Columbia’s GSAPP launches alumni incubator for architecture, technology, and planning

East, News, Professional Practice
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Columbia GSAPP)

(Courtesy Columbia GSAPP)

To facilitate exchange and collaboration among its alumni, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) has launched the GSAPP Incubator, a co-working space for the school’s graduates. 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.

Tigerman’s Epiphany: New photomontage update of “Titanic” unveiled at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture, Art, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Stanley Tigerman's follow up to his iconic 1978 "Titanic" image. Courtesy Chicago Architecture Club

Stanley Tigerman’s follow up to his iconic 1978 “Titanic” collage. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Club)

On October 22nd, marking the 130th anniversary of the Chicago Architecture Club and as part of the ongoing Chicago Architecture Foundation‘s Currencies of Architecture exhibition, Stanley Tigerman unveiled a follow up to his 1978 “Titanic” photomontage. Entitled “The Epiphany,” the new image, somewhat ironically, is a protest against what Tigerman sees as a contemporary infatuation with icons.

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Sou Fujimoto’s search for lightness at the Chicago Architectural Biennial

Sou Fujimoto find architecture in everyday objects at the Chicago Architecturee Biennial. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Sou Fujimoto finds architecture in everyday objects at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Bika Rebek/AN)

Just like every other major architectural exhibition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is a massive undertaking filled with large scale models, full size mock- ups and room sized installations. However, the most light-handed approach in the main exhibition can be found sandwiched between two full scale houses. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto placed about 40 different found objects on five-inch-by-five-inch plywood bases.

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Exploring Crown Hall and future of Emerging Voices at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Art Basel in Basel 2015 | DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY | Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija Nikolaus Hirsch Michel Mueller and Antto Melasniemi

Art Basel in Basel 2015 | DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY  (Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija Nikolaus Hirsch Michel Mueller and Antto Melasniemi)

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the role of the horizon in architectural display and setting for events was noticeable—both in the biennial’s discussions held at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago during the opening as well in the main exhibition in the Chicago Cultural Center. Here is what made instant impressions. When the dust settles, various other things will emerge, that I am sure.

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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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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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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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