Archinect - News 2018-06-24T16:10:37-04:00 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> Comic-strip ads created as marketing to entice millennials to move to a Chicago suburb Hope Daley 2018-04-10T13:51:00-04:00 >2018-04-13T23:30:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Welcome to Homewood, Illinois, a suburb of 20,000 that is marketing itself to urbanites as a hidden hipster gem. The town, which is about 25 miles south of downtown Chicago, just launched a new advertising campaign called &ldquo;Think Homewood.&rdquo; Ads posted inside trains on the L&rsquo;s Blue Line and elsewhere in Chicago contrast the laid-back vibe of Homewood to the stress of city living. The ads are comic strips drawn by illustrator and Homewood resident Marc Alan Fishman.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> suburb Homewood harnessed the graphic skills of a local artist to launch their comic-strip ad campaign, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think&nbsp;Homewood</a>, in order to attract <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">millennials</a>. Joining the list of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">suburban</a> towns that must now work to attract the demographic they were originally intended for, Homewood strives to market itself as a diverse neighborhood for young families.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Homewood ad campaign by artist Marc Alan Fishman.</figcaption></figure><p>Think Homewood addresses the inconveniences of city life, especially for those with kids, and promises a stress free alternative. The campaign plays off millennial tropes including love of avocados, children named "zen", and brunching at farm-to-table cafes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Homewood ad campaign by artist Marc Alan Fishman.</figcaption></figure> Chicago city council approves $8.5 billion O'Hare airport expansion Alexander Walter 2018-03-29T13:35:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T13:36:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chicago&rsquo;s City Council on Wednesday approved a multibillion-dollar expansion plan for O&rsquo;Hare International Airport, after an earlier dispute between the airport&rsquo;s two largest carriers had previously threatened to snarl the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The city of Chicago entered into an agreement with carriers United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines for airport renovations that include expanding the airport&rsquo;s existing terminals and increasing the number and availability of some gates," <em>Reuters</em> reports.</p> Chicago magazine interviews Yesomi Umolu, 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic director Alexander Walter 2018-03-21T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T01:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Her own history is as global at the biennial itself: born in Lagos, Nigeria, raised in London, with a deep resume that incorporates curatorial and educational experiences at museums and galleries all over the United States and Great Britain. She&rsquo;s hit the ground running on the CAB, planning for the third CAB that promises an international influence with love for the city and citizens who host this three-month event.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anjulie Rao <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interviews</a> the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CAB</a> artistic director, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yesomi Umolu</a>, for&nbsp;<em>Chicago magazine</em>: "A biennial can&rsquo;t help but be contemporary and respond to the contemporary conditions. I know that as a biennial that&rsquo;s what it is set up to do: to have a hold of the historical and yet have strong ground to be propositional, to posit into the future."</p> Yesomi Umolu appointed as 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic director Justine Testado 2018-03-06T14:40:00-05:00 >2018-03-09T12:21:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chicago-based curator and writer Yesomi Umolu has been appointed as the artistic director of the 2019 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>, which will make its return on September 19, 2019&nbsp;through January 5, 2020. After evaluating candidates from around the world and from various disciplines, the CAB board members and previous Artistic Directors selected Umolu.</p> <p>Having strong roots in Chicago, Umolu has a background in architectural design and curatorial studies, and she focuses her work on global contemporary art and spatial practices. She is currently the&nbsp;Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. She is also a visiting lecturer, critic, and has spoken at various international institutions.</p> <p>Some of her recent exhibitions explore the politics of the built environment, like the &ldquo;Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts&rdquo;, &ldquo;The Land Grant: Forest Law&rdquo;, and &ldquo;The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Chicago Cultural Center. Photo cour...</figcaption></figure> Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring '18 Justine Testado 2018-02-19T14:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-19T14:38:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2018</a></strong></p> <p>Archinect's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a>&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 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>See what Spring '18 events are coming up at the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago, AIADO</a>.</p> <p><strong>Feb 13</strong><br>Yuri Suzuki<br>Rubloff Auditorium, 6-8 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Feb 22 </strong><br>Chen Chen &amp; Kai Williams <br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Mar 1 </strong><br>James Shen / People's Architecture Office&nbsp;<br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Mar 13</strong><br>Anna Puigjaner / <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO</a><br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Apr 13 </strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elizabeth Diller</a> / Diller Scofidio + Renfro<br>at Rubloff Auditorium,&nbsp;6-7:15 p.m.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong>Apr 16</strong><br> Shona Kitchen / Hooker and Kitchen<br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:15-5:15 p.m.<br></p> <p><strong>Apr 26</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vishaan Chakrabarti</a><br>at LeRoy Neiman Center, 4:...</p> Wilbert Hasbrouck, renowned Chicago preservation architect and co-owner of Prairie Avenue Bookshop, dies at 86 Hope Daley 2018-02-14T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-14T14:07:02-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, a pioneering Chicago preservation architect who breathed new life into buildings designed by some of the city&rsquo;s renowned architects and co-owned a beloved architectural bookstore, died Saturday at a care facility in suburban Norridge. A longtime Chicago resident, Hasbrouck was 86. The cause of death was complications from Parkinson&rsquo;s disease, said his son Charles, a director at the Chicago architectural firm of bKL.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Over a 40 year career, Hasbrouck&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renovated</a> buildings such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a>&rsquo;s Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, William Le Baron Jenney's&nbsp;Manhattan Building skyscraper, and Louis Sullivan's&nbsp;&nbsp;Peoples Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, along with several of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>&rsquo;s important 19th-century buildings.&nbsp;</p> <p>He and his wife Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck co-edited and published an architectural magazine named the Prairie School Review. This <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publication</a> promoted the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects well before their work became revered.&nbsp;Marilyn Hasbrouck&nbsp;eventually opened the Prairie Avenue Bookshop, to help support the magazine, which became a highly respected architectural bookshop in Chicago.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Marilyn Whittlesey Hasbrouck at her Prairie Avenue Bookshop in Chicago. Image: Glessner House Museum.</figcaption></figure> Farewell John Hancock Center — Hello 875 N. Michigan Ave.? Alexander Walter 2018-02-13T15:26:00-05:00 >2018-02-13T15:26:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The John Hancock Center is getting a name change, nearly a decade after another of Chicago&rsquo;s most beloved skyscrapers &mdash; the Sears Tower &mdash; switched identities and caused a civic uproar. Owners of the 100-story John Hancock Center said the building&rsquo;s namesake, the insurance company that built the tower almost five decades ago, asked that its name and logos throughout the building&rsquo;s interior be removed immediately.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Until the owners of the building,&nbsp;Chicago-based developer Hearn Co., find interested buyers for its naming rights, the iconic landmark tower will be known simply by its address, 875 N. Michigan Ave.</p> A look at visionary architect Georgia Louise Harris Brown, the first female African-American architecture graduate Hope Daley 2018-02-07T20:50:00-05:00 >2018-02-07T20:50:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Pioneering African-American architect Georgia Louise Harris Brown had a knack for seeking out the most fertile architecture scenes in the world during her long career. She practiced in Chicago during Mies van der Rohe&rsquo;s prime and, from there, moved to Brazil, where a singular modernist language was being created for Brasilia, the most ambitious planned capital of the 20th century.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Georgia Louise Harris Brown has been featured as part of Redshift's <em>Respect</em> series, focusing on architect visionaries. Brown was the first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African-American</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women</a> to graduate with an architecture degree, and the second professionally licensed African-American female architect in the nation.&nbsp;Beverly Loraine Greene was the first, and a role model to Brown.&nbsp;</p> <p>She studied under Mies at his Illinois Institute of Technology and was heavily influenced by his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modernist</a> style. Her first job in Chicago was with Kenneth Roderick O'Neal, an African-American architect and structural engineer who also studied with Mies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with&nbsp;Frank J. Kornacker Associates by 1949, Brown worked on several key projects such as&nbsp;860&ndash;880 Lake Shore Drive. This high-rise was influential in its minimalist grid of steel and glass and constructed with Brown's structural calculations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eventually moving to Brazil, Brown became professionally licensed in 1970 leading many firms for over the next twenty years. Read mor...</p> Over a half million visitors attended the second Chicago Architecture Biennial Hope Daley 2018-01-17T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-18T13:39:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The recently concluded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> saw over 550,000 visitors. Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, of the LA-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, selected 140 architects and designers from 20 countries to participate. Among the vast number of attendees the biennial also boasts engagement of more than 10,000 students.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced, "The second <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> Architecture Biennial reinforced Chicago's reputation as the vanguard of architectural, art and design innovation on the national and international stage".&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Offering over 273 public programs, the event featured exhibitions by the&nbsp;Alphawood Foundation,&nbsp;Graham Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The Biennial will return September 19, 2019 and run through January 5, 2020, again in line with EXPO CHICAGO.&nbsp;</p> University of Chicago faculty sign letter opposing current plans for Obama Presidential Center amidst changes Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-08T19:35:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">disapprovals over the design</a> to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">concerns about parking</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a>&nbsp;has been met with strong opposition since its unveiling. In particular, residents of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago's South Side</a>, where the center will be located,&nbsp;have been quite critical of the Foundation's location choice as well as its refusal to sign a Community Benefits Agreement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Joining in on the conversation, more than 100 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Chicago</a> faculty members have now penned a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">letter concerning the Obama Center</a>, opposing its plans on economic and preservation grounds. Though faculty members support locating the Center in Chicago's South Side&mdash;near the university where the former President once taught&mdash;they share concerns expressed by neighborhood groups about its currently planned placement at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>Woodlawn residents and Hyde Parkers protest current Obama Center plans back in November. Courtesy of Southside Together Organizing for Power.</figcaption></figure><p>According to the criticism, locating the Center in Jackson Pa...</p> Zaha Hadid Architects' conceptual rendering for Chicago Spire site Hope Daley 2018-01-02T13:43:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>While 2017 saw developer Related Midwest remain tight-lipped on its plans for the site of the defunct 2,000-foot-tall Chicago Spire project, a rendering showing a pair of very tall skyscrapers rising at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive recently reignited speculation regarding the site&rsquo;s future redevelopment. The rather slender image surfaced online, credited to Britain&rsquo;s Zaha Hadid Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another rendering for the vacant Chicago Spire site recently surfaced online. The image was confirmed as a proposal from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>;&nbsp;however, the developer Related Midwest will not be pursuing the design.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>While the project will not be built, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">organic towers</a> are certainly a stunning site to behold. Characteristic of ZHA's work, these sci-fi shaped towers appear to break the 984-foot tall <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">supertall</a>&nbsp;threshold. For now, future plans for what will be built at 400 N. Lakeshore Drive are still anyone's guess.&nbsp;</p> <p>Image note:&nbsp;the previous image has been removed by request, as it was not intended for publication.&nbsp;</p> Obama Center parking garage proposal: community groups offer feedback after latest design revisions Alexander Walter 2017-12-28T14:15:00-05:00 >2017-12-28T14:16:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Obama Center design team has been reworking plans for a proposed controversial garage on a portion of the historic Midway Plaisance, across the street from where the presidential complex is to be built in Jackson Park. [...] When I left off on this story in November, Tod Williams, one of the architects, said relocating the garage was under consideration, given the concerns of community groups for the historic publicly owned Midway property.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curbed Chicago</a></em> picks up the story where the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times</a></em> left off and reports about some of the praise and criticism that was presented at a meeting the Obama Foundation had called on December 20 at its Hyde Park Headquarters. The hearing was led by the project's architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Dina Griffin as well as the landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.<br></p> “Starship Chicago” documentary tracks preservation battle of Thompson Center Hope Daley 2017-11-14T15:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Helmut Jahn's Thompson Center be saved?</a> A newly released short documentary, <em>Starship Chicago</em>, delves into the struggle and controversy around <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preserving</a> the state of Illinois building. Some see the building as a unique representation of transparent government and Chicago's architectural spirit, while others see a rundown waste of space.&nbsp;</p> <p>"Chicago preservationists, along with the building&rsquo;s original champion, Governor James R. Thompson, are gearing up for a major battle to save the city&rsquo;s most provocative architectural statement" tells the director and producer Nathan Eddy. The documentary interviews the architect himself, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helmut Jahn</a>, the governor whose name is on the building, James. R. Thompson, along with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanley Tigerman</a> and other Chicago architects, critics, and historians.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Watch&nbsp;<em>Starship Chicago&nbsp;</em>below.&nbsp;</p> Chicago's South Side community expresses concern about the Obama Presidential Center Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-03T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Obama Presidential Center will be transformative, just as it will be truly urban, only up to a point. It&rsquo;s bound to disappoint anybody who forgets that Obama&rsquo;s political strategy, as distinct from his larger role in the culture, has always been unshakably centrist. Because (among other reasons) his race continues to make him a lightning rod, a magnet for unhinged opinion, he has preferred the middle to the edge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Residents of the South Side in Chicago raise concerns about the location of the new center and complain that the Obama Foundation refuses to sign a Community Benefits Agreement guaranteeing construction jobs and other patronage to members of the South Side community. </p> Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall '17 Justine Testado 2017-09-12T19:14:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017</a></strong></p> <p>Ready or not, it's the start of a new school year. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get Lectured</a>,</em>&nbsp;an ongoing series where we feature a school'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>Check out the Fall '17 lecture events at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago, AIADO</a>.</p> <p><strong>Sept 13</strong><br>&ldquo;Clear Your History: Data, Transparency and the City&rdquo;<br>Ben Hooker and Ekene Ijeoma in conversation with Olive Ouyang and Cat Bluemke, moderated by Ann Lui&nbsp;<br>4:15-5:45 pm at SAIC Ballroom Second Floor, 112 S Michigan Ave<br></p> <p><strong>Sept 15</strong><br>&ldquo;Dialogues Art &amp; Architecture&rdquo; Symposium<br>12-6pm at&nbsp;east end of Festival Hall, Navy Pier<br>Admission free to all currently enrolled SAIC students</p> <p><strong>Sept 16</strong><br>&ldquo;Crosstalk: Conversations on Architecture and Citi...</p> Chicago's apartment high rises are multiplying for better or worse Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-12T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A surge of tall buildings, the vast majority of them housing rental apartments, is creating a densely populated, urban core [...] the Super Loop is patently un-super in at least one respect: It lacks a new version of the technological and aesthetic innovations that made Chicago's reputation as the cradle of modern architecture. As Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to host the second edition of a global architecture biennial [...], most of the new high-rises are based on tired commercial formulas.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s Super Loop is gentrifying and becoming denser as apartment&nbsp;buildings are multiplying and younger generations are moving in. But, most of the new apartments in these high rises&nbsp;are quickly built concrete boxes with glass balconies. The ordinary character of new construction in Chicago's Super Loop proves that it takes more than a strengthening economy to create interesting architecture.</p> The Chicago Architecture Foundation announces the Chicago Architecture Center, to encompass both past and future design innovation Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T18:20:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> is one of the global centers of the architectural world, not only for its rich history, but also as a stage for continuous innovation and design exploration. This lineage is a major part of why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)</a> has decided to create the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000 square foot project replete with exhibition space, a lecture hall, custom design studios, retail space, and expansive views of the metropolitan skyline. With interiors created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> on a site plan originally designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, the CAC will be the new home for the CAF.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>On a river cruise, as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Image: CAF</figcaption></figure><p>One of the coolest parts of the new interior has to be the Skyscape Gallery, which will be host to the permanent Tall Buildings and Innovation Exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 26-foot-tall "double-height" space allowing for a comprehensive investigation of tall buildings, from th...</p> Funding of Obama Presidential Center raises concerns Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-24T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park are being firmed up largely out of public view, and one watchdog group is sounding the alarm about the lack of transparency. Decisions on the design of the center, the park&rsquo;s golf course and even whether to eliminate some roads in the park are being worked out by the Obama Foundation, City Hall and the Chicago Park District.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by the New York-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama Presidential Center</a> will consist of three buildings&mdash;a museum, a forum, and a library located near a lagoon that runs into Lake Michigan in Chicago's Jackson Park neighborhood.&nbsp;However, recently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jackson Park</a> Watch has sent a letter to City Hall outlining their concerns about the lack of transparency throughout the planning process.&nbsp;</p> <p>After many months, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Transportation have not yet put a price tag on the roadway and infrastructure changes tied to the Obama Center and the proposal to merge the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses into a single championship-caliber course, which would involve closing Cornell Drive and Marquette Drive, building a pair of new underpasses, possibly an underground garage and improving the shoreline.</p> <p>The past four community meetings in June and July have not provided the public with any details about proposed street c...</p> Nick Cave collaborates with Studio Gang for "Here Hear Chicago", commissioned by Navy Pier Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-23T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A collaboration between the sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave and the architect Jeanne Gang on a site-specific work for Chicago&rsquo;s Navy Pier is part of the ongoing transformation of the historic waterfront space from tourist trap into cultural destination.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The performance will involve dancers wearing Cave's silver-colored Soundsuits while interacting with objects designed by Studio Gang as a part of the setting. Fabricating a changeable stage that&nbsp;could be used for other performance groups, Gang was inspired by the idea of&nbsp;a clearing for traditional dances, deciding to define the space through designed objects, instead of treating the stage as an object in itself.<br><br><em>Since the pier extends 3,300 feet into the lake, buoys began to figure into Gang&rsquo;s thinking. &ldquo;Buoys move back and forth but they are on water; how do you do that in the land?&rdquo; That led to the physics of self-balancing objects. The objects needed be soft, friendly, large-scale, and to fall down but not stay down. &ldquo;Everything has an impact on the movement,&rdquo; said Gang. &ldquo;The visual impact of it, and the height, and the weight&mdash;it is all a balance.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The collaborative artwork of Cave and Gang is a part of Here Hear Chicago, a performance series which opens on the pier during the fai...</p> Chicago architect, John Macsai, passes away at 91 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-15T19:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T19:08:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Chicago architect John Macsai designed Lincolnwood's Purple Hotel and some of Lake Shore Drive's most eye-catching high-rises...From 1955 to 1970, Macsai and his partner, Robert Hausner, helped bring the abstract forms of modernism to the clifflike rows of towers along Chicago's lakefront. Among those designs were a dramatically curving high-rise at 1150 N. Lake Shore Drive and Harbor House at 3200 N. Lake Shore Drive, a standout because of its jutting second-floor window bays.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>