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Lessons from Stanley Tigerman

13:00 - 21 June, 2012

In April, Black Spectacles filmed a discussion with Stanley Tigerman and the AIA Chicago Education Knowledge Committee revealing an intimate look at Tigerman’s 60+ years in the profession in his own words. The discussion is guided by a series of questions from the audience that send Tigerman into stories from his experiences, his attitude towards the profession today, technology and ethics.

Read on for key points from the interview after the break.

The Devoid Tower / Daniel Caven

11:00 - 4 April, 2012
Courtesy Daniel Caven
Courtesy Daniel Caven

The Devoid Tower, designed by Daniel Caven at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and featured in eVolo magazine, explores the passive systems that can be incorporated into high-rise design. Composed of a central volume that is pierced by a void, the tower’s design is influenced by a set of design rules, and tested using parametric and environmental analysis. More images and project description after the break.

"American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design" Exhibition

04:00 - 20 March, 2012
exterior St. Louis Union Station
exterior St. Louis Union Station

From March 20 – May 11, the “American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Classic Design” exhibition will be up at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in downtown Chicago. The show consists of 83 large prints of over 40 historic buildings in St. Louis, including acclaimed landmarks such as Louis Sullivan’s Wainwright Building, James Eads’ Eads Bridge, Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch and Tadao Ando’s Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Building. The timeline stretches from 1839 to 2010. The show is being staged in the Willis’ ground floor atrium and lobby and is free to the public. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Update: Navy Pier design teams present to the public

19:00 - 30 January, 2012
Existing Image of the Navy Pier © Stephen Hanafin via flickr - Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
Existing Image of the Navy Pier © Stephen Hanafin via flickr - Used under Creative Commons

Starting tomorrow, the five design teams selected to redesign the outdoor spaces of Chicago’s Navy Pier will begin to reveal their schemes to the public. Lead by AECOM, Aedas Architects, James Corner Field Operations, !melk and the Xavier Vendrell Studio, each team will be given thirty minutes to present their ideas, followed by a ten minute question and answer session. The presentations will take place on January 31st and February 1st at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Continue reading for the presentation schedules and more information on the competition.

Bertrand Goldberg Architecture of Invention Exhibition / John Ronan Architects

13:30 - 12 December, 2011
© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

Architect: John Ronan Architects Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 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

© Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing + 13

SOM receives 2011 Firm of the Year Award

19:00 - 7 December, 2011
SOM receives 2011 Firm of the Year Award

The AIA Chicago chapter has awarded the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) the 2011 Firm of the Year Award for 75 years of global design excellence. The chapter recognized the outstanding achievements and excellence in the firm’s body of work and their contribution to the advancement of the architectural profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology and architectural practice. This is the highest AIA award a firm can receive.

Video: Waterline Chicago

04:00 - 25 November, 2011

Recently completed by Spirit of Space, the film above displays the cadence of morning rush hour reflecting the rhythm of the Chicago 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 Chicago’s socially under utilized, aqueous artery.

Video: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream / Studio Gang Architects

13:00 - 14 November, 2011

Jeanne Gang presents Studio Gang’s vision for the transformation of Cicero, Illinois, a 1920’s suburb that suffered greatly from the foreclosure crisis. Studio Gang is one of five interdisciplinary teams participating in “MoMA’s Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.” Each team is challenged to re-imagine struggling American cities and suburbs, seeing the current economic crisis as an opportunity to evolve.

Architecture of Invention: A Bertrand Goldberg Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago

15:00 - 8 November, 2011
Courtesy of Archive of Bertrand Goldberg via The Art Institute of Chicago
Courtesy of Archive of Bertrand Goldberg via The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is hosting a retrospective for Bertrand Goldberg, famed architect of Marina City (1959–1967), two cylindrical corncob-shaped commercial/residential towers.  The exhibition contains a range of Goldberg’s work; it begins with his work at the Bauhaus and the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition and follows his career into his visionary plans of a postwar America.  The exhibition will feature architectural drawings, models, photographs, along with graphic and furniture design.

Follow us after the break for images of Goldberg’s work.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Symposium

23:00 - 17 August, 2011

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.

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

09:00 - 27 July, 2011
Courtesy of Landmark Illinois
Courtesy of Landmark Illinois

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 Bertrand Goldberg-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 Bertrand Goldberg’s son. “Prentice was the only one in which this was achieved.”

Second Second City / Design With Company

12:30 - 12 June, 2011
Courtesy Design With Company + Min Chen
Courtesy Design With Company + Min Chen

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.

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