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Felix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for Mexico and Chicago

12:13 - 29 January, 2018
Felix Candela's Concrete Shells: An Engineered Architecture for Mexico and Chicago, Capilla de Palmira (Chapel of Palmira) Lomas de Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, 1958 – 1959
Capilla de Palmira (Chapel of Palmira) Lomas de Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, 1958 – 1959

This exhibition roots Félix Candela (1910-1997) as one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century in his advanced geometric designs and lasting influence in contemporary architecture. It originated through the research of scholar Juan Ignacio del Cueto and is curated by the architectural theorist and designer Alexander Eisenschmidt. The exhibition spotlights Félix Candela’s Concrete Shells through photographs, architectural models, and plans, as well as archival material from his time as a professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1971 to 1978.

Candela exiled to Mexico

Second Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes with Over 500,000 Attendees

14:30 - 17 January, 2018
Second Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes with Over 500,000 Attendees, © Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced the figures for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which closed its four month run on Sunday, January 7th.

The second edition of the event, helmed by Artistic Director Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, was able to match the success of the inaugural edition, seeing 554,866 visitors from around the world.

The Arc de Triomphe as an Elephant?! These Illustrations Reveal What Famous Monuments Could Have Been

08:00 - 15 January, 2018
The Arc de Triomphe as an Elephant?! These Illustrations Reveal What Famous Monuments Could Have Been, Courtesy of GoCompare
Courtesy of GoCompare

A city’s monuments are integral parts of its metropolitan identity. They stand proud and tall and are often the subject of a few of your vacation photos. It is their form and design which makes them instantly recognizable, but what if their design had turned out differently?

Paris’ iconic and stunning Arc de Triomphe could have been a giant elephant, large enough to hold banquets and balls, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. could have featured an impressive pyramid. 

GoCompare has compiled and illustrated a series of rejected designs for monuments and placed them in a modern context to commemorate what could have been. Here are a few of our favorites:

Bring Chicago's Downtown to your Home or Office with this Kickstarter Campaign

14:00 - 6 January, 2018
Courtesy of Microscape
Courtesy of Microscape

Site models: they are intriguing and playful things by nature, making you feel like a giant looking down on a city. These miniature neighborhoods, however, are often large and bulky and only suited for architecture schools or offices. Imagine being able to have a site model in your home or office. Microscape has launched a Kickstarter to produce 1:5000 scale models of America’s Windy City, Chicago.

Apple’s New Foster+Partners-Designed Chicago Flagship Store Battered by Winter Weather

14:30 - 2 January, 2018
Apple’s New Foster+Partners-Designed Chicago Flagship Store Battered by Winter Weather, Photo by Matt Maldre. Via the Verge.
Photo by Matt Maldre. Via the Verge.

Just a few months after the opening of Apple’s first town square concept retail store, the Foster + Partners-designed glass-box structure is facing the wrath of its first Chicago winter – and it doesn’t appear to be handling it so smoothly.

As reported by the Verge and 9to5Mac, nearly all of the store’s riverfront outdoor space has been roped off due to the presence of large and potentially dangerous icicles that have formed on the edge of the building’s MacBook-shaped roof. Signs reading “watch for falling snow and ice” now surround the store and at the entrance on Pioneer Court.

The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

08:00 - 31 December, 2017
The Best Music Videos for Architecture Fans in 2017

The old adage "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" (it's stupid etc.), loses some of its impact when architecture becomes the backdrop for both music, and dancing. Ever since video killed the radio star, famous houses, quirky spaces, and history's great buildings have provided beautiful, unique and dramatic settings for music videos of all types. So which of 2017s music videos have capitalized on the wonderful world of architecture? 

Thespaces.com have compiled a list of the best music videos for architecture lovers for 2017. Here are a few of our favorites and a few additional videos we think deserve a mention.

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History

08:00 - 20 December, 2017
At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History, Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying
Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

When we think of contemporary architecture in China, we often refer to the megaprojects by international architecture studios that tend to get covered most in the design media. From OMA’s CCTV Headquarters and Shenzhen Stock Exchange to the recently completed Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV and Poly International Plaza by SOM, these projects dominate urban skylines at a singular scale that suggests they were built to impress.

Beyond individual buildings, China’s mega-architecture boom is rapidly developing entirely new cities, a process designed to relieve the country’s principal metropolitan areas of their high density, while offering new prototypes for urban life. These highly branded environments are prompting displacement – as a form of rural exodus – and social stress throughout the country, while also ignoring the legacy of traditional Chinese architecture in urban centers.

Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre in the Dashilar neighborhood of Beijing, designed by ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image by Shengliang Su Installation view of Archi-Union projects at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image by Steve Hall © Hall Merrick Photographers Five Dragons Temple by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying Fab-Union in Shanghai’s West Bund neighborhood, designed by Archi-Union. Images by Hao Chen (left) and Shengliang Su (right) + 8

The Results Are In: 2017 Was Another Record-Breaking Year for Skyscrapers

12:45 - 14 December, 2017
Tallest 20 skyline. Image Courtesy of CTBUH
Tallest 20 skyline. Image Courtesy of CTBUH

2017 was another banner year for skyscraper construction.

According to the 2017 Tall Building Year in Review, the annual web report from The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a record-breaking 144 buildings 200 meters tall (656 feet tall) or higher were completed in 2017, led by the 599-meter-tall Ping An Finance Center and 555-meter-tall Lotte World Tower.

In the report, CTBUH outlines this year’s trends in tall building design. Notably, 2017 proved to be the most geographically diverse year in history for tall buildings, with 69 cities across 23 countries completing new towers, an significant increase from 54 cities and 18 countries in 2016. Of those numbers, 28 cities and 8 countries completed their new tallest building.

150 North Riverside / Goettsch Partners. Image © Nick Ulivieri Photography Lotte World Tower; Seoul, South Korea / KPF. Image Courtesy of CTBUH Ping An Finance Center; Shenzhen, China / KPF. Image Courtesy of CTBUH Raffles City Hangzhou; Hangzhou, China / UN Studio. Image © Hufton+Crow + 27

Documentary Hopes to Save Chicago's "Starship," the Thompson Center, from Demolition

09:30 - 28 November, 2017

In the midst of the tall, rectilinear skyscrapers which make up downtown Chicago appears a short, sloped glass curtain wall, topped by a protruding truncated cylinder structure: Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center. Opened in 1985, the building was to be home for a variety of agencies of the State of Illinois, and its design was a play off of the traditional American statehouse, updated with glass walls symbolizing government transparency and an immense atrium evoking the atrium spaces found in most United States’ statehouses. The interior spaces, however, stirred further contention with the public. Unconventional red, blue, and white paints coat the interior elements—a design choice many believed to be provocative and even jarring.

This Mesmerizing Drone Footage Showcases the Success of the New Chicago Riverwalk

09:30 - 26 November, 2017

One year on from the Chicago Riverwalk’s completion, designers Sasaki Associates have released mesmerizing footage of the Riverwalk from a new perspective. Using a drone to give an overview of the project, the video captures the successful integration of the Riverwalk into the urban landscape as it changes shape and form, defining a unique experience for the public. Global design firm Sasaki led the team as prime consultant on the last two phases of the Riverwalk, working in close collaboration with local firm Ross Barney Architects. 

© Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios © Kate Joyce Studios + 9

Choreographed Performance at Farnsworth House Explores “Queer Space” in the Work of Mies van der Rohe

10:30 - 21 November, 2017
Choreographed Performance at Farnsworth House Explores “Queer Space” in the Work of Mies van der Rohe, © Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com. Courtesy of Gerard & Kelly
© Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com. Courtesy of Gerard & Kelly

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” This famously misattributed analogy has floated through the arts world for decades as shorthand for the difficulty of imposing the gestures of one creative discipline onto another. But why should dance and architecture get lost in translation? Isn’t there an inherent poetry to the movement of bodies navigating the built environment?

© Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com. Courtesy of Gerard & Kelly © Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com. Courtesy of Gerard & Kelly © Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com. Courtesy of Gerard & Kelly © Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com. Courtesy of Gerard & Kelly + 10

Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train

13:00 - 10 November, 2017
Vue53 / Valerio Dewalt Train, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

© Steve Hall © Barbara Karant © Steve Hall © Tom Harris + 38

  • Architects

  • Location

    1330 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615, United States
  • Architects in Charge

    Joe Valerio, Steve Droll, Sheri Andrews, Spencer Olsufka, Lauren Shelton
  • Area

    330253.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Chicago Architecture or Architectural History Scholarship from Chicago Detours

11:58 - 1 November, 2017
Chicago Architecture or Architectural History Scholarship from Chicago Detours

Tour company Chicago Detours is awarding one to two students $6,000-10,000 in scholarships for undergraduate or graduate college tuition. These scholarships will be awarded to support students of Chicago history, architecture, tourism, sociology, urban geography or archives.

The Expansive and Inclusive Architectural Galaxy of Archive of Affinities

04:00 - 26 October, 2017
The Expansive and Inclusive Architectural Galaxy of Archive of Affinities, Courtesy of Archive of Affinities / Chicago Architecture Biennial
Courtesy of Archive of Affinities / Chicago Architecture Biennial

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

In the era of the Internet every image is an advertisement. Almost every architect contributes to the limitless overabundance offered by social media by sharing instantaneous personal archives, student projects, and their own work. Each image is a miniature manifesto shared with the broader public, circulating freely and endlessly – they shape and identify the work of architects, they track and create lineages and alliances, and they also begin to form and transmit sensibilities, ideologies, and aesthetic preferences, both individually and collectively.

Courtesy of Archive of Affinities / Chicago Architecture Biennial Courtesy of Archive of Affinities / Chicago Architecture Biennial Courtesy of Archive of Affinities / Chicago Architecture Biennial Courtesy of Archive of Affinities / Chicago Architecture Biennial + 9

Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago / Foster + Partners

09:00 - 23 October, 2017
Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago / Foster + Partners, © Nigel Young
© Nigel Young

© Nigel Young © Nigel Young © Nigel Young © Nigel Young + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    401 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States
  • Area

    20000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Apple's First Town Square Retail Concept Opens in Chicago

14:45 - 20 October, 2017

The first in a new generation of Apple stores has opened in the heart of Chicago. Designed by Foster + Partners, Apple Michigan Avenue employs the tech giant’s “Town Square” concept, which subverts the typical retail experience in favor of a community-inclusive approach.

© Patrick Lynch Courtesy of Apple © Patrick Lynch © Patrick Lynch + 14

How Chicago’s Tribune Tower Competition Changed Architecture Forever

16:00 - 3 October, 2017
How Chicago’s Tribune Tower Competition Changed Architecture Forever, © Steve Hall
© Steve Hall

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

The Tribune Tower has stood at the heart of Chicago’s cultural heritage for almost a hundred years. Like the spire of a secular cathedral, it still symbolizes the rise of the “city of big shoulders” and its defining role in the American Century. But the building is more than a Chicago icon. The story of its origin has proved to be one of the most enduringly influential narratives in 20th Century architecture, key to understanding the skylines of cities all over the world.

The “late entries” included fantastical designs by Helmut Jahn, Judith Di Maio, Arquitectonica, and Robert A.M. Stern. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog (Consortia) Some of the more radical proposals for the Tribune Tower by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer; Max Taut; Adolf Loos; and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog (Consortia) For nearly a century, Chicago’s Tribune Tower has stood at the heart of the city’s cultural heritage. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial Blog (Consortia) A reconstruction of Loos’ proposal (center) accompanies new towers by an international group of young architects. Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image © Steve Hall + 8

2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial's "Labyrinth" Demonstrates Novel Approaches to Design and Cities

10:20 - 27 September, 2017

On the ground floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, Labyrinth—a cluster of installations and exhibitions occupying a warren of rooms as part the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial—serves as the visitor's introduction to participants' responses to the theme, Make New History. In this short film, architects including Jürgen Mayer H., Freek Persyn (51N4E) and Philip F. Huan (Archi-Union) present their projects and reflect on their work, process, and involvement in North America's largest architectural event.