Natural Resources Defence Council Office / Studio Gang Architects

© Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

Architects: Studio Gang Architects
Location: 20 North Upper Wacker Drive, , IL 60606,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

New Exhibition Calls for a Bold Vision in the “Great Basin”

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (), in partnership with the International Secretariat for Water (ISW) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), presents Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin. The new calls for a 100-year vision to guide planning and development in the binational watershed of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Gulf of St. Lawrence – the Great Basin. Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin is on display in CAF’s Atrium Gallery at 224 South Michigan Avenue until February 2014.

Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin engages the public with the vastness and vulnerability of the earth’s largest surface freshwater resource, which spans from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean. The exhibition depicts the Great Basin as one region defined by the watershed rather than political boundaries and illustrates a vision for the region as an international park that encompasses culturally-rich urban and rural areas. The exhibition also highlights initiatives around the region that Basin cities can learn from to enhance quality of life.

More information after the break.

Northwestern Unveils Potential Replacements for Prentice

Proposal. Image Courtesy of Northwestern University

Northwestern University has unveiled three final proposals that are in the running to replace Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Woman’s Hospital, which is currently being demolished in Chicago after a long, high-profile preservation battleThe shortlisted architects – Goettsch Partners and Ballinger, , and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Payette – have each proposed a two-phased plan for the 600,000 square-foot Biomedical Research Building, which is intended to become a “world-class research and development enterprise” that serves as an “anchor” for the Feinberg School of Medicine’s research facilities.

View the shortlisted proposals after the break…

New Hospital Tower Rush University Medical Center / Perkins + Will

© James Steinkamp Photography

Architects: Perkins + Will
Location: Rush University Medical Center, 1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612,
Area: 830000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: James Steinkamp Photography, Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing

The Absent Column: Examining the Prentice Preservation Battle

In light of the extensive demolition that has already taken place at Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in downtown , we present to you this short film that examines the hospital’s preservation battle and poses the question, “Who determines the future of the past?”

Is The Demolition of Prentice Hospital Another “Penn Station Moment”?

Courtesy of Landmarks Illinois

This article, by Michael R. Allen, was originally published on Next City as “Prentice Hospital Could Become Modernism’s ‘Penn Station Moment’

When the concrete cloverleaf of Prentice Hospital sprouted from the Chicago ground in 1975, its award-winning design met the praise of critics and the admiration of many Chicagoans. Architect Bertrand Goldberg drew from , but with a symmetry and grace that distinguished Prentice from more angular works in that style.

This week, as Goldberg’s famous work is pulled apart by wreckers, nothing about its loss seems symmetrical or graceful. Within 40 years, the building transitioned from a proud symbol of civic renewal and design innovation to the victim of old-fashioned Chicago politics. The controversy surrounding the demolition of Prentice, however, injected the movement into an urban design discussion with a presence not seen in a long time.

McCormick Place Event Center / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli

Architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has been selected to design the new $195 million McCormick Place Event Center in Chicago that will double as home for the DePaul Blue Demons basketball program. With 10,000 seats, the building will also house large business and professional meetings as well as concerts and special .

A Delightfully Candid Interview with Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Winner: Stanley Tigerman

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Stanley Tigerman, an outspoken force on the Chicago architecture scene, was recently bestowed (much to his amazement) ’s highest honour: the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’ve done some damage to them and I’m aware of it. I’ve challenged them…” he explains to Meg Graham of Chicago Grid. “So that they then turn around in a way and turn the other cheek and give me this award does not go unnoticed by me. And I’m thrilled by it.” You can find the full, wonderfully entertaining interview, in which he discusses the award, keeping up in a digital world, and getting older (without becoming “ridiculous”),here

AD Classics: Prentice Women’s Hospital / Bertrand Goldberg

Courtesy of Landmark

Hospital buildings, with their high standards of hygiene and efficiency, are a restrictive brief for architects, who all too often end up designing uninspiring corridors of patient rooms constructed from a limited palette of materials. However, this was not the case in Bertrand Goldberg‘s 1975 Prentice Women’s Hospital. The hospital is the best example of a series of Goldberg-designed medical facilities, which all adhere to a similar form: a tower containing rooms for patient care, placed atop a rectilinear plinth containing the hospital’s other functions.

Read on for more about this masterwork of humanist brutalism

Video: S. R. Crown Hall / Mies van der Rohe

In the year 1940, Armour Institute and Lewis Institute merged in to create the Institute of Technology. The merging of these two schools called for a new master plan for the university, and Mies van der Rohe was commissioned for the job. Mies’ plan for the IIT campus was one of the largest projects he ever conceived and he developed it for twenty years. Today the campus contains 20 of his works, including the famous Crown Hall. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to check our AD Classics on the IIT Master Plan and Buildings.

Environments and Counter Environments. “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA 1972 Exhibition

© Superstudio, Microevent/Microenvironment, 1972. Photograph by Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, courtesy of Emilio Ambasz.

The Graham Foundation recently announced their upcoming Environments and Counter Environments. “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA 1972, which opens to the public on September 18th with a short talk by curators Peter Lang, Luca Molinari, and Mark Wasiuta followed by a reception. This exhibition highlights the lasting significance of MoMA’s groundbreaking 1972 exhibition, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. Presented for the first time in the outside of New York, the Graham Foundation’s iteration of Environments and Counter Environments highlights both the dynamic context of radical Italian design and architecture in the 1970s, as well as the innovative exhibition that first presented this work in America. The exhibition will be on view until December 14th. More information provided by The Graham Foundation after the break.

Video: Spirit of Space Captures the Essence of Chicago’s Public Art

Spirit of Space has shared with us their most recent collaboration with Phil Enquist of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: Art in the City. Pairing powerful quotes with imagery from the Chicago’s most prominent works, the film “expresses the vitality and vibrance that can bring to the urban environment by experientially including the viewer in the making of place.” As describes, “The art is a reflection of the City, the art becomes a part of the City, the art is instrumental in making the City.”

Featured works include Picasso’s sculpture for Daley Plaza, along with Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate and Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

Small Project Awards Exhibit

dSPACE Studio’s “Historic Wicker Park 2-Flat Conversion and Modern Addition”

Currently on display until August 22, AIA Chicago is honoring its Small Project Awards winners at 23 E. Madison in downtown as part of the Loop Alliance’s Pop-Up Art Loop initiative. Designed in collaboration with -based branding firm a5, the exhibit offers yet another opportunity for and its Small Practitioners Group to showcase the smaller-scale innovations that architects work on in their day-to-day practice. The third annual Small Firm/Small Project Award program recognizes high quality work from small Chicago architectural firms and exceptional small local projects. More images information after the break.

Architecture’s Brave New Digital World

John Tolva is working to make a leader in digital urbanism. Image of © Brad Wilke via Flickr

“Increasingly we experience mediated by digital technology — whether that’s via smartphone maps, digital transit signage, or texting a friend that you’ve arrived at a destination. How our city is built to support residents, businesses, and visitors [...] is now part physical and part digital.”

John Tolva, the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, is on a mission: a mission to bring the physical and digital worlds into conversation.

To embed more and more digital information into the physical world, a growing number of digital specialists are beginning to embrace the worlds of architects, planners and urbanists. But, so far, it has not been a two way street to make the digital leap.

Find out why architects should be at the forefront of the digital/spatial overlap, after the break…

City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future

Drawing Detail of “Free Water District” by UrbanLab: Free-Water-District: A shared megastructure-scaled public/private land/water partnership to revitalize the post-industrial landscape of the Great Lakes region.

City Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban Future, an that debuted last year at the 13th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012), has returned to the city of its origin. Currently on display though September 29th at the City of ’ Expo 72 Gallery, the re-envisions a series of typical Chicagoan urban environments in an effort to examine alternative ways in which architecture can engage the city.

Studio Gang to Design New Residence Hall and Dining Commons for UChicago

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

Studio Gang Architects will design a new residence hall and dining commons for the , officials announced today. Expected to open in 2016, the new facility will stand at the corner of 55th Street and University Ave and will act as a gateway connecting the Hyde Park community to the rest of the University.  ’s studio was chosen out of dozens of entries, in a process that called upon the input of faculty, staff, students, as well as community and University stakeholders.

Mies’ IBM Building Gets Lavish Refurbishment

© Jeffery Howe

Mies van der Rohe’s last constructed skyscraper, the IBM building in Chicago, recently underwent a significant transformation: the modernist office building is now a 316-room luxury hotel. An interesting post on the ArchitectureChicago Plus blog weighs in on the building’s history and ponders: will Mies’ minimalist aesthetic be compromised by its new lavish furnishings? Read it all here.

The City of Chicago Gets 3D Printed

Courtesy of The Architecture Foundation

We’ve talked at length about the future potential of 3D Printing for Architecture – from rapidly producing emergency shelters to putting structures on the moon - but The Chicago Architecture Foundation has already found a way to make 3D Printing practical for architects – today. Since 2009, the foundation has been using 3D Printing to make models of all the buildings of the city of Chicago (that’s over 1,000 buildings in a 320 sq ft area). The idea is to let native Chicago-ans and tourists alike get a better sense of the city, seeing the city grid, the relationship of heights between the tall buildings, its patterns of development.”

As 3D Printing technology gets more and more sophisticated, it’s easy to imagine that every architect will soon have a 3D printer that could do the same – allowing him/her to instantly visualize not just his/her design-in-progress, but every surrounding building as well.

Check out some cool of this 3D printed Chicago, after the break…