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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2015-02-04 15:42:00
Barack Presidential Library Commissionentry from Aras Burak Sen (click images for larger view)When it comes to civic buildings, how do you define the relationship between architecture and power? Imposing scale conveys might, to be sure, but heavy classicism, to cite another frequently deployed design stratagem - does it express majesty or empire?  Dignity or a bulwark against dissent?Next month, the announcement …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2015-02-01 21:34:00
click images for larger viewRecently, reporter Felicia Dechter had news about Mariano Park, the sliver of open space at State and Rush that puts the triangle in The Viagra Triangle, the name given to a collection of upscale restaurants and bars where it's said unnaturally tan older men with the appearance of money meet improbably endowed far younger women in search …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2015-01-09 03:35:00
click images for larger view (Recommended)That whole winter thing - the cold, the wind, the snow, the slush - OK,  I get it already.  Ça suffit!What better time to take a quick trip to one of Chicago's architectural jewels, the award-winning David Woodhouse designed beach house at Rainbow Beach, project architect David Poorman, Nayyar and Navvay International, structural engineers.  The same …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2015-01-05 04:31:00
click images for larger viewFor a building with pretensions of class, Trump Tower certainly has a weakness for slumming itself up.  First, less than a year afters its opening, the striking, award-winning original native-plant landscaping  by Hoerr Schaudt was torn out in favor of a generic, gravel striped design that would be more at home in a run-of-the-mill suburban apartment complex. …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-27 14:48:00
Well, it's that time again..  The long year is at a close, and, as always, it brings with it a contagion of end-of-the-year wrap-ups, to which we now add our review of Architecture in Chicago over the past twelve months.  But rather than make our own selection, we leave it to you, dear readers.  Counting up, here are the fifteen stories …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-25 02:44:00


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-11 12:30:00
click images for larger viewHoliday traditions?  Sure, the Music Box's always kicks of the season with it's Sound of Music Sing-a-Long.  (And not to be outdone,  U of C's Doc Films has now launched their own Sing-a-Long-Alban-Berg's-Wozzeck.) But how many Christmas traditions revolve around architecture?  Not just in, but about it?I know of at least one.  The Gene Siskel Film Center …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-09 12:41:00
Hilton Garden Inn on Wacker (click images for larger view)Leavitt Street Bridge, 606 Bloomingdale TrailNorthwest TowerLoyola Quinlan School of Business200 North MichiganBlock 37 Residential Tower150 North Riversideformer Mulligan school, after slight fireRiver PointAbility Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of ChicagoChicago Motor Club hotelWolf Point WestChicago Riverwalk


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-08 05:21:00
click images for larger viewPolemically, the second Chicago School of Architecture was based on steel, glass and the grid, a supply-chain cocktail of standardized units repeated and extruded to massive scale.  That key formula was central to Chicago's original subway, expressed in a continuous platform 3,500 feet long, at the time of its 1943 opening a world record.  That continuity was …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-03 15:01:00
click images for larger viewThe Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier hasn't been around all that long - less than a quarter century, and at 150 feet tall, it's a shrimp compared to George Washington Gale Ferris's 264-foot-high original at Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.  It pales next to Las Vegas's High Roller Ferris Wheel, at 550 feet high now the world's …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-12-01 05:26:00
Words I never thought I would write: Bring back Lucien! click images for larger viewThis is a photograph of 840 North Michigan.  Dating from 1992, it was another retro special from Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange, who, until he was tripped up by the economic crash of '08, was the undisputed king of a style of architecture that pretended the 20th century …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-11-28 13:49:00
 A city's character is built out of the unique things that raise it above the generic underpinnings common to all.  As of the end of December, Chicago will lose one of its unique things with the closing, after sixteen years, of the ArchiTech Gallery of Architectural Art.  You only have through this Saturday, November 28th, to see the gallery's final show, …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-11-16 16:12:00
click images for larger viewThe Chicago Architectural Club, originally founded as a sketch club all the way back in 1885, continues to be active in the city's architectural discourse over a century later.  In announcing on Saturday the topic of its 14th Chicago Prize architectural competition, it's also proven that it's not short on ambition.   The new competition seeks proposals for …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-11-12 12:25:00
click images for larger viewI had hoped to finish the story I'm doing on Ghafari's recently-opened Jesse White Community Center last week,  but personal obligations intervened.  Today, however, Wednesday November 12th, you have the opportunity to hear architect Joseph Gonzalez of Ghafari Associates talk about the design at a lunchtime lecture at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 12:15 p.m., at 224 South …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-11-09 18:18:00
click images for larger view In 1988, wealthy widow Harriet F. Rees had architects Cobb and Frost build her a mansion on Prairie Avenue, Chicago's "Millionaire's Row".  She lived in it for only four years before her death, so she didn't get to see her posh neighborhood abandoned by Chicago's 1% for Potter Palmer's new Gold Coast along the lakefront four miles …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-11-02 12:29:00
click for larger view (highly recommended)Today the streets will be jammed with people as daredevil aerialist Nick Wallenda's will walk across the Chicago river on a 454-foot steel cable strung between two buildings: the West tower of architect Bertrand Goldberg's iconic Marina City (1964, 61 stories, 588 feet), and Roche Dinkeloo's -post modern Leo Burnett Building (1987, 46 stories, 635 feet). …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-11-01 04:43:00
click images for larger viewSlowly, the eerie clouds wrap around Santiago Calatrava's twisting phantom tower.  The clock strikes twelve.  The shrieking birds scatter. The dream dies.  The vision melts into air, into thin air.The Trib's Mary Ellen Podmolik reported Friday that developer Garrett Kelleher has finally conceded that he won't be able to raise the cash to bring the doomed Chicago …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-30 11:37:00
click images for larger viewIt's an experiment that's apparently run it's course.  The Chicago Center for Green Technology won't quite make it to its twelfth birthday, announcing its closed just in time for Halloween.  An email to presenters in its Green Tech U program, whose fall semester had already been put on the hold,  noted that the Center has been ?struggling …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-21 17:32:00
click images for larger viewIt's a story a  quarter-century in the making, but could well be the fastest start of any Chicago skyscraper ever.  As soon as west coast developer CIM Group announced that they had obtained all necessary permits for their new tower on September 10th, scaffolding appeared along Randolph Street next to the troubled Block 37 retail mall that …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-19 05:36:00
click images for larger viewThe first day of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's spectacular Open House Chicago 2014, which gives the architecture-loving access to 150+ sites often closed to the general public, saw us heading out to South Shore and Pilsen - three churches, one movie palace, and a few extras.  Here's a sampling of what we saw, with more complete stories …


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