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
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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 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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Design with Company’s pavilion for Airbnb to activate a vacant lot at Design Miami/

Architecture, East, Midwest, News
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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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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Eavesdrop> Chicago’s Crater: Is Bjarke Ingels working on a scheme at the Chicago Spire site?

Development, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Photo by Claire Iltis / Flickr; Montage by AN)

(Photo by Claire Iltis / Flickr; Montage by AN)

Since 2008, there has been a giant hole where Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire was supposed to rise some 2,000 feet out of the ground. The project lapsed due to financial woes by Irish developer Garrett Kelleher. The foundation is in place, and it looks like a place where a giant swimming pool or music venue would fit nicely, but AN is hearing that developers are working with Bjarke Ingels’ Danish firm BIG on a possible Spire part to.

Letter> State of what art? Patrik Schumacher rails against the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Amanda Williams’ Color(ed) Theory. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

Amanda Williams’ Color(ed) Theory. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

[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 State of the Art of Architecture, delivered by the Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition, must leave lay-visitors bewildered by one overwhelming subliminal message: Contemporary architecture has ceased to exist, the discipline’s guilt and bad conscience has sapped its vitality, driven it to self-annihilation, and architects have now en masse dedicated themselves to doing good via basic social work.

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Facades+ Chicago workshops offer hands-on exposure to cutting-edge concepts and techniques

Facades+ comes to the Windy City November 5-6. (Roman Boed / Flickr)

Facades+ comes to the Windy City November 5-6. (Roman Boed / Flickr)

Among the many continuing education opportunities available to members of the AEC industry, the Facades+ conference series stands out for a number of reasons.

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Postmodern Purgatory: Illinois Governor announces plan to sell Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR RAUNER ANNOUNCES STATE’S PLAN TO SELL CHICAGO’S POSTMODERN ICON. (Photo by Rainer Viertlboeck)

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR RAUNER ANNOUNCES STATE’S PLAN TO SELL CHICAGO’S POSTMODERN ICON. (Photo by Rainer Viertlboeck)

Hot on the heels of round table discussions of the preservation of Postmodern monuments at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. One of Chicago’s most iconic and controversial Postmodern landmarks finds itself on unsure footing. The James R. Thompson Center, designed by Helmut Jahn and constructed in 1985, was the site of a press conference held by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to announce the proposed sale of the building.

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SOM’s Neil Katz on parametric modeling in facade design

Parametric model of structural system for a very early version of Tower One of the World Trade Center project, New York. (Courtesy Neil Katz)

Parametric model of structural system for a very early version of Tower One of the World Trade Center project, New York. (Courtesy Neil Katz)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) associate Neil Katz describes his approach to crafting facades as involving a “computational design” methodology.

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