Wheeler Kearns’ renovation of a Chicago nonprofit arts center wins 2016 SEED Award

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, News
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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(Courtesy Wheeler Kearns/Photo by Steve Hall with Hedrich Blessing Photography)

Wheeler Kearns designed 2016 winner of the Seed Award for Public Interest Design, Marwen, a non-profit arts center. (Courtesy Wheeler Kearns/Photo by Steve Hall with Hedrich Blessing Photography)

Building on a long relationship, the 2016 SEED Award for Public Interest Design has been awarded to the arts education nonprofit Marwen’s new renovation and expansion, designed by Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects.

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Breaking: World War I Centennial Commission names winner in memorial competition

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Winning entry to World War I memorial design competition, “The Weight of Sacrifice” by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard. (World War I Centennial Commission)

The World War I Centennial Commission in Washington D.C. has announced Chicago–based designer Joe Weishaar and New York–based sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the World War I Memorial Completion.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower falls off top ten list of tallest buildings in world

Chicago in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

The former tallest building in the world, now 11th, the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Monika Thorpe/Flickr)

The Willis Tower (formerly known as, and still referred to by locals as, the Sears Tower) has been bumped from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) top ten tallest buildings in the world list with the completion of the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

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AIA Chicago outlines Pullman’s future as a National Monument

Night view of historic Pullman Sleeping Car Factory by night. Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Proposed night view of historic Pullman sleeping car factory. (Image Courtesy Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

As part of the ongoing preservation efforts surrounding the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Pullman a print and online book has been released reporting the results of a workshop conducted by AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in April 2015. Positioning Pullman gives a history as well as a possible way forward for the once flourishing company neighborhood, which has recently been designated a national monument by President Barack Obama.

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Obama Foundation announces seven offices to submit proposals for presidential library

Architecture, Midwest, News
Monday, December 21, 2015
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Poetry Foundation, Chicago, John Ronan Architects. (Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing)

The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, by perspective presidential library designers John Ronan Architects. (Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing)

The Barack Obama Foundation has announced the seven offices from which it is requesting proposals for the design of the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

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On View> Theaster Gates’ Stony Island Arts Bank showing art and architecture in Chicago

Art, Midwest, On View
Monday, December 14, 2015
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(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

(Courtesy Rebuild Foundation)

Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
Carlos Bunga, Under the Skin, through January 3
Frida Escobedo, Materials Reservoir, through January 3

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a project of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates’ nonprofit Rebuild Foundation. The foundation converted a vacant former savings bank on the South Side into an archive, exhibition space, and community center to encourage artist-led, community-driven revitalization.

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Chris Wilkinson and John Ronan present at Facades+ conference in Chicago

Facades+ News, Midwest
Friday, December 4, 2015
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John Ronan addresses the Chicago Facades+ Conference in his key note address. (Chelsea Ross)

John Ronan addresses the Chicago Facades+ Conference in his key note address. (Chelsea Ross)

One only had to glance out the window to understand why the 18th floor of Mart Plaza hotel was the perfect venue for the Chicago addition of the Facades+ Conferences. With views of 333 W. Wacker, the Willis Tower, and a handful of new towers under construction, the history of the modern facade was on display. The conversation in the symposium would be equally as rich with local and international speakers.

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

Architecture, Midwest, News, Other
Monday, November 23, 2015
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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
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(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
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"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
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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
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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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