Rafael Viñoly unveils his 76-story homage to Chicago’s Sears Tower

113 E. Roosevelt Rd.

(Rafael Viñoly)

On the heels of a new 86-story project by JAHN. Chicago‘s South Loop neighborhood is also prepping for a 76-story tower designed by Rafael Viñoly. Both projects were unveiled Tuesday and would be among the tallest buildings in the city if built.

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Unveiled> JAHN project towers over Chicago’s South Loop

(JAHN)

(JAHN)

JAHN, the Chicago-based firm led by Helmut Jahn and Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido, has unveiled renderings of a long-rumored project in their hometown’s South Loop neighborhood. At 1,030 feet, the tower would be Chicago’s fifth tallest—or, as Curbed Chicago points out, sixth if Studio Gang‘s Wanda Vista project is completed first.

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On View> “Streamlines” sculptures and performances stoke climate conversations in southern Indiana

Art, Midwest, On View, Sustainability
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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"Streamlines" begins Sep. 24. (Mary Miss and City as Living Laboratory)

“Streamlines” begins Sep. 24. (Mary Miss and City as Living Laboratory)

Art has washed up on the banks of southern Indiana‘s White River. Converging south of Indianapolis near Columbus, Indiana, the river’s two forks draw from a series of small tributaries, which an artist working with grant money from the National Science Foundation has chosen as the setting for an interactive public art series meant to provoke discussions on water, environment, and climate.

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Downtown Cleveland Alliance taps Chicago’s PORT to reinvent a shadowy underpass

Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT)

Renderings of a plan to remake the Main Avenue Bridge underpass in Cleveland. (PORT)

Chicago-based PORT Urbanism will work with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to turn a forbidding underpass near Cleveland‘s warehouse district into a vibrant pedestrian space, now that the Chicago-based firm has been selected as the winner of a design competition to revive the Main Avenue Bridge. Read More

On View> The Detroit Design Festival kicks off today

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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(Detroit Design Festival)

(Detroit Design Festival)

The Detroit Design Festival returns this year with 30 events and exhibits put together with contributions from dozens of architects and designers. The festival, which runs September 22–26, kicks off with “industry day,” featuring 3D printing demonstrations and a lecture by Stephen Hobbs titled “Defensive Architecture.” You can view a full schedule of the events here.

Cincinnati Music Hall renovation to begin next year, for late 2017 reopening

(Courtesy 3CDC)

(Courtesy 3CDC)

After nearly a decade in the works, the renovation of Cincinnati’s grand Music Hall has a construction timeline. The $129 million construction project crept along for years, the building languishing while preservationists sought to raise funds for its restoration—even as the fortunes of the surrounding neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine surged.

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Video> Douglas Durst on affordable housing, sustainability and developing New York City

Development, National, Q+A, Skyscrapers
Monday, September 21, 2015
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The SOM spire at left and the Durst/Port replacement at right. (Courtesy SOM/Durst)

The SOM spire at left and the Durst/Port Authority replacement at right. (Courtesy SOM/The Durst Organization)

This Fall, I served as special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat‘s awards ceremony in Chicago. Among the many architects, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed was Douglas Durst, head of The Durst Organization, a family-run real estate empire established in New York City 100 years ago. He was there to accept the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

MAD reveals slimmed-down Lucas Museum on the Chicago lakeshore

(Courtesy Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

A bridge across Burnham Harbor has been eliminated from the proposal. (Courtesy Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

The PR team boosting the George Lucas Museum today unveiled new renderings of the Star Wars filmmaker’s high-profile and controversial proposal to turn a swath of land on Chicago’s lakefront into a gallery for Lucas’ art collection, digital art and movie memorabilia.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial releases full list of public programs and events

Architecture, Midwest, News, On View
Friday, September 18, 2015
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The opening of Theaster Gates' Stony Island Arts Bank on Oct. 3 is one of the Chicago Architecture Biennial's debut events. (Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation)

The opening of Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank on Oct. 3 is one of the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s debut events. (Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Rebuild Foundation)

Get out your calendars. As The Chicago Architecture Biennial draws near to its October 3 debut, the festival’s organizers have released a list of events and public programs that should help fill out your social schedule into December.

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Report: Red tape and deferred maintenance balloon U.S. infrastructure costs to $3.7 trillion

City Terrain, National, News, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation via Flickr)

A new report attempts to quantify the cost of our national reluctance to fix aging bridges, railroads and power lines. Delays in approving infrastructure projects cost the United States some $3.7 trillion, according to the nonpartisan think tank Common Good—more than twice what it would take to fix the infrastructure in the first place, according to a report titled Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals.

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Boomtown: Houston poised to overtake Chicago as country’s third-largest city by 2025

Downtown Houston. (eflon / Wikimedia Commons)

Downtown Houston. (eflon / Wikimedia Commons)

The Texas metropolis of Houston is famous (or perhaps infamous) for its sprawling footprint. But as recent census numbers affirm, that growth reflects more than just a lack of zoning—within 10 years, more people will live in Houston than Chicago, according to information from health departments in Illinois and Texas. (Read AN‘s feature examining Houston’s first General Plan here.)

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Indiana University Health hires HOK to masterplan medical campus in downtown Indianapolis

Development, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Monday, September 14, 2015
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(HOK)

(HOK)

Healthcare in the Indianapolis area is getting a check-up, as a new masterplan seeks to streamline operations at one of South Central Indiana’s biggest medical institutions.

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