Algae Green Loop / Influx Studio

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Every industrial energy system inscribes its technological order into the urban fabric. Therefore, what shall be the shape and the fingerprint of the next zero carbon economy in the big cities? While the world is looking for alternatives to fossil fuels, Algae is an unlimited source of energy, food, and most important, a remarkable natural CO2 absorber. So, which spatial implications shall have Algae’s new technologies, and which potential integrations could be imagined for Algae bioreactors in central urban areas? Influx Studio believes re-use is by far the most sustainable option: that’s why the key issue is how to anticipate Algae’s green future in the core of the major cities, transforming existing buildings, where most people live and where emissions of CO2 are the most important. More images and project description after the break.

Bertrand Goldberg Architecture of Invention Exhibition / John Ronan Architects

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Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, , USA
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Marcin Szef, Tom Lee
Graphic Designer: Studio Blue
General contractor: Art Institute of Chicago
Project Area: 6600 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Uno Charter School Proposal / STL Architects

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The concept for the new UNO Charter School by STL Architects has been conceived as a response to the organization’s bold vision for the Latino community in . Rather than replicate a tired, traditional school archetype solution, the design embraces the challenge of modernity with heroic determination. The heart of the building is an abstract yet powerful multinational expression of the neighborhood cultural identity – an environment to fuel the aspirations of students and community. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Gary Comer Youth Center / John Ronan Architects

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Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, , USA
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Evan Menk, Project Architect; Brian Malady, Project Architect; Yasushi Koakutsu, Oscar Kang, Brad Kelley, Micah Land, Nageshwar Rao
Project Area: 75,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing, Chris Lake

Poetry Foundation / John Ronan Architects

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Architect: John Ronan Architects
Location: 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, ,
Project Team: John Ronan AIA, Lead Designer; Tom Lee, Project Architect; Evan Menk, Senior Technical Coordinator; John Trocke, Marcin Szef, Wonwoo Park
Program Manager: U.S. Equities Realty
Project Area: 26,000 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Update: Navy Pier Competition Shortlist

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Navy Pier officials listed the five design teams selected to compete in the final phase of the Navy Pier competition. Each international design team, consisting of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and many other design professionals, is required to submit design proposals for the Chicago Pierscape and undergo an oral interview with officials. The schematic designs will be exhibited to the public in early February and the winning proposal will be announced later that month.

The five teams selected are lead by AECOM, Aedas Architects, James Corner Field Operations, !melk and the Xavier Vendrell Studio – the only team lead by a Chicagoan. Continue reading after the break for the complete list of the teams.

Video: Waterline Chicago

Recently completed by Spirit of Space, the film above displays the cadence of morning rush hour reflecting the rhythm of the River, but how often do we allow the river to reflect a wandering glance from us? This “glance” aims to bring to light the potential of ’s socially under utilized, aqueous artery.

‘Waterline’, commissioned by Phil Enquist (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) in junction with the eponymous studio at the Harvard GSD for Fall 2011 allows students to explore the realities of three sites along the South branch of the river and think of ways to make it more relevant to the public.

Tonight Jeanne Gang and Henry Henderson in Conversation with Steve Edwards

If you are in the area, Jeanne Gang, 2011 MacArthur Fellow and lead architect of Studio Gang Architect, will be joined by Henry Henderson, Midwest Program Director of The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to discuss the new book, Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways. The book explores the importance of the Chicago River and the possibilities for its 21st century transformation.

The program is moderated by WBEZ’s Steve Edwards and is presented in partnership with NRDC.

The event starts at 6PM (CST) at the Harold Washington Library Center in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium.

Registration is not required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Via Chicago Public Library

Chicago Children’s Museum Out of New Plan for Grant Park

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The glorious feeling of winning an architectural competition may quickly diminish after the realization that the achievement was only the beginning of the battle.

Officials have confirmed that Krueck + Sexton’s winning competition entry for the new home of the Children’s Museum has been removed from the redevelopment plan of the Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Plaza on the northeast corner of Grant Park.

Continue reading for complete coverage.

Explore Chicago’s Best Architecture

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Ever wanted to get a behind the scenes look at some of the most interesting buildings in ? If you are an architecture enthusiast, student, or just curious about what all the hype is about, this weekend is your opportunity to experience the best that has to offer. From October 15-16, 2011, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will be hosting openhousechicago 2011 – which is free and open to the public. The primary themes for OHC are sustainability and community, with an emphasis on how buildings can achieve energy efficiency, and how design brings people and places together in a holistic manner.

Click here for a complete mapping of all the buildings available to explore.

References: www.openhousechicago.org

37signals / Brininstool + Lynch

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Architect: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: Chicago,
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Christopher Barrett 

The 37signals project is a 10,000sf commercial build-out for a software company in Chicago, Illinois.  The build-out was designed by  of Chicago, Illinois and was completed with full occupancy in March 2010.  More images and architect’s description after the break.

10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods

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USA Today has put together a list of city neighborhoods which are satiated with activity, areas which offer a “great slice of urban life.” These districts trend from the urban vicinity to its very core, each in itself exemplifying the revitalization of the American city. The list includes regions which have been influenced by deliberate urban revitalization projects, such as High Line Park in Chelsea; while other neighborhoods have experienced an influx of a younger populace which has contributed to its growth, such as Lawrenceville in Pittsburgh.

See the 10 Up and Coming Urban Neighborhoods after the break.

Pierscape at Navy Pier Competition

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Navy Pier is the most popular attraction in , drawing nearly nine million visitors annually. Navy Pier, Inc., the newly formed not-for-profit entrusted with the redevelopment and operation of the Pier is conducting an international search for a Design Team to reimagine the Pier’s outdoor public spaces, or Pierscape.

This work at Navy Pier provides the opportunity for a Design Team to have a profound impact on one of the most important and visible public places in Chicago. Teams should have representatives from landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, communication and graphic design, lighting design, art curation, engineering, and other relevant disciplines. Navy Pier invites those interested in participating in this international search for a Design Team to respond to our Request for Qualifications and Design Proposals (“RFP”). More competition information after the break.

Mies van der Rohe: 1951-52 McCormick House Documentary

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DeStefano Partners shared with us their new documentary on Mies van der Rohe and his 1951-52 McCormick House in Elmhurst, Illinois by the Elmhurst Art Museum. Please refer to the above video for the complete documentary.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Symposium

The CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) 2011 award winners will be recognized and awards conferred at the CTBUH 10th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner. The event will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at the Hermann Hall Auditorium and S.R. Crown Hall at Institute of Technology. All of the winning projects and finalists will be celebrated at this gala event. Additionally from the four regional best tall building winners, one ‘worldwide’ winner will be chosen and announced to close out the dinner event.

The Ceremony and Dinner will be preceded by a free afternoon Symposium which will feature presentations from all the 2011 winners. Join us to hear from senior representatives of these ground breaking projects, as well as from the two CTBUH Lifetime Achievement award winners who have influenced the tall building profession for decades. More information on the event after the break.

Lincoln Park Residence / SPACE Architecture + Planning

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This house had been sitting on the market for a few years, in short sale. SPACE Architecture + Planning‘s clients, looking for a family home with plenty of room for the kids, fell in love with it and its unusually large yard and lot (for ). This landmark presented several challenges, least of which was the outdated interior and poorly planned living spaces.

Architect: SPACE Architecture + Planning
Location: Chicago, Illinois,
Project Team: Jean Dufresne, Architect of Record; Irene Yuen, Project Architect
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Eric Hausman

Gotham City’s Architecture Portrayed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Director Christopher Nolan is preparing to shoot his third and final Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which promises to bring the of its blockbuster predecessors full circle. The filmmaker will experience new ground with the conclusion to his trilogy by shooting a portion of the film in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Shooting locations for Nolan’s Batman installments are shot all over the world, in places such as, India, Iceland, Romania, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, , and now Pittsburgh. Each location offers unique elements of architecture to create the look and feel of Gotham City and Batman’s world. More information after the break.

Rosa Parks Apartments / Landon Bone Baker Architects

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Rosa Parks Apartments consists of the development of 94 affordable rental apartments in 8 buildings scattered across 21 city lots in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of . In order to achieve an economy of scale and affordability, the buildings vary from 6 to 27 units and are all a variation on a theme of the same modular facade. Only 2 types of windows are used throughout the development, and scattered 1 and 2-story colored bays project from the front and rear of the buildings—adding definition to their facades.

Architect: Landon Bone Baker Architects
Developer/Owner: Joy Aruguete, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lead Architect: Peter Landon
Structural Engineer: Joseph Farruggia, GFGR
General Contractor: Danegza Cordero, Humboldt Construction Company
Concrete Contractor/Producer: Dan Kolb, Prestress Engineering Group
Landscape Architect: Mimi McKay, McKay Landscape Architects
Consultants: John Katrakis, J.T. Katrakis and Associates; Ray Walston, Prism Engineering Inc.
Project Area: 130,350 sqf
Photographs: Andreas Larsson