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

Architecture, Midwest, News, Other
Monday, November 23, 2015
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
(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
"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
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
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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Breaking> Federal Court Pumps Brakes on Lucas Museum

The plan calls for a mix of greenery and hardscape to complement a stoic facade originally slated to be masonry.

The embattled Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts planned for the Chicago Lakefront will now have to wait at least until February to know its fate.

Just two weeks after the city of Chicago gave the go ahead for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to procure a 99 year lease on the Chicago Lakefront from the Chicago Park District, a federal court has indicated that it will not give a decision until February regarding a case brought by Friends of the Parks against the City.

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Public realm champion Carol Ross Barney wins AIA Illinois Gold Medal

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, Urbanism
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The facade of the infrastructural building plays with light shadow and color. Feinknopf Photo

The facade of the OSU Campus Central Chiller by Ross Barney Architects plays with light shadow and color. Photo Credit – Feinknopf Photo

The seventh AIA Illinois Gold Medal has been presented to Carol Ross Barney of Ross Barney Architects. Barney’s career spans 40 years of practice in Chicago, in which her firm has taken on civic, social, and cultural projects across the country. 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]

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.

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

Architecture, Art, Midwest, News, On View
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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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Design with Company’s pavilion for Airbnb to activate a vacant lot at Design Miami/

Architecture, East, Midwest, News
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Roman arch welcomes visitors into Airbnb’s Design With Company designed belong. here. now. at Design Miami/. (Courtesy Design With Company)

The Chicago based Design With Company have been commissioned by Airbnb to design an installation for Design Miami/. Conceived as a large space of familiar building fragments, the so-called belong. here. now. will be an interactive space to be programmed throughout the week-long festival, with performances, events, and exhibitions.

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Perkins+Will’s Bryan Schabel on updating historic campus architecture

The University of Chicago. (Luiz Gadelha, Jr. / Flickr)

The University of Chicago. (Luiz Gadelha, Jr. / Flickr)

Among the Windy City’s most well-known assets are its universities, from DePaul in Lincoln Park and the Loop to the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Many of these campuses, in turn, are characterized by heavy brick and stone architecture in the Neo-Gothic style. The dominance of a single architectural style—a feature of many institutions of higher learning, not just Chicago‘s—presents a challenge to contemporary architects, who must combine a sensitivity to the existing campus fabric with the imperatives of contemporary college life.

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