With major financial support in place, Detroit’s bike share program pedals into the fast lane

Philly Indego Bikeshare

Philadelphia’s IndeGo bike share program provides a model on which to base new start up programs in cities like Detroit. ( Tyree303/Wikimedia Commons)

Detroit will soon be joining the over 70 other U.S. cities with bike share programs. The 350-bike, 35-station system is on track to open in 2016, with recent monetary support from public and private sources.

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Here’s how a phone booth on the side of a highway in Arkansas landed on the National Register of Historic Places

Midwest, News, Preservation
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
An Airlight phone booth in Kelley, Iowa (Courtesy Phone Booth In Kelley Iowa / Facebook)

An Airlight phone booth in Kelley, Iowa. (Courtesy Phone Booth In Kelley Iowa / Facebook)

It’s no TARDIS, but the Prairie Grove, Arkansas, Airlight telephone booth, on U.S. 62 in front of the Colonial Motel, has defied cell phones and a near fatal encounter with a runaway SUV to become the first phone booth listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Chicago’s Blue Demons break ground on massive Pelli Clarke Pelli arena

Architecture, Midwest, News, Other
Monday, November 23, 2015
McCormick Place Event Center Roof (courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Moody Nolan)

McCormick Place Event Center Roof (courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Moody Nolan)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand for last week’s groundbreaking of Chicago’s next new sports and entertainment arena by Pelli Clarke Pelli.

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Norman Foster plants a new Apple Store in the heart of Chicago

Architecture, Midwest, News, Unveiled
Monday, November 23, 2015
(Chicago Department of Planning and Development)

(Chicago Department of Planning and Development)

Foster + Partners has revealed initial images of a proposed Apple store at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. The new store will replace their existing Michigan Avenue flagship store six blocks to the north.

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Day 37 & 38: The sheen of the Chicago Architecture Biennial has not worn off as programming continues to impress

Architecture, Midwest
Thursday, November 19, 2015
"Tesseracts of Time" by Jessica Lang Dance Co. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

“Tesseracts of Time” by Jessica Lang Dance Co. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

Often, there’s a blast of attention for the opening of a Biennial, or Biennale, or Triennale. This happens partly because the media descends on a place for the first few days while opening events abound, and then go back on their merry ways. It’s also due in part to the event’s programming—how much of note actually happens after the initial weekend? The Chicago Architecture Biennial, now over a month on, is bucking that trend by doing a great job of extending its initial burst of programming.

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Ahead of the Tiny Homes Summit, AIA Chicago competition takes a big look at tiny houses

Midwest, Urbanism
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Four vacant lots in Chicago's South Side Bronzeville Neighborhood will be the site of AIA Chicago's tiny Homes Competition.

Four vacant lots in Chicago’s South Side Bronzeville Neighborhood will be the site of AIA Chicago’s tiny Homes Competition.

As part of this upcoming April Tiny Homes Summit at the University of Illinois Chicago, the AIA has launched the Tiny Homes Competition. Organized by AIA Chicago, in partnership with Landon Bone Baker Architects, Pride Action Tank, Windy City Times, and a long list of additional local and national advocacy groups, the competition seeks new modular alternatives to affordable and subsidized housing.

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Everybody Dance Now: Steven Holl collaborates for dance at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, Newsletter
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11/5/15 7:24:30 PM -- World Premier of "Tesseracts of Time" by Jessica Lang Dance Co. . © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015

World Premier of “Tesseracts of Time” by Jessica Lang Dance Co. and Steven Holl. (Todd Rosenberg Photography)

One of the more unusual things I heard when preparing for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) was a tip from someone involved that there was going to be “a ballet about Steven Holl.” I was obviously excited about this prospect, and I finally got to see the final results last Friday. It may not have been exactly about Steven himself, but it was close.

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Oklahoma’s Will Rogers World Airport to get a new wing by FSB and HOK

Architecture, Midwest, Unveiled
Friday, November 13, 2015
Oklahoma Airport Trust approves a bright new terminal at Will Rogers World Airport. Courtesy FSB and HOK

Oklahoma Airport Trust approves a bright new terminal at Will Rogers World Airport. Courtesy FSB and HOK

The Oklahoma Airport Trust has approved the schematic designs for a new terminal expansion at Will Rogers World Airport. The design team, lead by Oklahoma City–based Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates (FSB), with partners Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum (HOK), have integrated the latest in airport security, technology, and circulation into their brightly daylit plan.

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University of Kansas Joins 13 others in new NCARB program to fast-track student licensure

Midwest, News, Professional Practice
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The University of Kansas will take part in the inaugural

The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning will take part in the inaugural Integrated Path Initiative

The University of Kansas in Lawrence has been added to the list of 13 other accredited architecture schools to partake in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) inaugural Integrated Path Initiative. The initiative is meant to streamline the licensure process of aspiring architects by integrating the Internship Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) into B.Arch and M.Arch programs.

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Breaking> Federal Court Pumps Brakes on Lucas Museum

The plan calls for a mix of greenery and hardscape to complement a stoic facade originally slated to be masonry.

The embattled Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts planned for the Chicago Lakefront will now have to wait at least until February to know its fate.

Just two weeks after the city of Chicago gave the go ahead for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to procure a 99 year lease on the Chicago Lakefront from the Chicago Park District, a federal court has indicated that it will not give a decision until February regarding a case brought by Friends of the Parks against the City.

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Public realm champion Carol Ross Barney wins AIA Illinois Gold Medal

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, Urbanism
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The facade of the infrastructural building plays with light shadow and color. Feinknopf Photo

The facade of the OSU Campus Central Chiller by Ross Barney Architects plays with light shadow and color. Photo Credit – Feinknopf Photo

The seventh AIA Illinois Gold Medal has been presented to Carol Ross Barney of Ross Barney Architects. Barney’s career spans 40 years of practice in Chicago, in which her firm has taken on civic, social, and cultural projects across the country. Read More

Letter to the Editor> Francois Roche responds to Patrik Schumacher’s reproach of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

(Courtesy City of Chicago)

(Courtesy City of Chicago)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

The Architect’s Newspaper recently published an excerpt from Patrik Schumacher’s now-infamous Facebook post which he also sent to AN. In response, Thailand-based architect Francois Roche sent us the following letter from his Facebook page; an edited version was also posted on Dezeen.

Read Roche’s unedited comments after the jump.

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