Archinect - News 2017-09-21T03:07:47-04:00 Get Lectured: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall '17 Justine Testado 2017-09-12T19:14:00-04:00 >2017-09-17T21:42:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 >2017-09-12T20:36:26-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 >2017-08-29T12:56:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> No Small Plans, a graphic novel illustrating urban planning of the past, the present and the future Chicago Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T13:27:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T17:49:08-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>No Small Plans is a graphic novel that follows the neighborhood adventures of teens in Chicago's past, present and future as they wrestle with designing the city they want, need and deserve.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Inspired by the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1911 Wacker&rsquo;s Manual</a>, which was once used in classrooms to explain Daniel Burnham&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1909 Plan of Chicago</a>, the book is filled with beautiful illustrations and divided into three chapters set in the years 1928, 2017 and 2211. Each chapter ends with a map and a short interlude about Burnham, to give readers insight into the creation of the 1909 Plan and other urban planning challenges.</p> <p><em>No Small Plans&nbsp;was launched in conjunction with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CAF</a>&rsquo;s 50th anniversary and our new &ldquo;Meet Your City&rdquo; initiative, which aims to foster civic engagement. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Public Library, CAF aspires to distribute 30,000 copies of&nbsp;No Small Plans&nbsp;for free to Chicago teens over the next three years.</em></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Chapter 2: The Present, pg. 33-34</figcaption></figure><p>A copy of the book can be pre-ordered&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces special projects Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T20:01:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T01:22:39-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> will be open to the public and on view from September 16, 2017, through January 7, 2018 at the Chicago Cultural Center, located in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>.<br></p> <p><em>The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) announces special projects, including a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> and Ana Prva&#269;ki collaboration and a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francois Perrin</a> installation at the Garfield Park Conservatory, a new performance artwork by Gerard &amp; Kelly at the Farnsworth House, and James Welling photographs and Gerard &amp; Kelly videos at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower.&nbsp;</em></p> Mies' McCormick House gets an update so that people can actually find it Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T10:51:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>"Almost every day, a visitor will be standing in the house and will ask where the house is," said Jenny Gibbs, executive director of the Elmhurst Art Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The McCormick House, located in&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> suburbs, was built by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a> in 1952 and is one of only three residences designed by the pioneering modernist architect. In 1994, the steel frame row house was moved to a nearby park where it was restored and opened to public as part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elmhurst Art Museum</a>. While public access to the house has been an important success, an ongoing issue has come about from the new building that the museum added in 1997 along with the new corridors that linked the quarters to the Mies house. Basically, it masked the main facade of the house, camouflaging the prized architectural home and making many a visitor wonder where the McCormick House even was. The museum now plans to tear down the corridor, restore a carport at the house's entrance, and install trees and grass to more closely resemble the landscaping around the original house.</p> A giant MacBook tops out the Foster + Partners-designed Chicago Apple Store Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T17:16:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Although the original Foster + Partners renderings for the new Chicago Apple Store did not include a logo on its gray, rectilinear convex carbon-fiber roof, construction workers briefly unrolled the trademark white Apple across what now can only be viewed as a giant MacBook (no word yet on whether the store is meant to be in perpetual sleep mode). Here's a video of the unfurling:&nbsp;</p> Obama's Presidential Center through the landscape architecture lens Alexander Walter 2017-05-24T15:15:00-04:00 >2017-05-24T15:19:41-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The most important question related to the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side doesn&rsquo;t have that much to do with its architecture. It is instead: What kind of landscape stewardship can a presidential museum and library offer? To be located in Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted&rsquo;s Jackson Park, the project already has a heap of canonical landscape history to contend with. So can the Obama library make a great park greater?</p></em><br /><br /><p>"So this new landscape has the potential to improve upon the already very good. But for whom?," Zach Mortice asks in his piece for <em>Landscape Architecture Magazine</em>. "Will these grounds remain public and accessible for all South Siders and Chicagoans, free of charge?"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p></p> If Chicago's John Hancock Center gets a new owner, it could get a new name Justine Testado 2017-05-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T21:09:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Hearn's] venture also controls rights to the building's name, which has remained unchanged since John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. developed it [...] Hearn has been in talks with companies interested in putting their name on the skyscraper since the structure's namesake no longer pays for that right. "We've had interest in it, but have not made a deal yet," Hearn said. That process could be resumed by a new owner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chicago-based developer Hearn Co. currently plans on selling the John Hancock Center's office space, parking garage and, perhaps most interestingly, its naming rights later this summer. According to the Chicago Tribune, Hearn would use the proceeds from the naming rights toward a $10 million redevelopment of the tower's plaza.</p> Blair Kamin calls restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple "triumphant" Alexander Walter 2017-05-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-22T14:30:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Frrank Lloyd Wright was never one to fret about meeting deadlines, sticking to budgets or roofs that leaked. So there is something fitting about the delayed, but altogether triumphant, restoration of Wright's Unity Temple, [...] the finest public building of Wright's Chicago years and home to one of the most beautiful rooms in America. Instead of finishing on schedule last fall, the $25 million project is wrapping up just in time for the 150th anniversary of Wright's birthday, June 8.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Success, it's often said, has many fathers, and so it is with here," Kamin writes. "A team of consultants led by Chicago's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harboe Architects</a> has lavished exacting care on every aspect of this project, from the restoration of jewel-like art glass to the recreation of textured plaster walls."</p> Tigerman McCurry are closing shop and retiring Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T18:07:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T18:07:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Husband and wife duo Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry, principals of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tigerman McCurry Architects</a>, have had a sizable influence on the profession, particularly in their hometown of Chicago. Now their saga is coming to a close, with Dennis Rodkin of <a href=";utm_source=ccb-breakingnews&amp;utm_campaign=ccb-breakingnews-20170511" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Crain&rsquo;s </em></a>reporting that they&rsquo;re shuttering their practice and retiring.</p><p>Tigerman is perhaps best known for his central position in the Chicago Seven, a group of architects that challenged modernist orthodoxy and ushered in the post-modern era. His built work, from the Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter to the Pensacola Apartments (both in Chicago), exemplifies ideas he expounded in theoretical writing. In 1977, Tigerman organized a conference on &ldquo;The State of the Art of Architecture&rdquo;&mdash;an event of significant import, as signaled by the appropriation of its theme by the curators of the first <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>.</p><p>McCurry likewise holds a position in the upper echelons of the post-modern hierarchy. In particular, her residential work has b...</p> The Twitterverse Responds to Obama's Presidential Library Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-08T18:34:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T18:16:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>During <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama's unveiling of plans</a> for his upcoming Presidential Library and Center, the former POTUS revealed his young ambitions of being an architect. During yesterdays events, he proclaimed "I wanted to be an architect when I was a kid. Somehow, I took a wrong turn." Back in June, Obama chose architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> to design the foundation, but the community-organizer from Chicago has remained quite active in the planning process for his building, even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sending the team back</a> to the drawing boards after finding their initial design a little too quiet.&nbsp;</p><p>Blair Kamin, of the&nbsp;<em>The Chicago Tribune</em>, is as of yet, the only reporter to give&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his take</a>&nbsp;on the plans. While he is hopeful that kinks will be worked out, he would like to see Obama's populist agenda for the center reflected more in the completed design. But, now that the plans have been released to the public, everyone gets to be a critic and responses to the design, concept, potential effects to the surrounding com...</p> Take a look at the first images of the design for the Obama Presidential Center by TWBTA Nicholas Korody 2017-05-03T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T12:21:59-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">promised</a>, initial designs for the Obama Presidential Center by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a> were released today. The Center will be composed of three buildings&mdash;the Museum, the Forum, and the Library&mdash;that surround a rectangular plaza.</p><p>The four primary sides of the Museum, the tallest structure on the site, are hexagons, sloping out as they rise before tapering back in about a quarter of the way up the building. In the drawings, the Museum, as well as the other two buildings, appears to be clad in stone. The fa&ccedil;ades are punctured with a few narrow rectangular windows. On the south-western corner of the Museum, a chunk is cut out of the bottom half and the resulting vertical surfaces of the indentation are glazed. On the opposite corner, the top half is cut out, producing a balcony. A large entrance on the southern side leads out to the plaza via a ramp.</p><p>The Forum and the Library line the southern and eastern edges of the plaza. They will be single-story structures with terrac...</p> Obama said to reveal 3D model of Presidential Center on Wednesday Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-02T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T13:46:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Tribune is reporting</a> that the Obamas will finally reveal a conceptual model of the former president&rsquo;s library and museum tomorrow. The Obamas are to release the three-dimensional model at a community meeting event at the South Shore Cultural Center, which also happens to be where the couple held their 1992 wedding reception. Expected to attend the event is Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also served as the president&rsquo;s first White House Chief of Staff. Obama will host a roundtable discussion, giving an update on the center, followed by feedback from community leaders&mdash;a format that makes sense given that Obama got his start as a community organizer in Chicago and has long been a champion of civic engagement.</p><p>The Presidential Center, which is being designed by architects <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a>, has been estimated to cost anywhere from $500 million to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1.5 billion</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be located in Jackson Park</a>, a choice that has been controversial. Some are worried that developme...</p> Goettsch Partners officially debuts new 54-story office tower in Chicago Justine Testado 2017-04-21T19:08:00-04:00 >2017-04-21T19:08:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>150 North Riverside is the new, tall kid on the block in Chicago's West Loop, on a narrow 2-acre riverfront site between Randolph and Lake Streets. Operating since February, the 54-story office tower made its official debut during a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.</p><p>Designed by locally based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Goettsch Partners</a>, the massive tower sits atop a narrow base, which fits between seven active Amtrak rail lines to the west and the Chicago River to the east.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Photos &copy;&nbsp;Nick Ulivieri</em>.</p><p>With the first full floor at Level 8 and over 100 feet above the plaza, the tower includes column-free office floors and offers 1.25 million square feet of rentable space, currently leased by tenants like William Blair &amp; Co., Hyatt Hotels Corp., Navigant Consulting, and law firm Polsinelli.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Rendering of the plaza. &copy; Goettsch Partners.</em></p><p>The scheme's floor plans average at approximately 28,000 square feet with potential room for 12 corner offices. It also includes restaurants, a fitness center, a large conference center, ...</p> The Chicago Architecture Biennial to partner with six museums and institutions to get visitors to explore beyond downtown Chicago Nicholas Korody 2017-04-13T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-13T12:13:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;curated this year by the Los Angeles-based studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, has announced that it&rsquo;s teaming up with six museums and institutions that will serve as &ldquo;Community Anchor&rdquo; sites. In short, these sites will host events, exhibitions and programming intended to bring the Biennial audience out to other parts of the city, and to encourage visiting Chicago&rsquo;s historic museums. Funded by the Chicago Community Trust, the Community Anchor program &ldquo;confirms the Chicago Architecture Biennial&rsquo;s commitment to being a city-wide initiative by expanding beyond downtown,&rdquo; according to a press release.</p><p>The museums and institutions that have partnered with the Biennial are: The Beverly Arts Center, DePaul Art Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.</p><p>&ldquo;There is no better place than the City of Chicago to come together, share ideas, and focus on...</p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events Carl Sergio 2017-04-11T14:09:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T14:09:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Restoration/Revitalization/Revolution is the theme for these upcoming events&mdash;whether it&rsquo;s historic Wrigley Field, The Hollander Fireproof Warehouse, or Architects Advocate taking the conversation to AIA Convention. Come out to these events to see the changes happening in the community.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wrigley Field Historic Rehabilitation and Restoration &ndash; It's not just a Ballpark | April 13</a></strong></p><p>William Ketcham, AIA and Andrew Pigozzi, AIA from Stantec will give an overview of the 1060 Project which includes Wrigley Field, the adjacent plaza, Cubs office building, hotel, and expanded baseball operations. They will focus on the historic landmark issues, technical forensics and challenges, the sequence of building between baseball seasons, and how winning impacts the schedule. The renovation extends well beyond the friendly confines, and they will discuss how the master plan and collateral development will enhance the greater Wrigle...</p> Chicago's Willis Tower to get $20 million expansion of the hair-raising Skydeck Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-28T19:04:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T19:04:21-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Not for the faint of heart, the Blackstone Group is planning on expanding the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skydeck</a>, the popular observatory on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, according to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Business</em></a>. The skyscraper, still commonly referred to as the Sears Tower, was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years before being overbuilt by the Petronas Towers. The new owners acquired the space in 2015 for $1.3 billion, the highest price every paid for a US property outside of New York City, and are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">considering ways to further develop the property</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2009, the building then held by London-based insurance broker Willis Group, added retractable glass balconies. This panic-inducing attraction extends approximately 4 feet out into the sky, allowing those who dare the ability to stand 1,353 feet in the sky from a glass box referred to as The Ledge. Building on this popular attraction, the fresh proprietors of the tower are considering a $20 million expansion. With&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">glass-bottomed attractions</a> popping u...</p> Kwong Von Glinow Design Office is named the recipient of the 2016 Chicago Prize Archinect 2017-03-23T16:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-23T19:50:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Chicago Architecture Club named Lake Forest's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kwong Von Glinow Design Office</a> the recipient of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Chicago Prize</a>. &nbsp;This is a biennial prize given for the design of an international competition. &nbsp;This year's competition, titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">On the Edge</a>, asked architects and designers to rethink Lake Shore Drive's connection to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a>'s waterfront. &nbsp;Kwong Von Glinow Design Office's proposal, titled <em>Lattices on the Drive</em>, seeks to enhance the pedestrian's relationship to Lake Shore Drive. &nbsp;At each underpass which leads to the Lake, an access point at the media brings pedestrians up to a steel-frame viewing deck from which they can see the Lake, the city, and of course, Lake Shore Drive. &nbsp;An exhibition of their winning proposal will be in the lobby of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a> through June.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow co-founded Kwong Von Glinow Design Office in Chicago in 2016. &nbsp;Both partners earned their Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of D...</p> 16 designers to display new "Tribune Tower" models at the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T19:41:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T19:42:02-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The 1922 contest drew 263 entries from 23 countries and led to the construction of a landmark neo-Gothic skyscraper. In 1980, Chicago architects Stanley Tigerman and Stuart Cohen organized a "Late Entries" version of the legendary contest...Now, the curators of this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial are putting together what might be called the "Late Late Entries" to the Tribune Tower competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the names of the sixteen designers picked to create a new "Tribune Tower" at the Chicago Architecture Biennial haven't been announced quite yet, according to this article their designs are already being value-engineered in order to be as feasible as possible for potential construction. Whichever design may ultimately go on to the big time of 1:1 scale, the Biennial will be a delightful experience for all of those who still enjoy enormous physical models of both the built and the unbuilt variety:&nbsp;</p><p><em>In addition to the 16 new versions of Tribune Tower, the curators are commissioning two other 16-foot-tall models of designs for the skyscraper from early in the last century. One is a famous, columnlike version by the Austrian architect Adolf Loos that was part of the 1922 competition. The other, which was not officially entered, is a gridded modernist design by the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer.</em></p> 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial participants announced Justine Testado 2017-03-06T13:14:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T14:18:28-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Preparations for the second <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> are in full swing, with the big reveal of the 2017 participants today. Titled &ldquo;Make New History&rdquo; and with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee</a>&nbsp;as Artistic Directors, the 2017 roster has the names of over 100 firms &mdash; many of them well-known &mdash; representing over 20 countries. The 2017 CAB will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center and additional sites across the city from&nbsp;September 16 through January 7, 2018.</p><p>Building upon the themes and ideas presented in the successful 2015 edition, the 2017 biennial will showcase a diversity of architectural work from across the globe and will focus on &ldquo;examining the underpinnings of this resurgence of historical interest&rdquo; and &ldquo;the efforts of contemporary architects to align their work with versions of history.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice,&rdquo; Sharon Johnston says.</p><p>Her...</p> Obama reacts to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects's first design for the Obama Presidential Library Nicholas Korody 2017-02-24T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-02-27T09:31:31-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Interviewed by Paul Goldberger, the New York architecture critic who advised the Obama Foundation on the architect selection process for the library, Williams and Tsien revealed conceptual ideas for the project, said Obama critiqued an early plan of theirs as too quiet [...] "He said it was too unflashy," ArchDaily quoted Tsien as saying. "He looked at what we did and he said, 'I said you could be sort of quiet, but I think you're a little too quiet.'"</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, Spring '17 Justine Testado 2017-02-21T18:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:02:05-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter &amp; Spring 2017</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session for Winter and Spring 2017.<em> Get Lectured </em>is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss. Mark those calendars!</p><p><strong><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><p>Check out what upcoming events are happening at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SAIC Department of&nbsp;Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects</a> for Spring '17.</p><p><strong>Feb 24</strong><br>Studio Swine<br>4:15 pm-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center Ground Floor, 37 Wabash Ave</p><p><strong>Mar 2</strong><br>Rossana Hu<br>4:15-5:45 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 9</strong><br>Center for Genomic Gastronomy<br>Tasting and Symposium: 12-2 pm at&nbsp;US Food Fanatic Auditorium, 900 North Branch St<br>Lecture: 6-8 pm at LeRoy Neiman Center</p><p><strong>Mar 16</strong><br>Jeanne Gang<br>6-8 pm at Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S Michigan Ave&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ma...</strong></p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-02-21T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-02-25T22:22:01-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Spring is&nbsp;continuing&nbsp;to bring&nbsp;visiting&nbsp;architects lectures to Chicago this week.&nbsp;We also&nbsp;have volunteer opportunities for designers and global&nbsp;research presentations.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Junya Ishigami |&nbsp;February 21</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>junya.ishigami+associates</em></p><p>The Golden Lion award winner for best project at the 12th international architecture biennale will speak on tectonics and environment as he comes to IIT this week. His work, though minimal insertions, shows a connection of purity from art to architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Colonizing Heritage: The Adaptive Reuse of Myanmar's Architecture |&nbsp;February 22</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em></em></p><p>The Martin Roche Travel Scholarship recipient Devon Morris will be at the Chicago design Museum this week to speak on his travels to Myanmar. In a constant state of globalization, many countries have to find new approaches to historical conservation and continual re-use of architecture.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Chicago Volunteer Expo |&nbsp;February 26</strong></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em></em></p><p>There are plent...</p> Chicago’s Willis Tower is about to get a $500M facelift Nicholas Korody 2017-02-10T12:37:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T12:38:36-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>City officials revealed Wednesday a slew of improvements for Chicago&rsquo;s tallest building, the Willis Tower. Totaling up to $500 million, the renovations will include six floors of new retail space, an outdoor deck and a winter garden&mdash;all intended to entice tourists into the Tower. Other potential new amenities include a rooftop skating rink and a 50,000 square foot digital attraction. Officials said that 5,000 Skydeck tickets will be given each year to Chicago schools. $100,000 will be donated to Project Pipeline, a program for young people.</p><p>The project, which is spearheaded by the building&rsquo;s owners the Blackstone Group L.P., will begin this month and end in the summer of 2019. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the project should create 2,500 jobs.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t DNA Info&nbsp;</a></p> This week's picks for Chicago architecture and design events hcscully 2017-02-06T15:36:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T22:15:50-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>University lectures and research exhibitions are starting up for the new year.</p><p>Here is your list of things to do in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> over the next couple of weeks.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lecture: Yvonne Farrell | February 15</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image credit: Grafton Architects</em></p><p>Yvonne Farrell of Grafton Architects has been invited to speak at IIT this month. The Dublin firm has given shape to many institutional buildings across Europe since its founding.</p><p>Fresh off an announcement that she will be one of the curators for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition we look to get a glimpse into what lies ahead in 2018.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vladimir Radutny Architects &ndash; Firm Tour | February 16</a></strong></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Image credit: Mike Schwartz (c)</em></p><p>Recently honored Dubin Family Young Architect Vladimir Radutny is opening his doors to the Young Architects Forum. Much of Radutny&rsquo;s work include community and residential spaces that respect the quality of craft. Always active in materiality and detailing, this is an opportunity to witness these traits in person. RSVP requested.</p><p>After the tou...</p> Will the Willis Tower lose its claim to being the tallest building in Chicago? Nicholas Korody 2017-01-27T17:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:06:07-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Willis Tower may soon have to say goodbye to its title as the tallest building in the Windy City. Two competing designs for a redevelopment of the Helmut Jahn-designed James R. Thompson center stretch high above the tower. One, by Jahn himself, would preserve the original, curving structure while adding a 1,340-foot hotel and residential skyscraper besides it. Another, by Chicago architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, would demolish the Jahn building and build a 1,700-foot mixed-use tower. Apparently, Governor Bruce Rauner is in favor of demolishing the older building.</p><p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Chicago Tribune</a></em>, it&rsquo;s not clear if any of these plans will actually be realized. Budgetary disputes between Dems and Republicans in the state government may preclude any action.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p>