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Wicker Park Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects

13:00 - 19 July, 2018
Wicker Park Residence / Wheeler Kearns Architects, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

© Steve Hall © Steve Hall © Steve Hall © Steve Hall + 28

UChicago Child Development Center Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects

17:00 - 17 July, 2018
UChicago Child Development Center Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects, © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
© Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

© Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing + 19

Richard Gray Gallery Warehouse / Wheeler Kearns Architects

13:00 - 14 July, 2018
© Tom Rossiter
© Tom Rossiter

© Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter © Tom Rossiter + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    2044 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612, United States
  • General Contractor

    Graycor Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    Enspect Engineering
  • Lighting Designer

    Lux Populi
  • Area

    5000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Chicago Architecture Foundation's New Home, the Chicago Architecture Center, to Open in Late August

14:00 - 30 June, 2018
Chicago Architecture Foundation's New Home, the Chicago Architecture Center, to Open in Late August, Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation
Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has announced the opening date for their new home, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC). Set to open August 31 of this year, the CAC will be the "home to everything architecture in Chicago." The 20,000-square-foot structure is located at 111 East Wacker Drive, just above the dock for the River Cruise offered by the CAF.

Lynn Osmond, the CAF's president and CEO, said of the new Center, "We can't wait for people to visit and experience how Chicago architects have influenced the world through their innovation and vision. We've engineered a stimulating and immersive space where visitors can have fun discovering Chicago's groundbreaking architecture and appreciate its profound impact on the world."

Designed by Chicago-based firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the CAC will feature custom spaces designed for education, tour orientation, and other public programs, as well as a store and interactive exhibits. 

Read on for more about the Chicago Architecture Center and its unique design experience.

Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation + 7

Nikola Olic's Playful Facade Photos 'Reimagine' Their Subjects

19:00 - 24 June, 2018
© Nikola Olic
© Nikola Olic

In his ongoing study, Nikola Olic - a Serbian photographer based in Dallas, Texas - focuses on “architectural photography and abstract structural quotes that reimagine their subjects in playful, dimensionless and disorienting ways.” Often isolating elements of a facade, which obscures the viewer's sense of scale and perspective, Olic provides short descriptions of each image, acting as a “demystifying tool” and reminding us of the everyday nature of his subject matter. In the third collection shared with ArchDaily, the photographs are taken in Dallas, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Hong Kong.

© Nikola Olic © Nikola Olic © Nikola Olic © Nikola Olic + 22

STLArchitects Reveal Competition Design Entry on Former Chicago Spire Site

16:00 - 24 June, 2018
Courtesy of STLarchitects
Courtesy of STLarchitects

Chicago-based STLarchitects revealed their design for the former Chicago Spire site. The competition brief called for two towers: one supporting a mixture of apartments and condominiums and the other strictly for condominium use. Their design focused on "Chicago’s architectural character and essential virtues... thus iconic, innovative, and flexible.

Courtesy of STLarchitects Courtesy of STLarchitects Courtesy of STLarchitects Courtesy of STLarchitects + 29

2018 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

00:00 - 12 June, 2018
2018 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Anticipation builds as preparations are underway for the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, happening Nov. 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Architecture Biennial Appoints Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares as 2019 Co-Curators

14:00 - 16 May, 2018
Chicago Architecture Biennial Appoints Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares as 2019 Co-Curators, © Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the appointment of curator and educator Sepake Angiama and architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares to the curatorial team for the event’s 2019 edition. 

The new appointees will combine with Artistic Director Yesomi Umolu to lead the curation of the 2019 event, bringing expertise in research architecture and discursive practices.

First Images Released of SOM's Proposed Skyscrapers on Former Chicago Spire Site

12:10 - 16 May, 2018
First Images Released of SOM's Proposed Skyscrapers on Former Chicago Spire Site, © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest
© Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest

The Chicago Tribune has released images of an SOM-designed skyscraper scheme for the former Chicago Spire site. The two towers, measuring 1,000 and 850 feet tall (305 and 259 meters), are expected to contain 1.3 million square feet of floor space, including 850 residential units. 

The proposal signals a new lease of life for 400 N Lake Shore Drive, where a 75-foot-deep, much-ridiculed foundation hole serves as the only reminder of the once-planned Chicago Spire, a 2000-foot-tall Santiago Calatrava-designed skyscraper.

© Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest © Noe & Associates/Boundary courtesy of Related Midwest + 7

SOM to Design 2 Skyscrapers on Former Chicago Spire Site

15:05 - 15 May, 2018
SOM to Design 2 Skyscrapers on Former Chicago Spire Site, The site at 400 N Lake Shore Drive with the hole for the foundations of the Chicago Spire proposal. Image© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/orijinal/8329344372'>Flickre user orijinal</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
The site at 400 N Lake Shore Drive with the hole for the foundations of the Chicago Spire proposal. Image© Flickre user orijinal licensed under CC BY 2.0

Since construction was halted on the Chicago Spire, the Santiago Calatrava-designed skyscraper at 400 N Lake Shore Drive, the hole which was to become the tower's foundation has become something of a local punchline, variously being caricatured as the site of semi-ironic proposals for inner-city adventure playgrounds or the pit into which the city's other failed ventures can be metaphorically dumped. But according to a report by the Chicago Tribune, that narrative might be about to change, as their sources within the city government have confirmed that a proposal is in the works to bring two skyscrapers to the site, designed by David Childs of SOM, the lead architect behind 1 World Trade Center.

New Images Released of Proposed Skyscraper Addition to Chicago's Thompson Center

14:00 - 4 May, 2018
New Images Released of Proposed Skyscraper Addition to Chicago's Thompson Center, Courtesy of visualizedconcepts
Courtesy of visualizedconcepts

Landmarks Illinois has released new images of a proposed radical extension to the James R, Thompson Center in Chicago. The images seek to portray the building’s versatility to be privately redeveloped as a mixed-use hub, featuring an eye-catching “super tower” at the southwest corner of the site, as proposed by the scheme’s original architect Helmut Jahn.

The new images follow on from a previous story we covered last year, detailing a 110-story tower proposed by Jahn in response to local plans to demolish the postmodern building. The latest images underlie a similar goal of demonstrating the potential for the Thompson Center to be protected and expanded, in response to its listing on the Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois in 2017 and 2018. The Postmodernist piece lies in a precarious situation, with an administrative interest in selling the building and replacing it a high-rise development.

Courtesy of visualizedconcepts Courtesy of visualizedconcepts Helmut Jahn's previous proposal for a 110 tower beside the Thompson Center. Image © JAHN. Via Crain's Courtesy of visualizedconcepts + 5

Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music

14:00 - 29 April, 2018
Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church Will be Renovated Into the Nation's First National Museum of Gospel Music, Courtesy of Wight & Company
Courtesy of Wight & Company

When architects were asked to re-imagine Chicago’s neglected buildings for an exhibition, Dirk Lohan designed a revitalization plan for Louis Sullivan's Pilgrim Baptist Church. Soon Sullivan’s landmark building will become the nation’s first National Museum of Gospel Music, complete with a cafe, retail store, event space, research and listening library, and a 350-seat auditorium. 

The Chicago Tribune Tower Might Have a New Neighbor: The City's Second-Tallest Skyscraper

14:39 - 24 April, 2018
The Chicago Tribune Tower Might Have a New Neighbor: The City's Second-Tallest Skyscraper, Courtesy of CIM / Golub
Courtesy of CIM / Golub

The Chicago Tribune Tower is at the center of a $1 billion development seeking to bring over 700 residential units to the city center. Developers CIM and Golub have unveiled a proposal which would see the redevelopment of the neo-Gothic tower into 163 condominiums, and the construction of a tapering skyscraper only 30 feet shorter than the Willis Tower, Chicago’s tallest building.

Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub Courtesy of CIM / Golub + 9

Wintrust Arena / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

13:00 - 24 April, 2018
Wintrust Arena / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
© Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

© Jeff Goldberg/ESTO © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chicago, IL, United States
  • Lead Architects

    Cesar Pelli FAIA, RIBA, JIA; Fred Clarke FAIA, RIBA, JIA; Mitch Hirsch AIA, LEED AP
  • Design Team Leaders

    Gina Narracci, AIA, Amrit Pilo, LEED AP
  • Architect of Record

    Moody Nolan
  • Area

    300000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Jay Pritzker Pavilion / Gehry Partners

11:00 - 11 April, 2018
Jay Pritzker Pavilion  / Gehry Partners, © Patrick Pyszka
© Patrick Pyszka

Courtesy of Gehry Partners © Patrick Pyszka © Patrick Pyszka © Patrick Pyszka + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, United States
  • Project Architect

    Manoucher Eslami
  • Project Team

    Reza Bagherzadeh, Chris Banks, Saffet Bekiroglu, Tom Besai, James Jackson, Leigh Jerrard, Kurt Komraus, Jason Luk, David May, Chris Mazzier, Frank Medrano, Sy Melgazo, Napolean Merana, Chris Mercier, Julianna Morais, Diego Petrate, Lynn Pilon, Birgit Schneider, Tensho Takemori, Karen Tom, Scott Uriu, Adam Wheeler
  • Design Partner

    Frank O. Gehry
  • Project Designer

    Craig Webb
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

How Carol Ross Barney Became the Most Important Urban Advocate in Chicago Since Daniel Burnham

09:30 - 29 March, 2018
How Carol Ross Barney Became the Most Important Urban Advocate in Chicago Since Daniel Burnham, © Kate Joyce Studios
© Kate Joyce Studios

This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Carol Ross Barney is Chicago’s New Daniel Burnham."

As a lifelong Chicagoan, Carol Ross Barney has seen the Chicago River transition from an effluent-filled cargo highway to a vibrant recreational spot, one where her grandsons go fishing. “They can throw their line in and pull out two- to three-inch fish immediately,” she says. It has even become a habitat for otters. As for people, the river has become an alternative commuting path: Some kayak to work. In many ways, these historically polluted stretches of Chicago now form a corridor offering a rich range of experiences and visitors. This dramatic reversal is thanks in no small part to the Chicago Riverwalk, which might be Ross Barney’s career-defining project. “The attitude of the people toward the river is really changing, and I think that’s the biggest story,” she says.

Logan Certified / moss Design

15:00 - 28 March, 2018
Logan Certified / moss Design, © Carmen Troesser
© Carmen Troesser

© Carmen Troesser © Carmen Troesser © Carmen Troesser © Carmen Troesser + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Logan Square, Chicago, IL, United States
  • Area

    6000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

SOM Unveils Images of Chicago Office Tower With Five-Story Open-Air Deck

14:05 - 23 March, 2018
Courtesy of SOM
Courtesy of SOM

Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) have unveiled new images of their proposed 18-story office tower in the trendy Fulton Market area of Chicago. “The Porch,” situated on 330 North Green, will feature a five-story open-air deck, and series of luxury amenities to support the new office environment.

Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM Courtesy of SOM + 11