Learning from AMIE: a look into the future of 3d printing and sustainable energy management

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(image courtesy SOM)

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A high-performance building prototype which shares energy with a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle.

A cross-disciplinary team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have designed an innovative single-room building module to demonstrate new manufacturing and building technology pathways. The research project, named Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE), leverages rapid innovation through additive manufacturing, commonly known as ‘3d printing,’ to connect a natural-gas-powered hybrid electric vehicle to a high-performance building designed to produce, consume, and store renewable energy.
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Eavesdrop> Blown Over in the Windy City

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Selgascano and helloeverything at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Courtesy CAB)

Selgascano and helloeverything at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Courtesy CAB)

A juicy tidbit from the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The number of projects in the Chicago Cultural Center right now is a bit dizzying, but we can only imagine what the place was like during the installation. It is a small miracle that it all fit, let alone got assembled correctly. The process was not without snafus.

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Kissing Constructs: Barbara Kasten’s surreal photography at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Art, International, Midwest, Newsletter, On View
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Barbara Kasten's all-analog photography from the 1980's is on display at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Barbara Kasten’s all-analog photography from the 1980’s is on display at the Graham Foundation in Chicago. (Courtesy Graham Foundation)

Thursday night, Barbara Kasten’s first major retrospective opened at the Graham Foundation as an offsite event of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Set in the Madlener house, a turn-of-the century Prairie-Style mansion, the exhibition brings together a roughly chronological overview of the artist’s practice from the 1970s until today. The works on display are of an astonishingly contemporary quality—many of the framed photographs follow the aesthetic paradigms of current net—or Tumblr art featuring primitive geometric shapes of varying surface texture lit in a rich palette of pastel colors forming surreal spatial compositions.

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Matthew Johnson on the Reemergence of Craft in the Digital Age

SGH engineered a timber-mullion curtain wall with novel timber moment connection for a cantilevered canopy at Cooper Gallery, with Marc Truant & Associates and David Adjaye Associates. (Courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger)

SGH engineered a timber-mullion curtain wall with novel timber moment connection for a cantilevered canopy at Cooper Gallery, with Marc Truant & Associates and David Adjaye Associates. (Courtesy Simpson Gumpertz & Heger)

For much of its early history, architecture was more than a pragmatic response to the problem of shelter. It was infused by craft. “Craft has existed in all kinds of industry, especially architecture, for a long time,” said Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) principal Matthew Johnson. “But I feel it it lost its way in the twentieth century as we chased efficiency over quality.”

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Theaster Gates opens Stony Island Arts Bank at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, Preservation
Monday, October 5, 2015
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The main floor of the Stony Island Arts Bank will be used for exhibitions (Steve Hall)

The main floor of the Stony Island Arts Bank will be used for exhibitions, like the current show by Carlos Bunga  (Steve Hall)

If you’re in town for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, be sure to visit the newly-opened Stony Island Arts Bank, a formerly derelict 1923 bank structure on Chicago’s South Side that has been transformed into a spectacular center for exhibitions, artist residencies, and the preservation of archival collections of black culture. The building’s rebirth was made possible by artist Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation, which has renovated three other buildings in the area as part of its program of “culturally driven redevelopment.”

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Here’s what AN’s editors say on day two of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Midwest, On View
Saturday, October 3, 2015
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Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank (Matt Shaw/AN)

Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank (Matt Shaw/AN)

Day two at the Chicago Architecture Biennial continued to deliver with a mix of the best international talent and local practitioners who are rethinking the way we build our cities. We were on the ground battling the wind in the crisp Chicago fall. Here are some of our favorite things we found.

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Performances rule the day at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

We Know How to Order by Bryony Roberts and the South Shore Drill Team (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

We Know How to Order by Bryony Roberts and the South Shore Drill Team (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

Performance has been the breakout surprise of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. While many of the works inside the Chicago Cultural Center grapple with issues of urbanism, politics, and the resonances of Modernism (especially Mies’ oversized presence in the city) in contemporary culture, the three performances included in the opening weekend program address and embody what is at stake. Read More

House Housing: An untimely history of architecture and real estate in 23 episodes

House Housing at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Srdjan Jovanivich Weiss)

House Housing at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Reinhold Martin)

After a marathon session of presentations of all architects/artists in the biennial Thursday afternoon was marked by a preview of the complex, yet succinct exhibit House Housing capturing the history of inequality of designed inhabitation. Staged as an open house in one of last remaining buildings of one of the first federally-funded housing complex in Chicago, the exhibition is a walk-through into the part of the future home of the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM).

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At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, 99 architects answer, “What’s Urgent?”

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

The day started with a marathon session involving all participants in the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Hans-Ulrich Obrist, celebrated curator at the Serpentine gallery in London, together with Sarah Herda, director of the Graham Foundation, and architect Joseph Grima, both Chicago Biennial directors, asked 99 architects one simple question: What is urgent? Every participant had 15 seconds to speak, followed by impromptu questions by the curators. The responses were billed as “Telegrams to the World.”

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Rapid Response: Jeanne Gang reimagines the police station in Chicago

Architecture, Midwest, On View, Urbanism
Friday, October 2, 2015
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Studio Gang's Polis Project tracks a history of police stations (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

Studio Gang’s Polis Project tracks a history of American police stations (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

“We were outraged by what we saw—by the violence in everyday life,” said Jeanne Gang when asked about the impetuous behind her firm’s project Polis Project, a proposed reinvention of the typical police station on view at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The work, like any number of projects in the exhibition, highlights the what curator Joseph Grima calls “architectural agency,” where firms take on projects not for a client, but out of a sense of urgency to architecturally address important issues. Read More

Bold new visions for the future city take shape at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Filter Island by URBANLAB. (Matt Shaw/AN)

Filter Island by URBANLAB. (Matt Shaw/AN)

The international architecture cognoscenti have descended on the Chicago Cultural Center with a motherlode of new content from Thailand to Ecuador, ranging from robotically-assembled structures to investigations into social and infrastructural inequality. The consequences of this assemblage will unfold over the next few months, but one room in the Cultural Center is particularly clear in its ambition and vision for the future.

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First Look> Inside the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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The Chicago Cultural Center (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

The Chicago Cultural Center with The Cent Pavilion by Pezo von Ellrichshausen and IIT.(Mimi Zeiger/AN)

AN got a firsthand look at some of the projects inside the Chicago Cultural Center, many of which are juxtaposed across media, scale, and intellectual territory.

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