On View> Chatter: Architecture Talks Back at the Art Institute of Chicago

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

(Courtesy John Szot Studio)

Chatter: Architecture Talks Back
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through July 12

The age of texting and tweeting has given more and more people a platform from which to opine, snipe, and complain about, well, everything—including architecture and development projects. Such is the backdrop for Chatter: Architecture Talks Back, an exhibition on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through Sunday, July 12.

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This map sheds light on Chicago’s $1.7 billion in tax-increment financing projects

A screen shot of Chicago Cityscape's interactive TIF map. (Courtesy ChicagoCityscape.com)

A screen shot of Chicago Cityscape’s interactive TIF map. (Courtesy ChicagoCityscape.com)

The open-data site Chicago Cityscape has mapped hundreds of construction projects receiving public support through the city’s increasingly controversial tax-increment financing (TIF) system.

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Eavesdrop> No resurrection for this near-north-side Chicago church

St. Dominic’s Church in Chicago. (Courtesy Google)

St. Dominic’s Church in Chicago. (Courtesy Google)

The area around Chicago’s former Cabrini-Green public housing project has been a contentious site for a long time, basically in flux since the city first started demolishing it in 1995. Despite Chicago Housing Authority moving decidedly without alacrity to redevelop much of the site, the neighborhood is changing. The latest cue? Developers plan to demolish the long-vacant St. Dominic’s Church on the corner of Locust and Sedgwick.

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Read all about it: Obama Presidential Library reportedly headed for 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)

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)

The Associated Press has reported that Barack Obama‘s presidential library will be in his adopted hometown of Chicago. After months of speculation that the 44th President of the United States might site his legacy project in New York City—where he attended Columbia University—or his birth city of Honolulu, Hawaii, multiple unnamed sources cited by the AP and other publications say Obama and his nonprofit foundation have settled on Chicago, where he forged his political career.

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Here are the 60 designers exhibiting at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago, photographed by Iwan Baan for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Chicago, photographed by Iwan Baan for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

More than 60 design firms across four continents will contribute to a new festival of design that aims to become the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, co-artistic directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda announced Tuesday.

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On view> Architecture talks back at the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibit, “Chatter”

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Monday, April 13, 2015
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A printed-out Twitter feed on display in the Art institute of Chicago. (Kristen Moreau)

A printed-out Twitter feed on display in the Art institute of Chicago. (Kristen Moreau)

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.

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MCA Chicago unveils new logo, plans for image overhaul with help from Johnston Marklee

Architecture, Art, Midwest
Friday, February 20, 2015
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MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough)

MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough)

Change is underway at Chicago‘s Museum of Contemporary Art. At a press conference Friday MCA officials revealed that the institution is working on a new image, new programming and even a new master plan for the museum’s space led by Los Angeles–based design firm Johnston Marklee.

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Iowa City picks Cecil Balmond for downtown art project

Art, City Terrain, Midwest, News, Urbanism
Thursday, February 12, 2015
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(Iowa City)

(Genus Landscape Architects / Iowa City)

Iowa City this week picked engineer-turned-artist Cecil Balmond to anchor an overhaul of the city’s downtown pedestrian plaza. His sculpture will be the focal point of Iowa City’s Black Hawk Mini Park Art Project, the first phase of an $11 million streetscape redevelopment project that officials hope to start next year. Read More

Obama to declare Chicago’s Pullman a national monument

Architecture, Midwest, News, Preservation
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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THE 12000 BLOCK OF SOUTH CHAMPLAIN AVENUE AND THE 11200 BLOCK OF SOUTH FORESTVILLE AVENUE FEATURE SOME OF PULLMAN'S HISTORIC HOMES AND HOTELS. (HPF / ROBERT SHYMANSKI)

(HPF / ROBERT SHYMANSKI)

Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood will become a national monument, perhaps putting it into the National Park Service’s portfolio—the first Chicago property to receive such a designation.

President Barack Obama is expected to name the Far South Side area a national monument during a visit to his adopted hometown next week, invoking his presidential authority under the Antiquities Act for the 14th time.

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Video> Is open over? Talking office space design with Gensler, 1871, more

Architecture, Interiors, Midwest, News
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Open offices, like the Toronto office of Bruce Mau Design, have come under fire in several recent studies. (Courtesy SparkCBC via Flickr)

Open offices, like the Toronto office of Bruce Mau Design, have come under fire in recent years. (Courtesy SparkCBC via Flickr)

Open offices have gone from unavoidable interior design trend to the target of some serious backlash. I moderated a panel last week for DisruptCRE‘s annual conference that tried to suss out what’s driving office space design and culture today.

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