Developers, builders sue city of Chicago over new affordable housing fees

Development, Midwest, News
Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Marshall Field Garden Apartments, a major affordable housing rehab project currently underway in Chicago. (Related Midwest)

A rendering of Marshall Field Garden Apartments, a major affordable housing rehab project currently underway in Chicago. (Related Midwest)

Home builders and developers in Chicago have sued the city to block a tightening of its affordable housing laws, which were recently revamped to encourage more private development of units accessible to low-income residents. Read More

In Indianapolis, turning a new leaf for lending libraries

Art, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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The Monument Circle station of Indianapolis' new literacy and public art installation, "The Public Collection." (Indianapolis Public Library)

The Monument Circle station of Indianapolis’ new literacy and public art installation, “The Public Collection.” (Indianapolis Public Library)

Usually the purview of quirky street side kiosks and grassroots neighborhood organizations, book sharing stations have sprouted across Indianapolis with a major assist from the local public library system.

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HOK and 360 Architecture unveil new renderings of a revamped stadium for the St. Louis Rams

Proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams. (Courtesy HOK)

Proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams. (Courtesy HOK)

HOK last week released new renderings of a speculative stadium on the banks of the Mississippi River—the latest in the saga of the NFL’s Rams franchise as it mulls leaving St. Louis for its original home, Los Angeles.

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Exclusive Video> Paddle along with Jeanne Gang as she kayaks the Chicago River

Paddling along the North Branch. (The Architect's Newspaper)

Paddling along the North Branch. (The Architect’s Newspaper)

If you start at Studio Gang’s acclaimed Aqua Tower and follow the Chicago River about six miles north you will find yourself at another eye-catching building by the increasingly in-demand firm. The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, completed in 2013, sits along the very polluted north branch of the river and has a dramatic profile inspired by the rhythm of rowers’ oars. (The building is named for the gaming technology company that contributed to the project and has offices directly across the river.)

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Quicken’s Dan Gilbert snaps up Detroit’s landmark Book Tower

Detroit's Book Tower and Book Building were recently purchased by Dan Gilbert. (Wayne Hsieh)

Detroit’s Book Tower and Book Building were recently purchased by Dan Gilbert. (Wayne Hsieh / Flickr)

Dan Gilbert, billionaire founder of Quicken Loans and champion of downtown Detroit commercial real estate, last week announced he will buy the long-vacant 38-story Book Tower skyscraper and two other adjacent buildings on Washington Boulevard.

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Pittsburgh in the making: Carnegie Museum of Art examines the building blocks of a progressive city

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951 (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

Newman-Schmidt Studios: Workmen installing the first aluminum panel, 1951. (Courtesy Director’s Discretionary Fund)

In the 1950s, Pittsburgh was the American poster child for a progressive city. Forward-thinking gentrification projects such as the Gateway Center, a five-building office complex, and Allegheny Center, the former hub of downtown Allegheny City, were part of a transformative frenzy of high-rise constructions during the postwar period.

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Chicago recycled an old rapid-transit station and sold its pieces at public auction

Architecture, Midwest, News, Preservation
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Pieces of the old Madison-Wabash CTA El Station were auctioned off last week. (Rebuilding Exchange)

Pieces of the old Madison-Wabash CTA El Station were auctioned off last week. (Rebuilding Exchange)

More than 800 people flocked to Chicago‘s premier recycled building materials clearing house, the Rebuilding Exchange, last week in search of a piece of Chicago history. The nonprofit was auctioning off chunks of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Madison-Wabash CTA El Station, which will be replaced next year. Read More

On View> Psychadelic Farnsworth House installation gets a second life at a Chicago art gallery

(Kate Joyce)

(Kate Joyce)

Last year artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero led a collaborative effort to take over Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House with kaleidoscopic light and video loops. That project, INsite, followed similar work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House, and imbued Mies’ modernist touchstone with a vivacity often lacking in the contemporary experience of midcentury interiors. (Read AN‘s review of Luftwerk’s INsite installation here.)

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On View> “Some Views of Triumphal Arches” by James Michael Tate

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Friday, August 28, 2015
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(Courtesy University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)

Los Angeles–based architect James Michael Tate will offer a “speculative investigation” of one of architecture’s most enduring forms at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, titled Some Views of Triumphal Arches.

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Iker Gil to curate speculative Chicago projects for city’s inaugural architecture biennial

Architecture, Art, Design, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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Filter Island" by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in "BOLD" at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

Filter Island” by UrbanLab, one of the speculative proposals on display in “BOLD” at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. (UrbanLab)

As the Chicago Architecture Biennial‘s October opening approaches, its organizers are beginning to release details about its forthcoming exhibitions. The latest hint is an ad for BOLD, a show of “speculative proposals that re-imagine the design potential” of Chicago’s waterways, roadways, vacant lots and public space. Read More

VOA to design artist housing for Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood

Artspace is planning artist housing at 111th Street and Langley Avenue in Chicago's Pullman neighborhood. (VOA Associates)

Artspace is planning artist housing at 111th Street and Langley Avenue in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. (VOA Associates)

Chicago‘s VOA Associates will design artist housing and community studio space in the Pullman, community group Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives announced last week, signaling another step in the resurgent neighborhood on the city’s far South Side. Read More

Obama foundation gears up to issue open call for architects for Chicago’s presidential library

Architecture, Midwest, News
Friday, August 21, 2015
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A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

In May Barack and Michelle Obama ended months—perhaps years—of speculation over where the 44th President would site his presidential library, choosing the University of Chicago as the host of the hotly anticipated legacy project.

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