Deborah Berke uses modern design, modern art to revive Indianapolis’ Old City Hall

A rendering of the proposed 21c Museum Hotel with the old City Hall (left), which will be come an art museum and housing for arts-related professionals. (Courtesy 21c Museum Hotels)

A rendering of the proposed 21c Museum Hotel with the old City Hall (left), which will be come an art museum and housing for arts-related professionals. (Courtesy 21c Museum Hotels)

A white elephant in Indiana’s capital city may see new life after decades of decay—with a little help from modern art. Read More

Chicago’s Willis Tower reportedly up for sale

Chicago's Willis Tower in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

Chicago’s Willis Tower in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

Chicago’s tallest building may be on the market, and it might even have a buyer. Read More

Crumbling temples, South Side landmarks, neon signs top list of Chicago’s “most threatened” buildings

The altar at Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, closed since 2008. (Chris Bentley)

The altar at Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation, closed since 2008. The Uptown building is among Preservation Chicago’s most threatened buildings. (Chris Bentley)

Preservation Chicago Wednesday named the seven Chicago structures on their annual list of the city’s most threatened historic buildings, calling attention to vacant or blighted buildings from Englewood to Uptown that include a crumbling masonic temple, defunct factories, and even a South Side city landmark. Read More

“Jock tax” could fund new stadiums for Milwaukee Bucks; Populous, HNTB, Eppstein Uhen shortlisted to design

Inside the Milwaukee Bucks' current arena. (Jeramey Jannene via Flickr)

Inside the Milwaukee Bucks’ current arena. (Jeramey Jannene via Flickr)

Wisconsin’s NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks, are getting a new stadium designed either by Populous, HNTB, or Eppstein Uhen, owners announced last week.

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ARO, KieranTimberlake, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam make shortlist for Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University's campus. (Trevis Rothwell via Flickr)

Washington University’s campus. (Trevis Rothwell via Flickr)

Washington University in St. Louis on Monday announced the three finalists competing to design a new building for its Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Read More

Detroit city council asks, graffiti: art or vandalism?

Detroit graffiti art by Four Eyes, via 4731 Gallery and Studios.

Detroit graffiti art by Four Eyes, via 4731 Gallery and Studios.

Graffiti: art or vandalism? For some there’s an absolute answer to that question, but for most there’s room for debate. In New York City, police chief Bill Bratton calls graffiti “the first sign of urban decay,” while work from Banksy (and sometimes lesser-known street artists) fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at New York auctions.

Detroit became the latest city to grapple with this question in an official capacity, with city council members previewing ordinances designed to cut back on blight that have brought a somewhat philosophical question into sharp legal focus: How do you distinguish between blight and art in a city renowned (or reviled) for both?

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St. Louis is the latest to pursue a bike share system

Potential stations for a bike sharing system in St. Louis. (Alta /  Great Rivers Greenway)

Potential stations for a bike sharing system in St. Louis. (Alta / Great Rivers Greenway)

St. Louis could become the latest city to join the wave of bike sharing programs already prevalent in cities from Washington, D.C. to Portland, Oregon.

Great Rivers Greenway—a special taxing district created in 2000, when St. Louisans devoted a tenth-of-a-cent sales tax premium to for the creation of trails and parks—issued a request for qualifications in December. Now a feasibility study from bike sharing firm Alta Planning + Design says the city’s ready for a two-year roll out of 60 stations with 540 bikes, with 30 additional stations and 250 bikes to follow. Read More

Minneapolis takes a cue from the Netherlands with city’s first woonerf shared street

A woonerf street in Jimbocho, Tokyo. (Rob Ketcherside via Flickr)

A woonerf street in Jimbocho, Tokyo. (Rob Ketcherside via Flickr)

A residential development in downtown Minneapolis is set to give the city its first woonerf, a road type developed in the Netherlands that integrates vehicle traffic and parking with pedestrians, bicyclists and public amenities. Read More

Twin Cities architects will pay you $5,000 to take this piece of the Minneapolis skyway

This defunct chunk of the minneapolis skyway is currently gathering dust. (citydeskstudio)

This defunct chunk of the minneapolis skyway is currently gathering dust. (citydeskstudio)

Minneapolis architects CityDeskStudio are sitting on an iconic piece of Twin Cities infrastructure. Almost a decade ago they acquired a defunct chunk of the city’s elevated pedestrian network, the Minneapolis Skyway. Years later they’re still wondering what to do with it, which could be to your benefit if you’re in the market for a 140-ton steel box designed by Ed Baker.

You don’t need deep pockets, either. In fact, they’ll pay you $5,000 to haul it away.

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MCA Chicago unveils new logo, plans for image overhaul with help from Johnston Marklee

Architecture, Art, Midwest
Friday, February 20, 2015
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MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough)

MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough)

Change is underway at Chicago‘s Museum of Contemporary Art. At a press conference Friday MCA officials revealed that the institution is working on a new image, new programming and even a new master plan for the museum’s space led by Los Angeles–based design firm Johnston Marklee.

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Minneapolis college wants to accredit architecture students in just five years

Architecture, Dean's List, Midwest
Thursday, February 19, 2015
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(Robert Francis)

(Robert Francis)

Minneapolis architect John Dwyer is the latest on a growing list of educators hoping to streamline the path from architecture student to practicing designer—an odyssey of classes, vocational training, and rigorous licensing requirements that can top the time it takes to become a medical specialist. Read More

Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards honor affordable housing, preservation

The Chicago Community Trust honored successful efforts by community members to name the city's historic Pullman neighborhood a national monument.

The Chicago Community Trust honored successful efforts by community members to name the city’s historic Pullman neighborhood a national monument.

Preservation projects took home top honors during the architectural portion of this year’s Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), exemplifying humanistic design in the too-often overlooked arenas of affordable housing and community development.

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