Archinect - News 2018-03-21T10:52:25-04:00 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> 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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 src="" border="0" /><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 src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><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 src="" border="0" /><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 src="" border="0" /><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>