Pierscape at Navy Pier Competition

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Navy Pier is the most popular attraction in Chicago, 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, USA
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 events 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, , , 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 Chicago. 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, , USA
Lead Architect: Peter Landon
Structural Engineer: Joseph Farruggia, GFGR Inc.
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

Chicago Cutting-edge Architect Douglas Garofalo Passes Away

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The architecture community recently lost Chicago architect Douglas Garofalo, FAIA. Founder of Garofalo Architects, he was a University of Notre Dame graduate and a professor at the University of at Chicago, serving as director (2001-2003) and co-founded the alternative design school Archeworks. Garofalo also was known for pioneering the use of computer technology in building design within the United States. His award-winning Korean Presbyterian Church in New York, a collaborative project with Greg Lynn and Michael McInturf, received international attention with its digital media approach and alternative solution to adaptive reuse.

Garofalo has received recent professional honors including a Chicago AIA Distinguished Building Award, Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design (for Hyde Park Arts Center), the united States Artist Fellowship, and he was named a University Scholar for 2009-2012 by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bob Somol, “In addition to his professional accomplishments and teaching excellence, Garofalo is tireless in his service to the University and larger architectural community. Along with his increasing national and international acclaim, Garofalo continues to be one of the most generous and dedicated members of the University and School community.”

Executive Director of AIA Chicago Zurich Esposito shared, “Doug was a shooting star and always ahead of most. We are only just now starting to understand everything he was moving forward in design. His recent absence from the practice was palpable. His death is a huge loss for our community.”

Prentice Women’s Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg Listed as Illinois’ Ten Most Endangered Buildings

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This concrete, clover leaf-shaped structure, which was built in 1975, will likely suffer a fate common to many vacant and disused buildings. After approximately four years of vacancy, this -designed building will likely be demolished when ownership will revert to Northwestern University this year. Although Goldberg’s organic architectural designs – such as this one – were widely influential, none of his major Chicago works are protected by local landmark designation. Prentice Women’s Hospital was considered groundbreaking for its cutting-edge architecture, advanced engineering, and its progressive design approach to organizing medical departments and services. It received international press coverage and an award from Engineering News Record for its innovative tower and open floor-plate layout that eliminated the need for structural support columns. “You will not find the structural solution to Prentice, which is an exterior shell cantilevered off a core, anywhere else in the world” notes Geoffrey Goldberg, an architect and ’s son. “Prentice was the only one in which this was achieved.”

300 North LaSalle / Pickard Chilton

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Architects: Pickard Chilton
Location: , USA
Civil engineer: Epstein
Developer: Hines
Acoustics: Cerami & Associates
Lightning: Quentin Thomas Associates, Inc.
Landscaping: Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Structural engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Alan Karchmer, Peter Aaron, Pickard Chilton

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA lecture at The Art Institute of Chicago

Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa founded their Tokyo-based architecture firm SANAA in 1995. The firm is known for an innovative collaborative design process that results in such groundbreaking buildings as the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion in Toldeo, Ohio; the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the Serpentine Pavilion in London; and the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland. In 2010, was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize for work that the jury described as “simultaneously delicate and powerful, precise and fluid, ingenious but not overly or overtly clever.”

The lecture will take place at the Art Institute of Chicago on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Their talk, organized by the museum’s Architecture & Design Society, will be given in the museum’s Rubloff Auditorium. The cost is $15 for the general public, $10 for society members, and $5 for students with a valid ID. For more information, please click here.

Joe and Rika Mansueto Library / Murphy/Jahn

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The site in the center of the University of Campus is surrounded by a variety of different buildings. With a mixture of styles, ranging from the quadrangle to the south, the Limestone Brutalism of Netsch’s Regenstein Library to the east, the Henry Moore monument and Legorreta’s colorful Student Housing to the north and a building to the west, which will be replaced by a new Science Building. There is not much to relate to.

Architect: Murphy Jahn
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lead Designer: Helmut Jahn
Project Area: 58,700 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy Jahn

Second Second City / Design With Company

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The Urbana Illinois (140 miles South of Chicago) situated design team, Design With Company, has partnered with Min Chen to develop their latest project, Second Second City, which they have shared with us here at ArchDaily. Additional images of their vision for Chicago’s McCormick Place East and a narrative from the architects can be seen after the break.

Architecture & Design Film Festival 2011 in Chicago

What better city to host the next Architecture & Design Film Festival than ? A mecca for architecture in the US, ’s festival will take place over five event filled days.

The largest US celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design will feature a dynamic selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Plus, there will be lively discussions with filmmakers, architects and designers about the design process, architecture in film, and the brilliant designs we see and use every day.

This year’s spring festival will be held at The Gene Siskel Film Center. The lounge adjacent to the theater will be “festival central”- a place to relax, discuss, imbibe and meet with friends and colleagues. A number of films will also be shown at the SCREEN@theWit: a small, deluxe theater at theWit Hotel and just a short walk from the Film Center.

For more information, complete schedule and tickets, visit the festival’s official website.

Locomobile Lofts / Studio IDE

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Architects: Studio IDE
Location: Chicago, , USA
Design Team: Paul Tebben, Vladimir Radutny, Joe Signorelli, Gabriele Muracchioli
Project area: 1,700 sqf
Project year: 2011
Photographs: Renae Lillie, Courtesy of STUDIO IDE

Network Reset: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace Competition Winners

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Network Reset: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace is an international competition organized by MAS Studio & that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of and rethink its potential role in the city.

Read on for winners and more on the competition.

String Theory / Department of Unusual Certainties

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Department of Unusual Certainties [DoUC] recently completed a submission to the Network Reset, Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace, competition hosted by Mas Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club. Participants were asked to look at the urban scale and propose a framework for the entire boulevard system as well as provide answers and visualize the interventions at a smaller scale that can directly impact its potential users. Through images, diagrams and drawings the work should express what are the soft or hard, big or small, temporary or permanent interventions that can reactivate and reset the Boulevard System of . DoUC’s proposal focused on filling Chicago’s Emerald Necklace with a framework of posts, beams, ropes and counterweights  - to produce a pick-and-choose- method of program management. Images of their entry and a description can be seen after the jump.

Exhibition: Easton + Combs present CHANGING ROOM

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CHANGING ROOM, by Easton + Combs, is a mirage of the intimate in the realm of the public. As the daydream is to daily life, a momentary slippage that can re-qualify the onslaught of a quotidian continuum, so too is the CHANGING ROOM to the urban field.

CHANGING ROOM redefines boundaries and expected conditions of intimacy while transforming into a subtle spectacle of the expectations and boundaries of intimate experience in the public realm. Expressed as a structural and material veil and suspended from above, the lightweight structural skin dilates along the bottom edge creating oblique visual corridors to the interior as well as passages for the body to move through. The skin culminates in an undulating skirt edge suspended above the surface of the gallery floor. Like a closet of two way mirrors, the limit and perception of the interior belies the condition of transparency and spectacle from the exterior.

Situated in the context of the gallery, this installation proposes it’s oscillating redefinitions of the intimate and the public as an experimental architectural expression. The psychological conditions associated with transparency, reflectivity, illumination and lightness intersect with their material expression in a lightweight semitransparent dichroic polycarbonate surface. This surface is the temporary veil that creates the ambient conditions of CHANGING ROOM. At the same time the surface is organized by the textile and tectonic logic of a herringbone weave to perform as a structural skin shell and create faceted surface conditions that allow for maximum visual dichroic and transparent effects.

The exhibition starts April 8, and you can find more information here.

AD Classics: IBM Building / Mies van der Rohe

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Completed four years after architect ‘s passing, the became one of the cities most prestigious addresses. A pure symbol of the architecture of the time, the almost 700 foot tall rectangle sits on a raised plinth that helps it to maintain a uniform height given the unevenness of the site; State Street to the structure’s west inclines steeply.

More on the IBM Building, also known as 330 North Wabash, after the break.