String Theory / Department of Unusual Certainties

12:00 - 25 March, 2011
Courtesy Department of Unusual Certainties
Courtesy Department of Unusual Certainties

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 Chicago. 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.

Structures for Inclusion Conference

17:30 - 25 February, 2011

Sponsored by Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) and Design Corps in support with Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Enterprise Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the eleventh annual “Structures for Inclusion (SFI 10 + 1)” conference will be held in Chicago on the 25th – 27th of March 2011.

“SFI 10 + 1″ will unite activists, designers, funders and policy makers as change agents to address the most pressing design challenges of the world today, challenging participants to integrate positive change design in their own practices. Going above and beyond the green design movement the “SFI 10 + 1″ will confront design processes to consider the broader social and economic well-being of communities and cities.

Opening the conference on March 25th will be keynote speaker Patrick Tighe of Tighe Architects.  The conferences keynotes, panels, and workshops will also include the participation of  Tom Fischer Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, Andrew Freear Director of Rural Studio, and Sergio Palleroni of BaSiC Initiative, Trung Le of CANNON Design, Christine Gaspar of Center for Urban Pedagogy, Quilian Riano of DSGN AGNC, and Michael Zaretsky Co-author of New Directions in Sustainable Design.

The SEED Design Awards, an international competition highlighting Public Interest Design, will be integrated in the “SFI 10 + 1″ as the winning recipients, featured after the break, will partake as key proponents in the conference experience.

More information about the “SFI 10 + 1″ conference can be found at their official website.

UNO School / STL

12:00 - 22 February, 2011
Courtesy STL
Courtesy STL

STL Architects, which has previously shared with us their UNO Master Plan for the Gage Park community of Chicago, has now submitted a modular school for the same client. Images and a description of the newly designed UNO School after the jump.

Chicago Children’s Museum / Krueck & Sexton Architects

20:00 - 18 February, 2011
exterior plaza
exterior plaza

Chicago Children’s Museum’s mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. The museum’s primary audiences are children up through fifth grade including their families, along with school and community groups that support and influence children’s growth and development. In its current location at Navy Pier, the Museum lacks meaningful connections to the outdoors and is challenged with the heavyly commercial environment of what has become Illinois’ most popular tourist attraction.

Follow the break for more drawings of this projected Leed Gold project.

Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA MEP Engineers: Environmental Systems Design Environmetal Design Consultants: Atelier Ten Structural Engineers: Thornton Tomasetti Renderings: Courtesy of Krueck & Sexton Architects

Street Furniture Competition 2011

17:00 - 12 February, 2011
Courtesy Architecture for Humanity Chicago
Courtesy Architecture for Humanity Chicago

Following the success of last year’s competition, Architecture for Humanity Chicago, in collaboration with Archeworks, is proud to announce the Street Furniture Competition 2011. Read over the full competition brief after the break.

The Crown Fountain / Krueck & Sexton Architects

08:30 - 4 February, 2011
© Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

The Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is a gift to the people of Chicago by the Crown family. Located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, this interactive piece is a poetic meditation on the elemental and sensual qualities of water and light. The world renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was commissioned to create the work.

Courtesy of Krueck + Sexton Architects © William Zbaren © Hedrich Blessing Courtesy of Millennium Park +14

Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects Location: Millennium Park Chicago, Illinois, USA Owner’s Representative: U.S. Equities Development MEP Engineers: Environmental Systems Design Structural Engineers: Halvorson + Kaye Water Feature Consultants: Crystal Fountains Video Art: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Photographs: Cesar Russ, William Zbaren, Hedrich Blessing, Courtesy of Krueck + Sexton Architects, Courtesy of Millennium Park

Architecture City Guide: Chicago

10:17 - 26 January, 2011

We are headed to the windy city of Chicago for this weeks Architecture City Guide series.  Jam packed with architecture from Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, here are our 12 recommendations if you are visiting Chicago.  Head to the comment section and share your recommendations for additional buildings to include on our list!

The Architecture City Guide: Chicago list and corresponding map after the break!

Mies van der Rohe Society

09:03 - 1 January, 2011
Hagen Stier
Hagen Stier

The Mies van der Rohe Society recently released their newly designed website.   Some of the features we like are the detailed building biographies, sketches, models, 3D renderings, and photographs that showcase the buildings Mies designed.

UNO Elementary School / JGMA (moreno architects)

12:00 - 12 December, 2010
Courtesy of JGMA
Courtesy of JGMA

Newly formed, Chicago based, JGMA (moreno architects) has been awarded the position of design architect for the United Neighborhood Organization‘s first ground up school in Chicago, Illinois. Additional renderings and a brief architects description after the break.

Culver House Development / Dirk Denison Architects

16:00 - 6 November, 2010
Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects
Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects

The recent recipient of the 2010 AIA Chicago Unbuilt Design Award, the Culver House Development sparks the conversation of sustainable design within the private sector of the prestigious Gold Coast neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois.  A mixed-use development, the building was designed to achieve LEED Gold status.  Both the office space and eight dwelling units capitalize on the thoughtful design of the energy efficient and ample day-lit spaces.

The jurors are quoated as descirbing the Culver House Development plan as “very smart” and the scheme “handsome.”  In reference to the varied floor plans of the residential units jurors claimed that “it breaks the typical pattern of every floor being the same” and continuing stating,  ”it is like a jigsaw puzzle.”

More about this award winning design following the break.

Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects +16

Architects: Dirk Denison Architects Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States Project Year: Unbuilt Renderings: Antonio Petrov , Daniel Wolf

The Briefcase House / Jimenez Lai

21:00 - 5 November, 2010
 © Lai
© Lai

Jimenez Lai of  Bureau Spectacular shared his residential project for a warehouse loft.  The 1400 sf space is conceived as a house within a house where all the material possessions are compacted into one oversized briefcase, which the subject sleeps inside.  The project focuses on engaging two architectural issues: the inside/outside and S/XL.

More information, including Lai’s illustrated storyboards after the break.

Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond / Studio Gang Architects

12:10 - 22 October, 2010
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects
Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

The project transforms a picturesque urban pond from the 19th century into an ecological habitat buzzing with life. With the design’s improvements to water quality, hydrology, landscape, accessibility, and shelter, the site is able to function as an outdoor classroom in which the co-existence of natural and urban surroundings is demonstrated.

Architect: Studio Gang Architects Client: Lincoln Park Zoo Project Area: 4 acres Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Beth Zacherle and Studio Gang Architects