Chatter: Architecture Talks Back opened at the Art Institute of Chicago on Saturday with a buzzing roundtable “salon” between experimental architects and progressive design scholars. Packed to standing-room-only, the dialogue asked how new modes of communication are reshaping architecture’s heritage of representation.
SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS STRIVES FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Monday, February 16, 2015
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This April, the Society of Architectural Historians will hold its 68th Annual International Conference in Chicago. Leading scholars from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment. But the conference goes beyond an examination of the past by providing a forum for present-day discussions and firsthand experiences of the built environment. SAH aims to engage two important audiences—conference attendees and the local community—with public programs that include the SAH Chicago Seminar and guided architectural tours.
The SAH Chicago Seminar, “Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago’s Built Environment,” features local architects, architectural historians, and policy makers addressing issues surrounding the transformations of Chicago’s waterways and its neighborhoods. The half-day program is anchored by a keynote address by Harvard University landscape architecture professor Charles Waldheim.
More than 30 tours of the region’s architecture and landscapes will be led by an impressive group of Chicago-based architects, architectural historians, preservationists and nonprofit leaders. Chicago’s Pilsen, Uptown, Pullman and Chinatown neighborhoods will be featured, along with structures designed by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Netsch, Studio Gang and JGMA, among others.
Tickets are on sale now at sah.org/2015.
The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980
Art Institute Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through January 11th
With its new exhibition, The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980, the Art Institute Chicago explores how the country’s three largest cities transformed in the latter half of the 20th Century. Through photographs and films from the era, this exhibit illuminates significant urban changes through intimate, street-level portraits and studies of city life.
The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a second batch of cities in its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The foundation launched the challenge last year as a way to support resiliency measures in cities around the world. This includes support to hire a Chief Resiliency Officer. One year after the first 32 cities were selected, another 35 have been added to the list, including six in the United States—Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Tulsa. To see the full list, visit the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge website.
Who’s most irked by the Frank Gehry backlash currently underway in press rooms from Sydney to Spruce Street? Why, Frank Gehry, of course. At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, Gehry replied to one journalist’s implication that Gehry’s architecture was just about spectacle with a spectacle of his own: He gave the journalist the middle finger.
David Bowie Is
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
200 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through January 4, 2015
Whether you have stacked up a library of rare vinyl cuts from his Thin White Duke period, or were unaware he was even still recording, you will find something groovy at David Bowie Is, on view through January 4 at MCA Chicago. David Bowie is a formidable figure in pop music, performance art, and fashion, and the 400 pieces in this exhibit draw from all of Bowie’s famously fluid personae.
Opponents of storing petcoke, a sooty byproduct, on Chicago’s Southeast Side can breathe easier now that Beemsterboer Slag Corp. has announced it’s leaving the city for greener (for now) pastures, following public pressure from the city and angry neighbors. The Koch Brothers typically set (read: buy) trends rather than follow them, so don’t expect their petcoke business KCBX to hoist anchor anytime soon, but enviros can celebrate this development, even if the city’s new regulations give companies a full two years to cover their dusty piles of petcoke.
And then there were four. The committee in charge of picking a site for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum narrowed the playing field to four illustrious institutions of higher learning, with two in Chicago. The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii have until December 11 to submit their bids, just in time to kick back and sip some eggnog while the president gears up for his last two years in office.