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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

New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles

14:00 - 15 March, 2018
New Images of MAD's "Spaceship" Lucas Museum Released as Construction Breaks Ground in Los Angeles, Courtesy of MAD
Courtesy of MAD

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, designed by MAD Architects, has broken ground in Los Angeles, California. Founded by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, and standing at the gateway to the city’s Exposition Park, the scheme is envisioned as a “futuristic spaceship” landing on the site’s natural environment.

The building’s interior has been designed as an expansive, open cave, flooded with natural light from skylights above. At least $400 million worth of art will be housed in the museum, including over 10,000 paintings, illustrations and movie memorabilia. The first floor and roof will be designated as public areas for visitors to exercise, relax, and “directly experience nature in the urban environment."

Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of Studio-MLA Courtesy of MAD Courtesy of MAD + 5

Connect Student Design Competition

17:19 - 6 March, 2018
Connect Student Design Competition

Now in its sixth year, CONNECT highlights innovative design programs at universities throughout the country. Students, under the supervision of university faculty, have the opportunity to design environments that incorporate seating and lighting installations, with the intention of offering an intimate area on the show floor where attendees can sit, relax and "connect." Exhibits will be located throughout the show floor, providing SOFA CHICAGO's international audience an opportunity to experience the innovation and creativity of future designers.

Yesomi Umolu Selected as Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

09:40 - 6 March, 2018
Yesomi Umolu Selected as Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Images by Wikimedia user Victorgrigas (left) and Andrew Bruah
Images by Wikimedia user Victorgrigas (left) and Andrew Bruah

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the selection of writer and curator Yesomi Umolu as Artistic Director for the event’s 2019 edition. 

Currently holding the position of Exhibitions Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Umolu draws from her background in architectural design and curatorial studies in creating exhibitions that explore the politics of the built environment. Recent projects include Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts, The Land Grant: Forest Law, and The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal. 

The 10 Tallest Uncompleted Skyscrapers

09:30 - 26 February, 2018
The 10 Tallest Uncompleted Skyscrapers, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

We all know a little about the world's tallest buildings—those engineering feats which define their cities and become symbols of human achievement—but what of the buildings that never took their planned place in their respective skylines? In 2014, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released a report listing the 20 tallest buildings that were never completed (an up-to-date list is also maintained on their website here). In order to be considered "never completed," all of the buildings in the report had begun site work, but construction was completely halted with no reports indicating it will continue. Read on to find out the top 10 tallest uncompleted buildings in 2018 after the break.

City Hyde Park / Studio Gang Architects

11:00 - 23 February, 2018
City Hyde Park / Studio Gang Architects, © Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

© Hedrich Blessing © Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing © Hedrich Blessing + 46

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.