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The Skyline 2012-08-12 22:00:00
As of Monday, August 13, Cityscapes will shift to a new format and a new link, one that will allow you to access the blog from your mobile phone as well your desktop. Here's the link: www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/cityscapes/. The writings of architecture critic Cheryl Kent and reporter Ron Grossman, who will sub for me while I'm on a Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard, will be posted …


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The Skyline 2012-08-10 12:58:27
From Sunday's print edition I?ve never liked being out of the paper for too long. When my byline disappears, I am assume readers think one of three things: A) I got lazy; B) I got fired; C) I?m dead. Architects who?ve been on the receiving end of my critical volleys might rejoice if B or C transpired. Sorry to disappoint them. …


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The Skyline 2012-08-09 08:15:26
One of the most memorable details at Frank Lloyd Wright's Ravine Bluffs subdivision in Glencoe is in need of some serious TLC. The subdivision, which includes six Wright-designed houses and three boldly sculpted  markers of poured concrete, was built in 1915 for developer Sherman Booth. But Chicago's brutal climate has taken its toll on the markers, aided by Wright's characteristically cavalier treatment of such nagging, day-to-day realities. As Chicago …


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The Skyline 2012-08-07 08:56:33
The Illinois Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that it has named Dutch architect and educator Wiel Arets as the new dean of its architecture school. Arets, a Dutch native who is professor of building, planning and design at the Berlin University for the Arts, replaces Donna Robertson. The news release from the university follows on the jump: Chicago August 7, 2012 - Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Provost …


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The Skyline 2012-08-03 09:20:59
From today's print edition Does it make sense to turn on-street parking spaces into miniature urban parks and plazas where people can sit, eat, check their mobile phones, read a book, take a catnap or watch the world go by? Chicago is about to find out. With the blessing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the city now has two of these miniparks, called …


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The Skyline 2012-08-02 12:00:42
Despite growing pleas from historic preservationists to save old Prentice Women's Hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration made clear on two fronts Thursday that it is not yet ready to take a public stand on the fate of the concrete, clover leaf-shaped high-rise. Asked about last week's "save Prentice" letter, which was signed by more than 60 architects, including Frank Gehry, and sent to the mayor, a mayoral spokeswoman emailed: "As …


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The Skyline 2012-08-01 10:03:41
As Robert Feder reported back in May, I'll get a chance to recharge my batteries as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard during the coming academic year. The fellowship starts in late August. I plan to be back in the Tribune's pages in July 2013. After people hear about this amazing opportunity for a mid-career break, they invariably ask: "Who's going to replace you?" Here's the answer: two highly-qualified journalists who can be counted upon to provide excellent coverage of …


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The Skyline 2012-07-30 14:03:07
In San Francisco, they?re called ?parklets.? In Chicago, the name is ?people spots.? Whatever term you use, these miniature parks and plazas are about to get a trial run here. The concept, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is being tried out in the North Side Andersonville neighborhood at 5228 N. Clark St. Workers were putting the finishing touches on Chicago?s first semi-permanent …


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The Skyline 2012-07-27 06:15:16
Yesterday, Frank Gehry and other prominent architects urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to save Bertrand Goldberg's old Prentice Women's Hospital. Today, it's the editorial page of the Chicago Sun-Times. In a well-written, well-reasoned piece that acknowledges the difficulty of re-using this building as a medical research tower, but also points the way toward solutions, the newspaper states:  "The history of Chicago architecture is one of considerable regret, a …


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The Skyline 2012-07-26 07:53:10
Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry and Chicago architect Jeanne Gang are among more than 60 prominent designers who on Wednesday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to preserve architect Bertrand Goldberg's old Prentice Women's Hospital and grant city landmark status to the threatened structure. The message, sent in a letter to the mayor and released to the Tribune, said: "As members of the architecture community, we believe Goldberg's Prentice should …


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The Skyline 2012-07-24 09:32:08
From today's print edition The Santa Fe sign that sat atop a downtown building for decades won't be straying far from home. The Illinois Railway Museum will take possession of the sign that advertised the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway from the roof of Chicago's Railway Exchange Building at 224 S.Michigan Ave. A New Mexico arts group, Creative Santa …


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The Skyline 2012-07-20 11:29:32
As the era of flashy buildings and ?starchitects? fades, a new (or is it old?) emphasis is in the air: on teams of designers, not celebrity architects; on how a building is built and how it works, not just how it looks; and on how a building performs over time, not simply on opening day. The question is whether this point …


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The Skyline 2012-07-19 13:19:46
Reuters has picked up on the Bloomberg News scoop that John Pritzker, son of the late Hyatt hotels chief Jay Pritzker, is joining with an investment company to buy the Chicago Athletic Association, the Henry Ives Cobb-designed Venetian Gothic gem at 12 S. Michigan Ave, and turn it into a boutique hotel. But this isn't just a real estate story. Several years ago, a developer planned to …


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The Skyline 2012-07-18 08:17:24
A foreclosure sale of Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Towers in Detroit was postponed yesterday, the Detroit News is reporting. The Illinois Institute of Technology's exhibition about the modernist complex runs through July 29. Here's an earlier Detroit News story about the foreclosure auction. (Photo by Ankur Dholakia/Detroit News)  


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The Skyline 2012-07-13 08:40:04
After a delay of several months, the Zaha Hadid-designed Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will open November 9, the museum announced yesterday. The 46,000-square-foot museum will give Michigan State a counterpart to the much-praised, Brad Cloepfil-designed addition to the University of Michigan's art museum. But it is entirely different from Cloepfil's understated modernism.  According to a news release, the Broad …


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The Skyline 2012-07-10 22:01:00
From today's print edition Long before Frank Lloyd Wright became a professional great man who costumed himself in a porkpie hat and a flowing cape, he signed his drawings ?Frank L. Wright? and carried out such humble tasks as preparing drawings of buildings for real estate ads in the Chicago Tribune. His mentor and lieber Meister, acclaimed architect Louis Sullivan, would …


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The Skyline 2012-07-10 17:02:14
In a major step forward for the proposed rehab of a historic South Side apartment complex built by the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Chicago?s Community Development Commission Tuesday voted to recommend up to $25 million in tax-increment financing (TIF) for the controversial project. The vote backing a $110 million plan to rehab the vacant Rosenwald Apartments in the 4600 …


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The Skyline 2012-07-10 17:01:59
In a major step forward for the proposed rehab of a historic South Side apartment complex built by the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Chicago?s Community Development Commission Tuesday voted to recommend up to $25 million in tax-increment financing (TIF) for the controversial project. The vote backing a $110 million plan to rehab the vacant Rosenwald Apartments in the 4600 …


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The Skyline 2012-07-10 09:14:05
From today's print edition By Corilyn Shropshire Tribune reporter They've got them in Times Square. Tokyo too. Under a measure pending in a City Council committee, some of Michigan Avenue's toniest shopping venues could end up sporting eye-catching jumbo signs. Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, has introduced an ordinance that would allow centers of at least 300,000 square feet with at least …


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The Skyline 2012-07-09 09:20:31
From yesterday's print edition By Kristen Samuelson Tribune reporter John Chipman saved his architecture firm during the recession by cutting his staff in half. To compensate, employees at Chipman Design Architecture, then in Park Ridge, started working 12- to 14-hour days while the firm eliminated bonuses and 401(k)-matching, shrank office space and renegotiated a shorter lease for about 40 percent …


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