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   December 4, Tuesday

The Chicago “L”

12:15 - 1:00 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited.
|AIA/CES 1

The Chicago “L” shows how the early “L” lines helped to build Chicago, and how The Chicago L, by Greg Borzotoday’s “L” helps to revitalize neighborhoods and tie the city together. Over the past 100 years, the “L” has survived numerous attempts to tear it down. Today its future is secure. New services are being added and new lines planned. This educating and entertaining book brings the tenacious “L” to life. Author Greg Borzo is a science writer at the Chicago’s Field Museum and former editor of Modern Railroads magazine.


Information: 312/922.3432 x224  or on-line

AIA 2007 Documents: What’s New

12:00 - 1:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
Note: Registration closed for this event - no calls or walk-ins, please

Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of the Poplar Street Bridge Collector-Distributor Roadway Structures

5:15 P.M. cocktails, 6:00 dinner, 7:00 P.M. , program. P.M., Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave.
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

The Illinois side of the Poplar Street Bridge is located in East St. Louis, Illinois. It interfaces with various major highways via a system of elevated roadways that were constructed in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s; with no consideration of potential seismic Poplar Street Bridge, Wikipedia Commons photographdemands. In the 1990’s, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) decided to make sure that the most critical portions of the elevated roadway system would remain functional during and after significant seismic activity. The seismic performance capabilities of original elevated roadway structures were substantially improved by implementing a variety of changes to the supporting piers which included: local weakening (to achieve desired proportions); local ductility enhancement (to achieve desired deformability); and deck connection improvements (to mobilize additional strength and stiffness available in the system). The innovations introduced on this project achieved the desired level of performance for a small fraction of the expected cost and degree of disruption. The presentation will summarize the primary seismic deficiencies of the original system and the principles underlying the selected retrofit concepts.

Reservations: contact Donna Childs at 312.649.4600 x200 or via email.

Pecha Kucha Chicago - volume 3

8:00 P.M. - Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago
$10.00

The third Chicago installment of the artists' presentation event where, in the words of Pecha Kucha Night Chicago volume 2The Architects Newspaper , they present "their work in some depth but at a comically breakneck pace—20 slides, 20 seconds each—while the audience heckles and drowns its sorrows." Architects in tonight's mix of writers, musicians and artists are scheduled to include Scott Rappe
and Chris Annmarie Spencer.

Tickets can be purchased on-line. Information on-line.

   December 5, Wednesday

Downtown Chicago in Transition

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Downtown Chicago in Transition, by Eric Bronsky and Neal SamorsMichigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors, authors, Downtown Chicago in Transition. A book signing will follow in the CAF Shop

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Bjarke Inges - The Big CPH Experiment

6:00 P.M. - The Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: The Graham Foundation
Free event, reservations required.

Lecture marks the opening of a new exhibition, The Big CPH Experiment, Seven Architectural Species from the Danish Welfare State, that presents projects that are all Lego Towers, Bjarke Ingels Group, at the Graham Foundationspecific urban experiments conducted in Copenhagen since January 2001 by Bjarke Ingels Group. At different stages of realization, they portray a new breed of urban life forms, both locally specific and generally applicable, introducing residential diversity, programmatic alchemy, urban ascension, modular mania, and political pro-action into the architectural species of the Danish welfare state. The projects in the exhibition are the VM Houses, the Mountain Dwellings, the Scala Tower, Kloverkarreen, the LEGO Towers, the Battery, and Escher Tower.

RSVP via email or call 312/787.4071. Information: online

Annual Show and Tell Dinner

7:30 P.M. - The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd Floor
Sponsor: Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago Chapter
$42.00 members, $47.00 non-members. Prepayment required.

The Chicago Chapter’s annual Show & Tell dinner is the most anticipated Chapter event of the year. Held at The Cliff Dwellers, with stunning view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, the event is a great opportunity to get together with friends and colleagues over a delicious dinner and enjoy an interesting program presented by members.

Information: contact Bill Locke at 312/932.9790 or via email.

   December 6, Thursday

Garmin Store

12:15 P.M. - Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Millennium Park Room, 5th floor southeast Garmin Store, Chicago, Valerio DeWalt Train Architects
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free event

Garmin International, the leading manufacturer of global positioning systems, decided to open its first retail store in Chicago at 663 North Michigan. Working on an extremely short time frame for design and construction, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates created a space that allows customers to "experience Garmin Navigation" in "a high-tech, interactive and unique shopping experience." Randall Mattheis will explain how the firm developed their design and got it built in time for last year's holiday season.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Weatherizing Your Home

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.

Seth Reimer from the Chicago's Department of the Environment, Division of Energy Management and Air Quality will discuss low-cost and no-cost opportunities to decrease residential energy consumption as well as advancing energy efficiency technologies for new and existing construction. In addition, this presentation will address the City’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and identify energy efficiency and utility assistance program available to Chicago residents.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 201-A
Note: Permit Review Committee meets after Landmarks Commission - estimated start time 1:30 P.M.

Open to the public

December agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

AIA Chicago Annual Meeting

5:00 - 9:00 P.M. - University Club, 76 W. Monroe
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$15.00 AIA members, $20.00 non-members

Conclude the year with fellow chapter members and hear about Chicago's Olympic bid from past chapter president Tom Kerwin, FAIA (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP) and Bob Berland, co-chair of Chicago 2016 Athlete Advisory Committee, who will tell us about "Bringing the Games to Chicago."

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

LEED EC: Life Cycle Analysis 101

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Moderator: Jessica Mondo, Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill. Presents TBA

The use of life cycle assessment (LCA) is spreading within the high performance, sustainable building industry. The USGBC has been working to figure out how to integrate LCA concepts into its LEED products and expects LCA to become a valuable decision making tool. This session will cover definitions, basic concepts and the uses of LCA within the building industry relative to building materials.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information.

   December 8, Saturday

Ross Barney Architects - Process+Projects Ross Barney Architects, monograph

2:00 - 4:00 P.M. - Prairie Avenue Bookshop, 418 South Wabash
Sponsor: Prairie Avenue Bookshop
Free event

Architect Carol Ross Barney will be signing copies of the new monograph on her firm's work.

Information on-line or call: 312-922-831

Prairie Avenue Holiday Candlelight Tour

6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 P.M. - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
Adults $18.00, $15.00 for members, children 8 and over $14.00

Glessner House's annual holiday tours of historic Prairie Avenue. Rarely open to the public in the evenings, both Glessner House, designed by architect Henry Hobbs Richardson, and Clarke House, the oldest surviving building in Chicago, will be part of these 90 minute tours showcasing holiday customs and traditions from two different eras of the 19th century. Reservations required (312/326.1480).

Other events today:

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair - 12:00 to 7:00 P.M. (free) - In the recently renovated historic Coach House of Glessner House Museum. hand-crafted gifts will be for sale all day long

Holiday Activities for Families - 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. $10.00 per child ($8.00 for museum members) and $2.00 for each accompanying adult. Carriage rides, stories, parlor games, crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus. Reservations not required.

Information: online or call 312/326.1480

  December 9, Sunday

Prairie Avenue Holiday Candlelight Tour

6:00, 6:30 and 7:00 P.M. - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
Adults $18.00, $15.00 for members, children 8 and over $14.00

Glessner House's annual holiday tours of historic Prairie Avenue. Rarely open to the public in the evenings, both Glessner House, designed by architect Henry Hobbs Richardson, and Clarke House, the oldest surviving building in Chicago, will be part of these 90 minute tours showcasing holiday customs and traditions from two different eras of the 19th century. Reservations required (312/326.1480).

Other events today:

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair - 12:00 to 7:00 P.M. (free) - In the recently renovated historic Coach House of Glessner House Museum. hand-crafted gifts will be for sale all day long

Holiday Activities for Families - 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. $10.00 per child ($8.00 for museum members) and $2.00 for each accompanying adult. Carriage rides, stories, parlor games, crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus. Reservations not required.

Information: online or call 312/326.1480`

   December 10, Monday

The Auditorium

6:00 P.M. - Prairie Avenue Bookshop, 418 South Wabash
Sponsor: Prairie Avenue Bookshop
Free event

The Auditorium was an instant landmark when it was completed in 1890, bringing fame to The Auditorium Building, Adler and Sullivan, architectsChicago as well as the young team of architects who were its designers, Adler and Sullivan. Within weeks after the building's completion, Edward R. Garczynski produced a book providing a detailed description of the building, with more than 50 photos (many showing details now missing) and 70 line drawings of incredible fidelity. There are also extensive lists of the contractors, suppliers, and tradesmen, with descriptive text. This evening Chicago's Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson will give a presentation about the Auditorium Theater on the occasion of the publication of a new reprint of Garczynski's 1890 book on the building. Wine and cheese will be served.

Information on-line or call: 312.922.8311

   December 11, Tuesday

Growing Green Neighborhoods: Inside the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.

Lecture by Doug Farr, President and Founding Principal, Farr Associates Architecture & Urban Design, and Susan Mudd, Environmental Attorney, Board Member, Congress for the New Urbanism. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development, who will review (LEED-ND) is a rating system designed by the Congress for the New Urbanism, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Natural Resource Defense Council to encourage walkable, transit-oriented, and green neighborhood design. Join LEED-ND authors as they review the first-ever rating system for certifying green neighborhoods, explain the prerequisites and certification process, and discuss the value of LEED-ND to developers, planners, and municipalities.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Chicago Community Development Commission

1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers, 121 North LaSalle
Open to the public

Monthly meeting. December agenda here. (Adobe Acrobat format)

   December 12, Wednesday

Regional and Urban Design Holiday Luncheon & 2008 Agenda

12:00 P.M. - The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
$20.00, paid at the event. Reservations required.

Make plans to attend our annual holiday luncheon to celebrate our accomplishments and define learning and activity objectives for the coming year

RSVP to event chair Richard Wilson via email or call 312/569.6740.

Chicago's Classical Architecture: The Legacy of the White City Chicago's Classical Architecture, by David Stone

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by David Stone, real estate financial consultant and author of Chicago's Classical Architecture. A book signing will follow in the CAF Shop

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line
Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature, by Douglas Farr

Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Prairie Avenue Bookshop, 418 South Wabash
Sponsor: Prairie Avenue Bookshop
Free event

Architect Douglas Farr will be signing copies of his new book.

Information on-line or call: 312-922-8311

   December 13, Thursday

Creative Living in the City: Street Design for the Urban Realm

12:15 P.M. - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Free event

The Urban streets serve a much greater function than simply moving cars. Come learn how advances in street design and sustainability are recognizing streets as places that must accommodate diverse needs, from biking to window-shopping to public meeting place. Speakers Janet Attarian, Project Director for the Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program and Sustainability Coordinator for the Chicago Department of Transportation, and Jacky Grimshaw, VP for Transportation Policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, will explore national and local engineering trends that affect our daily lives.


Information: 312/857.2757  or on-line

Chicago Plan Commission
1:00 P.M. , 121 North LaSalle, City Council Chambers
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

Schedule of meetings and agendas on-line.

IMI Holiday Party

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - Hard Rock Café, 63 W. Ontario St., Chicago
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum, IMI
Free event. Attendance limited to 100 people.

Celebrate another successful year for the YAF at our annual holiday party, hosted once again by the International Masonry Institute. With the help of journeymen plasterers, make an ornament reflecting Chicago's architectural heritage.

Information: 312/670.7770

   December 14, Friday

Antonio Gaudi

6:00 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again Antonio Gaudishowing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. Teshigahara's eye for texture, shape and sensual detail meets Gaudí's whimsy in the cinematic exploration of such masterpieces of visionary architecture as the cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. The contemporary of artists such as Picasso and Joan Miró, Gaudí drew on Barcelona's medieval Romanesque architecture and ancient Arab culture for his inspiration. This film reveals the intricacy and hallucinatory richness of his concepts through camerawork alone. Forgoing narration, Teshigahara accompanies his images with a brilliantly eclectic selection of music, ranging from baroque harpsichord to glass orchestra.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 15, Saturday

Antonio Gaudi

3:15, 4:45, 6:15 and 8:00 P.M. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again Antonio Gaudishowing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. Teshigahara's eye for texture, shape and sensual detail meets Gaudí's whimsy in the cinematic exploration of such masterpieces of visionary architecture as the cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. The contemporary of artists such as Picasso and Joan Miró, Gaudí drew on Barcelona's medieval Romanesque architecture and ancient Arab culture for his inspiration. This film reveals the intricacy and hallucinatory richness of his concepts through camerawork alone. Forgoing narration, Teshigahara accompanies his images with a brilliantly eclectic selection of music, ranging from baroque harpsichord to glass orchestra.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 16, Sunday

Antonio Gaudi

2:30 and 5:45 P.M. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 17, Monday

Antonio Gaudi

6:00 and 7:45 P.M. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 18, Tuesday

Antonio Gaudi

6:00 and 7:45 P.M. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

Green Holiday Party

6:00 - 8 :00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC
Free event. Attendance limited to 100 people.

Join us for our annual holiday party and celebration. We will honor all local members who worked towards a more sustainable Chicago in 2007 and peer into 2008’s programming. Bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided.

Information: 312/670.7770

   December 19, Wednesday

Design for Kids

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationDesign for Kids, by Sharon and Peter Exley
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Peter Exley, FAIA, Principal, architectureisfun, Inc. and author, Design for Kids. A book signing will follow in the CAF Shop

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Antonio Gaudi

6:00 and 7:45 P.M. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 20, Thursday

North Shore Modern: Recent Past Survey

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free Event

James Peters, director of preservation planning at Landmarks Illinois, will discuss a multi-School of the Art Institute of Chicago survey of North Shore Modern at Landmarks Illinois Preservation Snapshots lectureyear surveying effort of the entire Chicago metropolitan area by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. The survey focuses on architecturally significant non-residential buildings dating from 1935 to 1975—a period commonly referred to as the “recent past.” More than 700 commercial, institutional, office, and religious structures were identified in 16 communities throughout northeast Cook County, Illinois in the first survey round.

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

Antonio Gaudi

6:00 and 7:45 P.M. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

Archeworks Student Critique and Semester Review

5:30 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 North Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free Event, $5.00 dinner donation suggested

Archeworks students will discuss their projects and report on research and developments to date. The Schedule will include:

5:30-6:00 - Health Project - Design of Products and Programs for Stroke Survivors for Improved Work and Home Life (Year 3) Archeworks is partnering with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) to explore design applications for improving the work and home life of stroke survivors, with a specific focus on aphasia.
6:00 - 6:30 - Community Project - Bid for the 2016 Olympics: Celebrating and Engaging Chicago’s International Communities. Students will explore design strategies to engage Chicago’s international and ethnic communities in the Olympic planning process in a meaningful way for international visitors.
6:30-7:30 - (Dinner will be served as part of this presentation. A $5.00 donation is suggested.) - Education Project - Systematizing a Sustainable Natural Food Ecosystem. Archeworks has partnered with the Notebaert Nature Museum to develop a long-range plan to systematize a sustainable, natural food cycle at the Museum, addressing production, acquisition, purchase, consumption, recycling, and disposal. A key component of the plan will be the exploration of educational programs with a particular focus on healthy eating for school-age visitors and building awareness of natural foods with all visitors to the Museum and the community-at-large.
7:00-7:30

Register for this event, or call 312/867.7254. Information: on-line.