10th & G Offices - First Congregational United Church Of Christ / Cunningham | Quill Architects

17:00 - 22 October, 2015
© Michael Moran Photography
© Michael Moran Photography

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CLTHouse / atelierjones

12:00 - 22 October, 2015
© Lara Swimmer Photography
© Lara Swimmer Photography

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September ABI Returns to Positive Territory

12:00 - 21 October, 2015
September ABI 2015 . Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com
September ABI 2015 . Image © CalculatedRiskBlog.com

After a slight contraction in August, the September Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has returned to positive territory. As the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports, the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1. The new projects inquiry index was 61.0, down from a reading of 61.8 the previous month.

“Aside from uneven demand for design services in the Northeast, all regions are project sectors are in good shape,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “Areas of concern are shifting to supply issues for the industry, including volatility in building materials costs, a lack of a deep enough talent pool to keep up with demand, as well as a lack of contractors to execute design work.”

A breakdown of regional highlights, after the break. 

Summer Vault / Independent Architecture + Paul Preissner Architects

11:00 - 21 October, 2015

Madison Park Residence / Capsule

17:00 - 19 October, 2015
© Sozinho Imagery
© Sozinho Imagery

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Northwestern Sailing Center / Woodhouse Tinucci Architects

13:00 - 19 October, 2015
© Mike Schwartz Photo
© Mike Schwartz Photo
  • Architects

  • Location

    1823 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
  • Design Team

    David Woodhouse, Andy Tinucci, Ed Blumer, Brian Foote
  • Enspect Engineering

    WMA Consulting Engineers, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, V3 Companies, Construction Cost Systems, Power Construction
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Mike Schwartz Photo © Mike Schwartz Photo © Mike Schwartz Photo © Mike Schwartz Photo +17

2015 Leading Culture Destinations Awards Announced

16:00 - 18 October, 2015
Museum of Modern Art; New York, United States of America. Image Courtesy of The Leading Culture Destinations Awards
Museum of Modern Art; New York, United States of America. Image Courtesy of The Leading Culture Destinations Awards

The winners of the 2015 Leading Culture Destinations Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London. The Awards recognize the success of “museums, art organizations, and cultural destinations from around the world [that] are investing in iconic architecture, cross-sector collaborations, [and] audacious programming […] to diversify the experiences offered to visitors and establish their global reputations.”

This year’s Awards honored the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as the leading cultural destination of the year.

The winners of the 2015 Leading Culture Destinations Awards are:

UNStudio to Lecture at LACMA

07:00 - 18 October, 2015
Arnhem Central Transfer Terminal, ©MOKA / UNStudio
Arnhem Central Transfer Terminal, ©MOKA / UNStudio

In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design, Caroline Bos, co-founder and Principal Urban Planner of UNStudio (www.unstudio.com), will speak about recent architectural, infrastructural and masterplan projects carried out by UNStudio. She will also introduce UNStudio’s Urban Unit and the approach to knowledge sharing recently adopted by the practice to enable the development, application and dissemination of practice related research.

Stanley Tigerman Unveils His 2015 New Titantic

02:30 - 18 October, 2015

Stanley Tigerman will discuss his 2015 New Titanic along with the opening of a special exhibit that includes a selection of past and recent work featuring the 1978 “Titanic” photomontage.

Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument

19:00 - 17 October, 2015
Florian Joye, Wires, 2009
Florian Joye, Wires, 2009

Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually imposed, and they often serve as focal points for aspirational civic and political attributes like valor and sacrifice, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts. Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. The act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of the original qualities and more closely evoking the response that they were originally intended to have. And photographs have an inherent memorial quality. This group exhibition examines the work of international artists, some of whose work addresses actual monuments, some whom look at architecture and its relationship to memory and how its importance and symbolism can shift over time, and others approach the idea of the future monument.

Knight Foundation Offers $5 Million to Realize Ideas to Improve Cities Across the US

16:00 - 17 October, 2015
Courtesy of The Knight Foundation
Courtesy of The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation has announced their second Knight Cities Challenge – a grant with a pool of $5 million to be awarded for city-improving ideas. Applications can be submitted by anyone, professional, student or amateur. Projects must take place in, or benefit one or more of the 26 knight communities across the United States, and focus on one or all of three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talent, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of robust civic engagement.

Subversive Methods Make A Skyscraper in Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah's "Unveiled"

09:30 - 17 October, 2015
Night View. Image Courtesy of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah
Night View. Image Courtesy of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah

In a Los Angeles Times article last December, “The future is in the past: Architecture trends in 2014,” acting critic Christopher Hawthorne sought to make sense of a year that included Koolhaas’s Venice Biennale, Smiljan Radic’s Serpentine Pavilion, and periodicals like Log 31: New Ancients and San Rocco 8: What’s Wrong with the Primitive Hut? Through these examples and others, Hawthorne concluded that it was a year of overdue self-reflection, where in order to determine architecture’s future it was necessary to mine the past.

Building on these precedents, Hawthorne predicted that after years of baroque parametricism, in 2015 architects would use last year’s meditations on history as a practical foundation for new projects and proposals. An example of this can be found in the work of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah, a duo who recently shared the top-five prize for the CAF led ChiDesign Competition (part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial) for their project Unveiled. In a brief that called for “a new center for architecture, design and education,” and with lauded jurors including Stanley Tigerman, David Adjaye, Ned Cramer, Monica Ponce de Leon, and Billie Tsien, Charters and Korah proposed what could casually be summarized as a terracotta framework over a multi-story crystalline form of wooden vaults, but is actually something much more complex.

Lower Half of Vault "Aggregate". Image Courtesy of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah Maglev Elevator Bisecting the Vaults. Image Courtesy of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah Day View. Image Courtesy of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah Chicago City Model with Skyline Visible in the Surroundings. Image Courtesy of Michael Ryan Charters and Ranjit John Korah +8

Panel Discussion: “Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age”

02:30 - 17 October, 2015
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italy, 1720–1778), Paestum, Italy: Interior of the Temple of Neptune from the North-East, 1777. Pencil, brown and grey washes, red chalk, pen and ink. Sir John Soane’s Museum
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italy, 1720–1778), Paestum, Italy: Interior of the Temple of Neptune from the North-East, 1777. Pencil, brown and grey washes, red chalk, pen and ink. Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sergei Tchoban, managing partner of the architectural firm nps tchoban voss with offices in Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg, SPEECH in Moscow and founder of the Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin and Andrew Zago, partner and founder of the firm Zago Architecture in Los Angeles will talk about the architectural hand- and computer generated drawings in architectural practice today. The importance of a drawing as an official language of an architect, as well as collecting and displaying it.

The panel will be moderated by Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at the Cantor.

Danish Modernity: Jacob Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi in 1900

20:00 - 16 October, 2015

Jacob A. Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi were Danes of the same generation who took up the challenge of understanding modernity in radically different ways. Riis left Denmark for America to become the nation's leading advocate for the urban poor. He was a media-savvy journalist who used words and pictures to make a compelling case for reform. Hammershøi, by contrast, was a Copenhagen-based aesthete whose mysterious paintings of bourgeois domestic interiors suggested the psychological experience of modern life. Join two art historians and experts on Riis and Hammershøi, Bonnie Yochelson and Thor Mednick, for an exploration of their work. After their presentations, Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelson will lead a conversation about Riis and Hammershoi's contrasting lives and perspectives.

Installation Two: Volume and Void / Jordana Maisie

15:00 - 16 October, 2015
© Nicholas Calcott
© Nicholas Calcott

© Nicholas Calcott © Nicholas Calcott © Nicholas Calcott © Nicholas Calcott +27

Chu Hall - Solar Energy Research Center / SmithGroupJJR

13:00 - 16 October, 2015
© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte © Bruce Damonte +26

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

07:00 - 16 October, 2015
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation. This month’s session is inspired by Canstruction’s 2015 theme: get inspired by Boston!

Film Screening: Eames: The Architect and the Painter

01:00 - 16 October, 2015
Image: Screenshot from EAMES: The Architect and The Painter
Image: Screenshot from EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

Watch an intimate film celebrating the creative genius of husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames, a couple widely regarded as America’s most influential designers. Best remembered for their Mid-Century Modern furniture, this documentary shows the influence that Charles and Ray had on other significant events and movements in American life, from the development of Modernism to the rise of the computer age.