lined, contemplative galleries &mdash;&ldquo;white boxes with a twist,&rdquo; you might call them &mdash; filled with a trove of material about Corbusier and Ando.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin shares his impressions from the opening night at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>'s new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wrightwood 659</a> art venue in Chicago as well as its inaugural exhibition <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture</a></em>&mdash;and the review is full of praise: "The space is so good that it compels you to set aside the contradiction of a self-professed anti-elitist architect laboring once more in the service of a wealthy man," Kamin writes.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Jeff Goldberg/Esto</figcaption></figure> 11 Chicago-based architecture job opportunities from Archinect Jobs Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-17T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T16:10:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In a city filled with plenty of architectural history, not to mention the amazing museums, jazz music, and Chicago-style dining check out these employment options from some amazing firms in the Windy City.</p> <p>This week we have prepared a roundup of jobs&nbsp;recently posted by firms on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Freedom Transit Intermodal Facility &copy;LCM Architects</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LCM Architects</a> seeks a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project Architect/Technical Architect</a> and an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Accessibility Specialist<br></a></strong><em>LCM Architects is a Chicago based architecture and accessibility consulting firm serving a diverse group of clients and projects nationwide.&nbsp;The applicant must be able to r</em><em>eview architectural/engineering plans and specifications for compliance with accessibility codes and standards, perform on-site peer review for projects under construction, and conduct comprehensive accessibility surveys of existing sites and buildings.</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Skylight House - AIA Award Winner &copy; dSpace</figcaption></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dSpace Studio</a> seeks an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectureal Designer<br></a></strong><em>Their ideal candidate would complement their ...</em></p> Tadao Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 art venue to open in Chicago with exhibition on Ando and Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2018-09-28T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T18:46:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is getting an exciting new art place, and it's been designed by none other than <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>. Wrightwood 659 is a major transformation of a historic building from the 1920s and will be dedicated to exhibitions on architecture and on socially engaged art.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Jeff Goldberg/Esto</figcaption></figure><p>The place has an impressive lineup of exhibitions and other events, including the inaugural show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture</a> </em>with more than 100 drawings, photographs, and models by Le Corbusier as well as 106 small models of his architectural works crafted by Tadao Ando's students. The show opens on October 12th and will run through December 15th. <br></p> <p>A day before the opening, there's also a chance to see Tadao Ando <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discuss his work</a> at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Butler-Vanderlinden Lecture on Architecture, co-presented this year with Alphawood Foundation Chicago.</p> <p>On November 8th and 9th, Wrightwood 659 will host the accompanying symposium<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando's Le Corb...</a></em></p> After Rahm Emanuel steps down, critics of Obama Presidential Center may have stronger chance to negotiate a CBA Justine Testado 2018-09-26T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T12:14:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Nearly everyone in Chicago is in favor of establishing the Obama library on the South Side. But now, &ldquo;There&rsquo;ll be more room for dissent, and more people in Chicago generally willing to speak their mind without fearing the Emanuel administration,&rdquo; said Juanita Irizarry, executive director of Friends of the Parks, which has opposed the seizure of parkland. [...] Emanuel&rsquo;s departure also gives hope to critics pushing for a more open process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In the ongoing controversy about the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a>'s proposed site on Jackson Park, design journalist Zach Mortice writes about how critics of the library might have more opportunities to argue their case for a community benefits agreement (CBA) and transparency on the project planning process, once Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel &mdash; who decided to not run for a third term &mdash; steps down.</p> Chicago Mayor considers scaling back sign limits on office towers to lure Salesforce Alexander Walter 2018-09-25T13:21:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T13:23:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 20-foot-tall letters spelling &ldquo;T-R-U-M-P&rdquo; on the city&rsquo;s second-tallest building prompted Chicago aldermen four years ago to regulate the installation of large signs on office buildings. Now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to tweak that ordinance to help secure a huge expansion by software firm Salesforce in a new riverfront skyscraper. The city&rsquo;s Department of Planning and Development [...] unveiled a plan that would allow larger signs on office towers, depending on how high signs are placed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Who could forget the epic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 spat</a> between <em>Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin, backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and New York-based real estate developer Donald Trump over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial "TRUMP" letters</a> on his hotel and condo tower in the city (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kamin's&nbsp;tempestuous relationship with Trump</a> goes even further back)?</p> Architects bidding for Chicago O'Hare airport expansion includes BIG, Calatrava, SOM, Fuksas Alexander Walter 2018-09-24T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-09-24T14:14:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The architect of the unbuilt Chicago Spire is among the designers vying for the massive O&rsquo;Hare International Airport expansion project. The Zurich-based firm of Santiago Calatrava, whose projects include an airport in Bilbao, Spain, and the over-budget World Trade Center transportation center in New York, was one of 12 teams that responded to the city&rsquo;s Thursday deadline to submit qualifications for the $8.7 billion expansion [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Tribune</a></em>, the list of teams bidding for the $8.7 billion Chicago <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Hare International Airport expansion</a> includes big-name firms such as SOM, Perkins+Will, Bjarke Ingels Group, Santiago Calatrava, Gensler, HOK, Fentress Architects, JAHN, Epstein, and Studio Fuksas.</p> Chicago's Lake Point Tower is turning 50 Alexander Walter 2018-09-20T18:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:33:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As Lake Point Tower, once the world&rsquo;s tallest all-residential high-rise, celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, it&rsquo;s an apt time to reflect on its legacy. The 70-story condominium tower, which sits just west of Navy Pier at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, is both hero and villain, though it is more the former than the latter.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin looks back at the history and the significance of Lake Point Tower; as he calls it "by all accounts a spectacular and rare object &mdash; a poetic expression of curves in a city that worships the right angle."</p> Nike transforms historic Chicago church into basketball court for young hoopers Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-19T17:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T16:33:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It has been said that sport is a religion, and a new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pop-up</a> court in Chicago facilitated by Nike takes this quite literally. The Church of Epiphany, dating back to 1885, has been converted by the shoe company into its latest Just Do It HQ. Decked out in custom stained glass, the former historic place of worship has become a site for local high school basketball teams to shoot some hoops.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photography by Mo Daoud.</figcaption></figure><p>The conversion is the work of Storey Studio, a British design studio that has collaborated with Nike on a number of colorful projects. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art basketball court, sports gym, and locker room, their latest work was open for the month of August, offering activities such as interactive youth workshops, training, and school clinics. Former Bulls star Scottie Pippen even stopped by to share some advice with local high school athletes.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photography by Mo Daoud.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photography by Mo Daoud.</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photography by Mo Daoud.</figcaption></figure><p>This converted church is the latest example of Nike'...</p> Photographer discovers Chicago's hidden modernist gems along Peterson Avenue Hope Daley 2018-09-18T15:20:00-04:00 >2018-09-18T15:20:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The buildings aren&rsquo;t the work of celebrated modernist architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill. They bear no resemblance to the towering glass and steel monuments to postwar rationalism that you see downtown. They house doctors&rsquo; offices and dry cleaners, furniture stores and accounting firms. Some are vacant, their prim hedges and topiary gone to seed.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural photographer</a> and critic Lee Bey discovered a group of&nbsp;quirky <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> buildings on a section of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's</a>&nbsp;Peterson Ave. Overlooked and unkempt, these low-rise gems&nbsp;draw from Southern&nbsp;California's modernist vernacular&nbsp;prompting an unexpected, sunny and 60's nostalgia on the&nbsp;Northwest Side of the city. Check out these hidden structures documented <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> More details on Willis Tower's $668 million renovation Alexander Walter 2018-09-17T15:10:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T15:10:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Skyscraper owner Blackstone hopes Catalog, the centerpiece of the building's ongoing $668 million renovation, will set off a rush of foot traffic in the southwest corner of the Loop. [...] Anchoring Catalog will be Willis Tower's first food hall, a 14,000-square-foot location run by London-based food hall operator Urbanspace, as well as dining options Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Luke's Lobster and Taylor Gourmet.</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, Fall '18 Justine Testado 2018-09-14T13:06:00-04:00 >2018-09-14T13:06:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2018</a></strong></p> <p>With a new school year upon us, it's time for Archinect's latest&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>, an ongoing series where we feature a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school</a>'s lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back regularly 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects</a>' 2018 public events continues. Some upcoming speakers include: Matylda Krzykowski;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keller Easterling</a>, Laura Kurgan, Robert Gierard Pietrusko, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mimi Zeiger</a> in the &ldquo;Dialogues: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dimensions of Citizenship</a>&rdquo; panel;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexandra Lange</a>; the Egg Collective; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hip-Hop Architecture</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Ford</a>, the &ldquo;Artists/Designers/Citizens&rdquo; Symposium, and more.</p> <p>Check out previous posters on the Get Lectured&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;page!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Want another way to ...</em></p> Chicago Architecture Center opens in new location this Labor Day weekend Hope Daley 2018-08-30T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-08-30T14:25:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The oversized skyscraper models in the window, one of them 38 feet tall, are the undisputed stars of the show, but they&rsquo;re not the only reason to visit the Chicago Architecture Center, the engaging new home of the organization previously known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation. There is also the dramatically expanded Chicago Model, an expanse of mini skyscrapers and other buildings that offers a helicopterlike overview of the city&rsquo;s sprawling downtown.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously announced back in January</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Center</a>&nbsp;(CAC) will now be open to the public this coming Labor Day weekend beginning Friday August 31. Formerly known as the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Architecture Foundation, the CAC opens in its new location featuring everything architecture in Chicago through&nbsp;tours, programs, and exhibitions.&nbsp;</p> <p>The building, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe, has been renovated with interiors by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG)</a>&nbsp;in partnership with museum planning and design firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gallagher &amp; Associates</a>.&nbsp;If you're in the area be sure to check out this new addition to architecture and the city. Plan your visit with more information&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> $5B Lincoln Yards megadevelopment unveiled for Chicago’s North Side Alexander Walter 2018-07-20T16:10:00-04:00 >2018-07-24T16:56:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Skyscrapers as tall as 70 stories are part of a developer&rsquo;s ambitious plan to bring 23,000 jobs and 5,000 homes to the Chicago River on the city&rsquo;s North Side. Those are among new details that Chicago developer Sterling Bay unveiled Wednesday night during the long-anticipated first public meeting for its planned Lincoln Yards project, a more-than-$5 billion development planned for at least 70 acres along the river between Lincoln Park and Bucktown [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The master plan was designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CBT Architects</a> with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Corner Field Operations</a> as the landscape design contributor.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</figcaption></figure> 'All the grandeur of a Holiday Inn': Blair Kamin on the latest Chicago Union Station expansion plans Alexander Walter 2018-06-29T18:24:00-04:00 >2018-07-03T10:36:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Daniel Burnham&rsquo;s ghost and his much-quoted exhortation to &ldquo;make no little plans&rdquo; haunt the just-released, utterly underwhelming design for a vertical expansion of Chicago&rsquo;s Union Station. To put things in Burnham-speak, these plans are little &mdash; very little. There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with the idea of putting a 330-room hotel in the upper floors [...] The trouble is a planned apartment addition that would plunk a squat modernist box atop the existing structure&rsquo;s neo-classical pedestal.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin</a> comments on the latest expansion plans by Riverside Investment &amp; Development for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's iconic Union Station</a>, which were unveiled Monday night. "The juxtaposition of past and present isn&rsquo;t as violent as the spaceship-like seating bowl that&rsquo;s plopped atop the classical colonnades of Soldier Field," writes Kamin. "It&rsquo;s just banal, which Burnham buildings never are."</p> Anish Kapoor sues the NRA for using image of Cloud Gate in a 2017 ad Justine Testado 2018-06-20T14:32:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T13:49:02-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a new statement, Kapoor claimed that it was the &ldquo;solidarity and support&rdquo; of the public that encouraged him to take action against the NRA, and urged everyone &ldquo;to stand up to the dark and aggressive forces in society that seek, out of fear and hatred, to lead us backward into a primitive, paranoid, and defensive worldview.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>After denouncing the National Rifle Association in an open letter this past March, artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anish Kapoor</a> filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the group on June 19 for the unauthorized use of an image of his famous &ldquo;Cloud Gate&rdquo; sculpture in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this 2017 ad</a> titled &ldquo;The Clenched Fist of Truth&rdquo;. Kapoor filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.</p> Elon Musk’s Boring Company selected to build Chicago airport high-speed transit tunnel Alexander Walter 2018-06-15T14:53:00-04:00 >2018-06-15T14:56:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Autonomous 16-passenger vehicles would zip back and forth at speeds exceeding 100 mph in tunnels between the Loop and O&rsquo;Hare International Airport under a high-speed transit proposal being negotiated between Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s City Hall and billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk&rsquo;s The Boring Co., city and company officials have confirmed. Emanuel&rsquo;s administration has selected Musk&rsquo;s company from four competing bids to provide high-speed transportation between downtown and the airport.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Musk's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boring Co.</a> beat out established engineering firms, including Mott MacDonald and JLC Infrastructure, even though it has famously been in business for less than two years and only has a test tunnel near the company's headquarters in the Los Angeles area to show for as construction experience.</p> Chicago Architecture Center announces new location opening in August 2018 Hope Daley 2018-06-13T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-06-14T11:35:21-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Center</a> (CAC), formerly known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> Architecture Foundation, recently announced that it will open at its new location at 111 E Wacker Dr., a building originally designed by the office of Mies van der Rohe, on August 31, 2018. The interiors have been redesigned by local firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG)</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chicago Architecture Center Lobby. Image: CAF.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chicago Architecture Center Tour Orientation Hall and Box Office. Image: CAF.</figcaption></figure><p>The new Center will join the active riverfront and house everything architecture for Chicagoans and tourists alike, bringing new walking tours, imaginative education programs, and new interactive exhibits. More details on the new tours will be released later this summer.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chicago Architecture Center Lecture Hall. Image: CAF.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chicago Architecture Center Design Studio. Image: CAF.</figcaption></figure><p>The CAC will feature custom-designed spaces for tour orientation, design education, public programs, along with store and exhibit space develope...</p> Despite preservation efforts, many of Chicago's historic buildings are still being abruptly demolished Justine Testado 2018-05-18T19:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T15:25:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Despite the 90-day hold on demolition permits for buildings determined to be historic by the city, Miller says that some city council members have used aldermanic prerogative to fast-track the eventual destruction of significant structures. But more often than not, Miller says that communities and preservation advocates simply do not have enough time to line up a buyer or produce a plan for adaptive reuse when demolition threats surface.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With all its rich architectural history, is Chicago facing a preservation crisis?&nbsp;In recent years, many of the city's most historic buildings &mdash; despite being flagged by preservationists for their architectural or cultural significance &mdash; are being abruptly demolished.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago,&ldquo;neighborhood preservation advocates have been stretched beyond capacity in recent years, overburdened by frequent demolitions,&rdquo; he says in Chicago Magazine.<br></p> New two-tower development at Chicago Spire site could dominate the city skyline Alexander Walter 2018-05-16T14:05:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T09:47:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The long-awaited vision for the 2.2-acre site along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, unveiled in the first community meeting for the project, is toned down a bit from the 2,000-foot-tall Spire plan that stirred emotions but never advanced beyond a 76-foot-deep foundation hole. The design, by One World Trade Center architect David Childs, includes a south tower rising 1,100 feet and an 850-foot north tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever since work on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>'s 2,000-foot-tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Spire</a> came to a halt in 2008 due to financial troubles, the city was left with a gaping hole in the ground rather than the nation's tallest building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering: Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>A new proposal by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related Midwest</a> for a pair of towers at&nbsp;400 Lake Shore Drive, designed by&nbsp;architect David Childs with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, could rehabilitate the site.</p> 62-acre site along Chicago River to be developed with potential for Amazon's HQ2 Hope Daley 2018-05-14T15:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-14T15:13:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A hardscrabble half-mile stretch along the Chicago River's South Branch would become a vibrant neighborhood of cutting-edge architecture, parks and a riverwalk in the plans a developer unveiled Thursday for the last big piece of empty land near downtown. Developer Related Midwest plans a transformation of the vacant, relatively isolated 62-acre site into a vibrant neighborhood of homes, restaurants, cultural institutions and businesses...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The currently undeveloped site along <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s river has been named "The 78", declaring its scale large enough to add to the city's official number of 77 neighborhoods. The site is also rumored to be a contender for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> if the city is chosen, which would require reworking current plans.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Current 62-acre riverfront site in Chicago. Image: Mark Segal/Related Midwest.</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for the massive development include&nbsp;13 million square feet of&nbsp; building space for residential, office, educational and other uses.&nbsp;12 acres would be dedicated to parkland or public&nbsp;riverwalk with a performance venue. Related Midwest stated that affordable housing was an important part of its housing development.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Rendering of the education hub and riverwalk. Image: Related Midwest.</figcaption><p>The new site would also&nbsp;extend three existing city streets through the property to create through routes for bikes. A metro stop would be added to the Red Line, as well as potentially adding a Water Taxi stop.</p>... Looking for an architecture job in Chicago? Here are 7 great opportunities to consider Hope Daley 2018-05-10T10:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T19:17:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong>A historically important architecture hub, Chicago has served as the home to influencers such as William Le Baron Jenney, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies. The city has defined architectural language through the Chicago School, International, and Prairie School styles&mdash;setting the standard for tall, modern buildings. This week we have gathered up some exciting opportunities on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a> located in the Windy City. You can also follow&nbsp;<a href=";q_radius=25&amp;region_id=2072497&amp;location=Chicago%2C+IL%2C+US&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the latest Chicago-area opportunities</a> anytime!</p> <p>Scroll down and search for your next position:</p> <p><strong>Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</strong> has two active listings for an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect</a> and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junior Architect</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Al Wasl Plaza by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Image: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm is seeking Architects at varying levels of experience from 2 to 5 years and 1 to 3 years. Both positions value sustainable/high-performance project experience with knowledge of environmental simulation analysis tools and dig...</p> Chicago's Willis Tower is getting new elevators Alexander Walter 2018-05-08T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T15:36:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 16,000 people who work in and visit Willis Tower each day could soon be spending less time on their elevator rides in Chicago's tallest building. A five-year project to upgrade the tower's 83 elevator shafts -- and replace 97 passenger cabs, as some shafts have two-level elevators -- will start in June, according to the building's owner, Blackstone Group's Equity Office, and elevator firm Otis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major upgrade is expected to significantly reduce trip times as well as energy consumption (by as much as 30-35%), according to&nbsp;Equity Office and Otis.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 110-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Willis Tower</a>&mdash;once ranked as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">world's tallest building</a> for nearly 25 years&mdash;hasn't undergone such an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enormous overhaul</a> since it was completed in 1973 as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sears Tower</a>.</p> 200 significant buildings have been selected as Illinois Great Places in celebration of the State's Bicentennial Alexander Walter 2018-05-08T14:18:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T14:43:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The State of Illinois is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and architects from all corners of the Windy State have contributed noteworthy examples of the built environment in honor of the Bicentennial. An AIA Illinois selection committee picked the final list of 200 Great Places, all of which are accessible to the public and hold significance for their respective local communities. This new, updated 2018 list builds upon the 150 Great Places project from 2007 and includes a host of recently realized, contemporary buildings.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>No respectable Illinois Great Places list without Frank Lloyd Wright's 1907 Unity Temple building in Oak Park. Photo: Sandra Cohen-Rose &amp; Colin Rose/Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>The historic range of featured Great Places goes all the way back to approximately the year 1000 with the Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, then advancing to post-colonial buildings like Springfield's Old State Capitol (1837), early modernists such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home &amp; Studio in Oak Park (1889...</p> Plans unveiled for Chicago's second tallest skyscraper alongside repurposing the Tribune Tower Hope Daley 2018-04-17T15:59:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T17:21:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Developers on Monday unveiled plans for Chicago&rsquo;s second-tallest skyscraper, a tapering shaft of metal and glass that would soar above historic Tribune Tower, resemble the top of Batman&rsquo;s black mask and be only 29 feet shorter than Willis Tower. If completed, the $1 billion-plus project to repurpose Tribune Tower and build a skinny, 1,422-foot high-rise just northeast of it would bring more than 700 residences and 200 hotel rooms to an area north of the Chicago River.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> are working with&nbsp;Los Angeles developers Golub &amp; Co. and CIM Group to build <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s next <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skyscraper</a>. Their design would take over Trump International Hotel &amp; Tower's title of second-tallest in the city.&nbsp;</p> <p>Current plans for the new tower have construction beginning in late 2019. The new skyscraper would house a 200 room hotel, 439 rental apartments, and 125 condos in its upper floors. The site would be on what it now a surface parking lot behind <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tribune Tower</a>.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Their plans also call for repurposing Tribune Tower with 163 condominiums. This conversion will be headed up by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)</a>, with Vinci Hamp Architects brought on as historic preservation consultants. The earliest of these condo's would be ready by 2020.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tribune Tower project rendering, Chicago. Image: Golub &amp; Co. and CIM Group.</figcaption></figure>