Restoration work brings new windows to long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Detroit

After years of dilapidation, Michigan Central Station boasts new windows on some floors. (FOX 2 Detroit)

After years of dilapidation, Michigan Central Station boasts new windows on some floors. (FOX 2 Detroit)

There are few buildings as emblematic of the urban blight in Detroit as Michigan Central Station. That changed slightly this week, when new windows appeared in some of the historic building’s vacant frames.

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Chicago Architecture Biennial adds 40 firms to inaugural festival’s roster

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILIONby  Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT.

School Lakefront Kiosk: THE CENT PAVILION by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT. (Courtesy Pezo Von Ellrichshausen + College of Architecture, IIT)

The Chicago Architecture Biennial released a full list of participating designers today, bringing the total to more than 100 architects and artists from more than 30 countries.

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David Adjaye exhibition, Ukrainian urban planners among winners of new Graham Foundation grants

Lebbeus Woods, Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993. Courtesy of the Estate of Lebbeus Woods, New York. From the 2015 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to the University of California, Berkeley-Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s exhibition Architecture of Life.

Lebbeus Woods, Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993. Courtesy of the Estate of Lebbeus Woods, New York. From the 2015 Graham Foundation Organizational Grant to the University of California, Berkeley-Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s exhibition Architecture of Life.

Chicago‘s Graham Foundation today announced nearly half a million dollars in grant funding for “groundbreaking” architectural projects by organizations, including the first major career survey of architect David Adjaye, an urban planning program in Ukraine, and architecture festivals in Norway and Portugal.

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JAHN reportedly designing tower for Chicago’s South Loop

Helmut Jahn in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. (Courtesy University of Chicago)

Helmut Jahn in the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. (Courtesy University of Chicago)

JAHN (the firm formerly known as Murphy/Jahn) has projects all over the world, but a tower project announced Thursday by Crain’s Chicago Business‘ Dennis Rodkin is on a site in the Chicago-based firm’s backyard.

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An expanse of sustainable timber just clinched the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s Lakefront Kiosk Competition

Chicago Architecture Biennial officials today announced "Chicago Horizon" by Ultramoderne as the winner of the inaugural design festival's Lakefront Kiosk Competition. (Ultramoderne)

Chicago Architecture Biennial officials today announced “Chicago Horizon” by Ultramoderne as the winner of the inaugural design festival’s Lakefront Kiosk Competition. (Ultramoderne)

Officials with the Chicago Architecture Biennial today announced the winners of the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, choosing a team whose stated goal was “to build the largest flat wood roof possible.”

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Pictorial> Minnesota opens first public monument dedicated to military families

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute opened this summer.  (George Heinrich)

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute opened this summer. (George Heinrich)

After four years in the making, St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year opened a new tribute to the military families—the first monument aimed directly at the family members of those in the armed forces, as opposed to the service men and women themselves.

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Unveiled> Egypt’s National Cancer Institute hires SOM for 9 million square foot campus

Despite its mammoth size, the 200-acre campus is intended to feel cohesive, according to SOM's project description, because of its highly organized layout. (SOM)

Despite its mammoth size, the 200-acre campus is intended to feel cohesive, according to SOM’s project description, because of its highly organized layout. (SOM)

Looking to expand its footprint across 35 acres outside Cairo, Egypt’s National Cancer Institute has hired Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design and plan nine million square feet of healthcare space for an “international nexus of cancer research, education, and discourse” that is targeting LEED Gold.

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Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park complex in Detroit was just named a national landmark

"Lafayette Tower West After A Storm," shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

“Lafayette Tower West After A Storm,” shot in HDR. (Bryan Debus via Flickr)

More than 50 years after its construction, the single-largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe‘s built work is now a national landmark. The National Park Service on Tuesday designated Detroit‘s Lafayette Park its 2,564th National Historic Landmark, validating the efforts of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, which began the documentation and nomination process in 2012. Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor led those efforts as part of the preservation group’s Michigan Modern Project.

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Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena unveils major overhaul and expansion to stay relevant amid regional competition

U.S. Bank Arena concept. (MSA Sport)

U.S. Bank Arena concept. (MSA Sport)

A major renovation and expansion project planned for Cincinnati‘s U.S. Bank Arena could further change the face of the city’s rapidly evolving riverfront.

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Indiana draws conservative ire for $55 million 200th birthday bash and bicentennial plaza by MKSK

Plans for a new fountain at Indiana's Bicentennial Plaza  in Indianapolis. (MKSK Studios)

Plans for a new fountain at Indiana’s Bicentennial Plaza in Indianapolis. (MKSK Studios)

Hoosiers, if you didn’t get a gift for Indiana on the occasion of its 200th birthday next year, don’t fret—state and local governments have pledged tens of millions in infrastructure investments and new buildings for the Bicentennial. The state’s share carries a total value of more than $55 million, inviting criticism from fiscal conservatives.

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Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel floats ordinance to fast-track transit-oriented development, reduce parking minimums

Currently under construction, 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave. is one of several TOD projects planned near Chicago transit stations. (Brininstool + Lynch)

Currently under construction, 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave. is one of several TOD projects planned near Chicago transit stations. (Brininstool + Lynch)

This week Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will push a plan to expand transit-oriented development (TOD) by easing zoning restrictions and releasing certain projects from parking requirements altogether.

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Navy Pier’s new “Wave Wall” by nArchitects lays a modern Spanish Steps at the foot of a Ferris wheel

Navy Pier's new "Wave Wall" (nARCHITECTS)

Navy Pier’s new “Wave Wall” (nARCHITECTS)

Navy Pier is three years into a $278 million overhaul, and the new face of Illinois’ most visited tourist attraction is beginning to emerge—most recently a grand staircase titled “Wave Wall” washed over the foot of the pier’s famous ferris wheel.

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