First Look> Inside the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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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Eavesdrop> Rahm Emanuel, Archi-critic

Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
333 Wacker Drive facing east toward Wolf Point.

333 Wacker Drive facing east toward Wolf Point. (Photo Credit: VXLA via Flickr)

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel rattled off a few of his favorite buildings in the fair city of Chicago. Rahmbo steered clear of the supertalls—no Sears, Hancock, or Trump—and he’s apparently a thoroughly modern guy, skipping the old Water Tower, the Board of Trade or any classical designs.

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Architect John Ronan talks opportunities, challenges in dynamic facade design

John Ronan Architects' Urban Filter Office Building, Geneva, Switzerland. (Courtesy John Ronan Architects)

John Ronan Architects’ Urban Filter Office Building, Geneva, Switzerland. (Courtesy John Ronan Architects)

In recent years, building envelope assemblies have become increasingly sophisticated, separating the skin from its traditional, structural function and thus making way for formal experimentation.

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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, 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
"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
(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.

Chris Wilkinson reflects on cutting-edge facade technologies

Detail, WilkinsonEyre's Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Courtesy WilkinsonEyre)

Detail, WilkinsonEyre’s Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. (Courtesy WilkinsonEyre)

Ask London-based WilkinsonEyre Director Chris Wilkinson to describe some of the interesting facades he has worked on recently, and you will hear him rattle off a dizzying array of materials, from glass to stone, concrete, brick, and timber.

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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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New Detroit urban arts venue Wasserman Projects set to open September 25

Midwest, Newsletter, Region
Monday, September 21, 2015
Designer Nick Gelpi's collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink

Designer Nick Gelpi’s collaboration with painter Markus Linnenbrink. (Courtesy Gelpi Projects)

“Detroit is not having a renaissance,” philanthropist Gary Wasserman proclaimed in the Bushwick, Brooklyn studio space of painter Markus Linnenbruck, “It is an entirely new expression of urbanism.” With the sun pouring in through large, iron-frame windows, he introduced the concept for his new Detroit arts venue. Cities, he says, are “the 21st century frontier,” not the West or Space.

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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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