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Exhibitions
Louis Sullivan's Idea, at exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, through   Urban China: Information Cities, an exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, through April 3, 2011     The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture History Coming Home, an exhbition at the Chicago Tourism Center Gallery, through Chicago Model City, an exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Neighborhoods Go Green!, at exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation      
Louis Sullivan's Idea
at the Chicago Cultural Center, through May 2, 2011
  Urban China: Informal Cities
at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through April 3, 2011
    The Sketchbooks of Alfonso Iannelli
at the ArchiTech Gallery,January 7th through April 30, 2011.
History Coming Home
at the Chicago Tourism Center Gallery, through April 15, 2011
Chicago Model City
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Neighborhoods Go Green!
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
     


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   March 1, Tuesday

Wacker Drive Reconstruction/ Congress Parkway Interchange to Randolph Street

5:15 p.m., cash bar, 6:00 p.m., dinner, 7:00 p.m., program, at the Cliff Dwellers, 200 South Michigan, 22nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$45.00 members, $65.00 non-members

Wacker Drive is a two-way, two-level roadway that connects Congress Parkway at the south/west end to Lake Shore Drive on the north/east end. In 2002, Wacker Drive Reconstruction/Congress Parkway Interchange to Randolph to be subject the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois dinner meeting at the Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, March 1, 2011reconstruction of Wacker Drive from Michigan Avenue to Randolph Street, commonly referred to as the east-west segment, was completed. The reconstruction of north-south Wacker Drive picks-up where the east-west construction left off, completing the improvements for the full length of Wacker Drive. The existing interchange and viaduct structures require complete replacement due to their poor condition. In addition, the existing interchange geometry has multiple operational issues, including the lack of merge lanes for traffic entering and exiting Wacker Drive from Congress Parkway.

The goals for the reconstruction of Wacker Drive include improving the functional operation of the Congress Parkway interchange and providing additional green space in the interchange area, reducing the number of exit and entrance points to/from lower Wacker Drive to reduce accidents, providing landscaped medians along the length of upper Wacker Drive, increasing the vertical clearance on the lower level, and improving the through route function of the lower level. Reconstruction of the Congress Parkway interchange began in June 2010 and the viaduct reconstruction from Randolph Street to Van Buren Street began in January 2011. Completion of the reconstruction of Wacker Drive is scheduled for 2012.

Advance RSVP required. Contract Donna Childs at 312/726.4165, ext 200, or via email. Information on-line.

The Power of Pro Bono

6:00 p.m. - The Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event. RSVP/

A panel discussion and reception sponsored by Holism Awards for Sustainable Construction. The panel will give in-depth perspectives of projects featured in the book, including the Kam Liu Building of the Chinese American Service League in Chicago and the Roosevelt Park Master plan from Detroit. Representatives from the firm and nonprofit client will be on the panel, moderated by Public Architecture’s Founder and President, John Peterson. The panel will discuss community involvement, the role of pro bono service in professional practice and how design can impact change locally.

Panelists include:

The Power of Pro Bono presents 40 pro bono design projects across the country. The clients include grassroots community organizations like the Homeless Prenatal Program of San Francisco, as well as national and international nonprofit, among them Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, KIPP Schools and Planned Parenthood

RSVP on-line. Information on-line.

Chicago Does Water Harvesting! Case Studies in Municipal Rainwater and Freshwater Systems

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, registration required.
AIA/CES: 2 LU

Presentation by John Bauer and Stuart Bailing, Whoso

The idea of reusing rainwater and freshwater to flush toilets and irrigate landscaping in commercial buildings is still new to the Chicago area, but several systems have been installed and are being used to save municipal drinking water and reduce the amount of storm water that enters the combined sewer/storm system during a rain event. This session will explain how water harvesting systems are scoped, designed and installed through case studies of actual systems now in place. Case studies may include these projects: Harold Washington Social Security Building - multi-source, multi-use retrofit; Chicago Park District Comfort Stations at 40th Street and Oysterman Beach - rooftop rainwater for toilet flushing; Chicago PBC Field House at Valley Forge Road - rooftop rainwater to flush toilets; Fields Volvo North field - rooftop rainwater to flush toilets and irrigate landscaping. This project voluntarily participated in the Chicago Green Permit Process, Chicago Green Homes Program and Energy Star for Homes.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your d

First Tuesdays Happy Hour

8:00 - 11:00 p.m., - Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

PechaKucha at Martyr's this month. PechaKucha Night brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The PechaKucha format, where a dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 190 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 250 people in attendance at each event. Get your ticket early. Visit the YAFMeetup page too.

Information online.

Pecha Kucha Chicago -Volume 17

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. - Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago Pecha Kucha Chicago - Volume 15, at Martyr's March 1, 2011
$10.00 (21 and over only)

Chicago's Volume 17 features 6 minutes and 40 seconds each of activist and education reformer Bill Ayers, human beatbox Yuri Lane, world architecture mapper Chris Botham, worldly architects Studio Gang, spoken word revolutionary Kevin Coval, journalist Melissa Harris, Loop Pop-Up aficionado Michael Perry, promoter of great furniture John Kim, Ania Jaworska will represent the Young Architects Forum, and artist Dena Lyons who bases herself here and in the south of France will round out the evening.

Peter Exley and Andy Hall will emcee the evening.

Charge by phone: 800.585.8499. Tickets can be purchased on-line. Information on-line.

   March 2, Wednesday

Building a Sustainable Community (Chicago)

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 80
Sponsor: USGBC, Illinois Chapter, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Farr Associates, Congress for New Urbanism
$15.00, chapter members, government/municipal employees, $30.00 non-members, $10.00 students
This program has been submitted for approval for 3.5 GBCI CE and AIA CE hours.

A roundtable program on how to achieve sustainable communities for state and local government representatives, Building a Sustainable Community will help municipal leaders and their teams better understand smart urban planning and smart growth, how LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) is one road map to accomplishing these goals and how GO TO 2040 can help communities in their planning for a greener, livable tomorrow.

Program attendees will learn key principles of smart urban planning; the goals and point system that constitute LEED Neighborhood Development rating system; and the specific goals and elements of the GO TO 2040 seven county regional plan. Two LEED-ND case studies will also be featured. Participants include Bob Dean of CMAP, Doug Farr of Farr & Associates, Susan Mudd of the Congress for New Urbanism, and Doug Widener, USGBC, Illinois Chapter. Case studies include Prairie Crossing in Grayslake and Emerson Square in Chicago.

Information and registration on-line.

Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2011

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
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ponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.Preservation Chicago's Jonathan Fine unveils Chicago's 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2011 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 2, 2011
AIA/CES: 1

Lecture by Jonathan Fine, Executive Director, Preservation Chicago

In this widely anticipated annual event, Preservation Chicago reveals its list of Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2011. The purpose of this program is to draw attention to the importance of the chosen historic buildings and districts, and to indicate how the efforts of Preservation Chicago and neighborhood residents will be directed toward preserving them. Past Chicago 7 announcements have played no small part in the eventual landmarking of irreplaceable buildings and spaces such as The Richard Nickel Studio, 444 N. LaSalle Street, and the Wicker Park Commercial District.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Iñaki Abalos + Renata Sentkiewiczarchitects Inaki Abalos and Renata Sentkiewicz lecture at the School of Architecture, UIC at Chicago, March 2, 2011

6:00 p.m. - UIC, College of Architecture and the Arts, Gallery 1100 A&A, 845 Harrison
Sponsor: University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture, College of Architecture and the Arts
Free event

Lecture by Iñaki Abalos + Renata Sentkiewicz, Co-founders, Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos, Madrid

Information: on-line.

Sustainable Behavior & Green Buildings: Living & Working in Sustainable Buildings

6:30 p.m. - J. Merlo Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 644 W. Belmont
Sponsor: Urban Habitat Chicago
Free event

Michael Bloom, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings will lecture.

The human element matters. While it may seem like building design, material selection, construction practices, regulations and certifications dominate Michael Bloom of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings will lecture on Sustainable Behavior & Green Buildings: Living & Working in Sustainable Buildings, at the John Merlo Branch Library for Urban Habitat, Chicago, March 2, 2011conversations about sustainable buildings, sustainable building initiatives are increasingly accounting for human behavior when designing high-performance built environments. This lecture will present examples of current federal projects to illustrate how architects, engineers and even bureaucrats are borrowing from the social sciences to leverage the power of culture, behavior and social psychology to deliver environments that are not only built green but perform sustainability. Examples will revolve around the newly released Sustainable Facilities Tool, and other initiatives sponsored by GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings.

Information: on-line.

   March 3, Thursday

Abraham Lincoln in Chicago

12:15 - Millennium Room, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free event

Presenter: Mark Pohlad, DePaul Associate Professor of Art History

March 4, 2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural. To celebrate the life of Illinois' favorite son, Friends of Downtown will host a lecture on how Lincoln was shaped by work and events in downtown Chicago and how he, in turn, helped shape the city.

Information: on-line.

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 p.m., City Hall, 121` N. LaSalle, Room 201`-A. Permit Review Committee immediately after (est. start time 1:30), 33 North LaSalle, Suite 1600
Open to the public

Information and agenda on-line.

LEED™ Extra Credit

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology, U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter
$10.00 members, $15.00 non-members
AIA/CES: 2 LU

The USGBC-Illinois Chapter leads the regional transformation of the built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable and healthy. USGBC-Illinois Chapter offers education programs that focus on a variety of green building topics for a wide range of audiences and learning levels. The Extra Credit sessions provide an opportunity to delve deeper into LEED credit areas and green building strategies while highlighting the local green building community and experts in Illinois. Further details on this program can be found at www.usgbc-Illinois.org.

Registration and information on-line.

Re-imagining Architectural Traditions

6:00 p.m. - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 50 E. Erie
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ponsor: Chicago Midwest Chapter, Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, Richard H. Driehaus Museumarchitect Peter Pennoyer lectures on Re-Imagining Architectural Traditions for the Chicago Midwest Chapter, Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, March 3, 2011
Free event, reservations required.

A lecture by New York-based architect and author Peter Pennoyer. A leader in advocating the relevance of history and the classical idiom to current practice, Mr. Pennoyer is the chairman of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and serves on the boards of The Morgan Library & Museum and the Whiting Foundation. He is a lifetime member of the Society of Architectural Historians, has co-authored monographs on Delano & Aldrich, Warren & Wetmore, and Grosvenor Atterbury, and has lectured widely on architecture, urban design, and architectural history.

Showing examples of his own work and others' work he admires, Mr. Pennoyer will examine how he and his partners implement and re-imagine architectural traditions into designs for the modern day dream house. In addition, he will discuss the firm's new monograph, Peter Pennoyer Architects: Apartments, Townhouses, Country Houses (The Vendome Press, 2010), which illustrates projects ranging from a triplex on New York's Fifth Avenue to a Spanish Colonial Revival house in San Francisco, from a farm house in Virginia to a new Federal-style house in Cambridge.

Registration on-line. Information: on-line.

Lost in Architecture

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - The Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton PlacePhotographer Nicolas Grospierre will lecture on Lost in Architecture at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, March
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event. RSVP/

Nicolas Grospierre will discuss the Graham Foundation exhibition and his most recent work. Presented in conjunction with the Graham's new exhibition, One Thousand Doors, No Exit, on view through April 2, 2011.

RSVP on-line. Information on-line.

Farnsworth House: Magnificent Modernism on the PrairieWhitney French, Executive Director, Farnsworth House: Magnificent Modernism on the Prairie, at the Oak Park Public Library, March 3, 2011

7:00 p.m. - Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor: Pleasant Home Foundation
Free event.

A lecture by Whitney French, Executive Director, Farnsworth House, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Part of the lecture series, Pleasant Places: Architecture in the Parks.

Information on-line.

   March 4, Friday

Second Annual Beaux Arts Ball

5:00 p.m., professional reception, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., Ball- School of the Art Institute (SAIC) Ballroom, 112 South Michigan
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute
$20.00 before March 4, $25.00 at the door. A 21+ event. (I.D.'s will be required for admission)

An opportunity to develop relationships with current future designers. Ticket purchase includes excellent hors d'oeuvres, two complimentary beverages (choice of beer or wine). All proceeds for the event will benefit the SAIC and IIT AIAS chapters.

To purchase tickets, call 312/629.6650. Information: on-line.

Benjamin Marshall Society's Grand Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of East Lake Shore Drive

6:30 p.m., cocktails in the French Room, 8:00 p.m., dinner, Drake Hotel, 140 East WaltonBenjamin Marshall Society's Grand Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of East Lake Shore Drive, March 4, 2011 at the Drake Hotel, Chicago
Sponsor: Benjamin Marshall Society`
$250.00 to $1,000 per person. Black (or white) tie optional.

This fund-raising gala includes the exhibition of a vintage Packard, Benjamin Marshall's favorite car, from the private collection of Richard Driehaus, with a raffle drawing and inauguration of The Ben Marshall Drink, created by Dennis O'Connor.The 8:00 p.m., dinner in the Gold Coast Room with begin with a greeting from 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly, followed by a five course gourmet dinner to the sound of the Stu Hirsh Orchestra, with the presentatio of the 2011 Benjamin Marshall Award to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago for the renovation of the ex-Eckhart House, 1530 North Lake Shore Drive, acquired by the Polish government in 1974. Followed by live auction of four grand prizes, and dancing.

Information and on-line reservations here.

Update: High Speed Rail, Transforming the Midwest

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-member
1 LU/HSW

Rick Harnish, executive director of the Midwest Hi-Speed Rail Association, discusses current developments, potential opportunities for architects and planners, and the overall benefits for establishing high-speed rail transportation for our Midwest region. Case studies of established high-speed rail networks will also be presented for comparison. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Healthcare for 2011

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Free event

If healthcare design is the focus of your work or a particular interest, please join KC chair John Daly and others to brainstorm goals ideas for the year. Your input is welcome.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

   March 9 , Wednesday

A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright. This film tells the story of how six women worked and went on to distinguished careers of their own, beginning with his first staff member Marion Mahony, and including Isabel Roberts, Jane Duncombe, Lois Davidson Gottlieb, Eleanore Pettersen and Read Weber.

Following the screening, several architects will discuss what the field of architecture is like today for women practitioners.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Integrated Home Communication Systems

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Residential KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-member
1.5 LU/HSW

Mike Infringer of Terra Nova Integrated Systems will present the latest home communication systems for entertainment, security, and climate control. Mike will provide an assessment of the architect’s role in the process of designing and specifying such systems. He will also offer a glimpse into the future of home communication systems and how today’s home designer can prepare for tomorrow’s technology. What options will your clients be considering?

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

   March 10 , Thursday

The Challenges of Historic Industrial Sites

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-member
1 LU/HSW

Are former industrial sites problems or assets? Looking at them as historic resources offers an answer. Nicholas Kalogeresis, AICP (The Lakota Group, Inc.) will discuss how adaptive re-use ordinances, zoning mechanisms, and financial tools are keys to preserving and re-purposing these structures. He will discuss case studies of projects in Los Angeles, Denver, and other cities and their applicability to the Chicago scene. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

The Language of Towns & Cities

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. MichiganDhiru Thadani lectures and signs copies of his book, The Language of Towns and Cites, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
$10.00 CAF/CNU/ICA & CA members; $15.00 non-members.
AIA/CES: 1

Lecture by Dhiru Thadani, architect and urban designer

Architect, urban designer, and author Dhiru Thadani will discuss and illustrate solutions found in the urban paradigm of the built environment to prescriptively solve several current global crises. He will argue the need for a common design language, which is the subject of his book, The Language of Towns & Cities: A Visual Dictionary.

A book signing will follow.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

The Work of Art. The Art of Play

12:15 p.m. - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
Free event

Lecture by Jon Pounds, Executive Director of the Chicago Public Art Group.

A presentation of the Chicago Public Art Group’s projects including murals, mosaics, sculpture and children’s fanciful play equipment in parks and public spaces throughout Chicago.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Millennium Park's Future in the Post-Daley Era

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Great Cities Institute, Suite 400 CUPPA Hall, 412 South Peoria
Sponsor: Great Cities Institute at UIC Chicago
Free event, RSVP requested.

Ed Uhlir will explore Millennium Park’s future by explaining its creation, its successes, and the factors that will affect its continued prosperity. In particular, he will discuss the history of the park site, the Mayor’s vision, the involvement of various artists, architects and landscape designers, and the public/private Eh Uhlir lectures on Millennium Park's Future in the Post-Daley Era at the Great Cities Institute, Chicagofinancing model pioneered there. This background information provides the foundation for thinking about the Park in a post-Daley era. How will the Park be maintained, what kinds of programming should take place there, and what kinds of economic impacts will it have?

Ed Uhlir was the Director of Research and Planning at the Chicago Park District until his appointment in 1998 by Mayor Richard M. Daley as the Director of Design of the Millennium Park Project. He is a consultant and President of Uhlir Consulting LLC and the Executive Director of Millennium Park Incorporated (MPI). He also is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, the Secretary of NeighborSpace, a land trust for community gardens, a member of Mayor Daley’s Parks and Open Space Committee, and a board member of the City Parks Alliance.

RSVP via email. Information: on-line.

History of Paint in America & Modern-Day Analysis of Finishes

5:30 p.m. -AIA/Chicago, 35 East Wacker, Suite 250
Western Great Lakes Chapter
Free event
1 CEU

A presentation by Mario Guertin and Joshua Freeland that will cover the history of paint manufacturing, from early American experience with paint and color, through the 20th century, and modern-day analysis of paint finishes from finishes investigations in the field and laboratory, to color matching - munsell and spectrophotometer, analytical tests from electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy - and more.

RSVP via e-mail. Information: on-line.

Pavilions in the Parks: Selected New Buildings

7:00 p.m. - Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak ParkDavid Woodhouse, David Woodhouse Architects, lectures on Pavilions in the Parks: Selected New Buildings, at the Oak Park Public Library, outside Chicago, March 10, 2011
Sponsor: Pleasant Home Foundation
Free event.

A lecture by David Woodhouse FAIA, David Woodhouse Architects. Part of the lecture series, Pleasant Places: Architecture in the Parks.

Information on-line.

Oldest Chicago

7:00 p.m. - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museumauthor David Anthony Witter discusses his new book, Oldest Chicago, at the Glessner House Museum,
$10.00; $8.00 for museum members

A lecture by author David Anthony Witter

Witter will lecture on his newly released book Oldest Chicago, about the places that have survived the passage of time: Clarke House (oldest building), Peacock Jewelers (oldest business), the Biograph Theater (oldest theater), Superdawg (oldest drive-in restaurant), Schaller's Pump (oldest tavern), and many more. Remarkable for having survived demolition and extinction for decades, these beloved landmarks have also helped define our city's landscape, offering continuity and civic identity across generations. Oldest Chicago is a reminder of the value of these familiar places and a call to preserve them for a future sense of place.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

RSVP at 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

   March 11 , Friday

26LAB pre-opening fundraiser

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - 3249 S. Halsted26Lab pre-opening fundraiser, Bridgeport, Chicago, March 11, 2011
Sponsor: 26LABNFP

A fundraiser to support the build-out of a new space in Chicago's Bridgeport community for 26Lab, a life enrichment program, using architecture, engineering and construction education to help youth, ages 14-18, and others to develop critical-thinking, communication and interpersonal skills, to help them better express themselves, develop and express ideas, all while helping others and their communities. The organization has a conditional lease on the space contingent on raising the funds to build it out and make it operation.

The event will offer wine and appetizers, and a look inside the pilot and at the future of the LAB.

More information and video on-line.

iCON, a celebration of design

8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. - Inland Steel Building, 30 West Monroe Street, 11th FlooriCon a celebration of design, at the Inland Steel Building, Chicago, March 11, 2011
Sponsors: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Capital Properties, Metro/SmartBar
General $75.00; VIP admission $150

Join us at the epicenter of midcentury modern design - Chicago's storied Inland Steel Building - for an evening of cocktails, music, and design. Lean back in iconic Eames lounge chairs. Dance to the music of iconic deejays. Sip iconic midcentury-inspired cocktails (neat or on the rocks?) Mingle with iconic artists, fashionistas, furniture designers, and architects. Take in views of the iconic evening skyline. And see for yourself why, since it first opened its doors in 1957, the Inland Steel Building continues to inspire and enthrall the world of design.

Space limited. Call to reserve tickets in advance: 312/922.3423, ext. 278 or on-line.. Information: on-line.

   March 12 , Saturday

ReBuild2011

6:00 - 10:00 p.m. - The ReBuilding Exchange, 2160 North Ashland
Sponsors: The ReBuilding Exchange
$32.50 in advance; $40.00 at the door

The ReBuilding Exchange's 3rd Annual Celebration & Fundraiser combinesLive music from Black Bear Combo & DJs Naomi Walker and David Marques, rRefreshments from Bell's Brewery, Half Acre, and Candid Wines, food from Sweet Miss Givings and Cafe 28, and a silent auction items made from reclaimed materials and other original artwork and local deals, plus interactive opportunities such as a haiku contest for ReBuilding Exchange signage and a photo booth.

Since 2009, The ReBuilding Exchange has diverted over 3,000 tons of building material from the landfill, made over $2 million worth of quality building materials available to the public for reuse projects at affordable prices, launched Chicago’s first building deconstruction and reuse warehouse job training program and trained 24 people in an emerging green collar sector.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information: on-line.

   March 15, Tuesday

Decorators Supply, An Exclusive Private Tour

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Decorators Supply, 3610 S. Morgan Street
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$25.00, prepaid reservations required, group size limited.

Decorators Supply Corporation traces it's history back to 1883 when the original founders, Simon Strahan and Richard C. Foster, established a partnership to manufacture "artistic decorative accessories" and cast ornamental plaster. (Prior to 1883, Strahan was partner in a furniture company that produced many of the Isaac Scott designed frames and cabinetry in Glessner House).
Decorators Supply was one of the manufacturers of mouldings that adorned the buildings at the World's Columbian Exposition. That fair attracted a wealth of world class artisans, sculptors, carvers, and craftsmen, many of whom ultimately came to work for the company. Through the years, they created plaster and composite ornament used by prominent architects such as Louis Sullivan, and companies such as Wurlitzer Organ Co. and Brunswick Bars. The company archive contains thousands of original molds which have been in continuous use for well over 100 years, and samples will be on display during the tour. In addition, a third-generation owner of the company will take us through the factory, allowing us to see production first-hand.

All proceeds from this tour will go to the House & Collections Committee Fund, for the ongoing restoration of the museum.

RSVP at 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

Tour: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Cent

4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Northwestern University, 2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Education KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-member
1 LU/HSW

The Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, designed by Davis Brody Bond, Architect (New York), opened in 2005 and is the first Northwestern AIA Chicago offers a tour of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, March 15, 2011University building to achieve LEED Silver certification. The six-story, 84,000 SF facility includes the Segal Design Institute, Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Murphy Cooperative Engineering Program. It offers collaborative environment where the exchange of ideas and group work can flourish. Spaces include a CAD/CAM lab; rapid prototyping and design prototyping workshops; a biomedical/chemical engineering lab; mechatronics lab; design classrooms and study spaces with smart boards; conference and research rooms; auditorium; automobile testing section; project display areas; and a student lounge. Meet in the Ford Center lobby. Parking is available in nearby NU parking lots after 4:00 p.m.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Gary and Region Investment Project

5:30 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA, 205 N. Michigan., Suite 1200,
Sponsor: American Planning Association\
Free event
CM 1.0

Gary and other urban areas in Northwest Indiana have weathered decades of disinvestment. Yet they possess significant — if underused — assets, including national parks, miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, transit hubs, historic landmarks, and a strong workforce. While it would make a natural poster child for Joanne Trotter and Hubert Morgan lecture on the Gary and Region Investment Project for the American Planning Association, Chicago, March 15, 2011what is often called "right-sizing," this region is often overshadowed by cities like Detroit, Flint, and Youngstown in this emerging national dialogue.

Nevertheless, the Gary and Region Investment Project (GRIP) is an important sign of how Northwest Indiana is crafting a regional approach to forward key transformative projects with the aim of stabilizing and reinvesting in the urban core.

Joanne Trotter from the Metropolitan Planning Council and Hubert Morgan from the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning commission will give an overview of GRIP and provide an update on progress to date.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line

2030 Roundtable: Meeting the AIA 2030 Commitment Office Operations Goals

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Serena Sturm Architects, 401 N. Franklin St., #5 East
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC (COTE)
Free for members, $15.00 non-member

What are the requirements for meeting the operations portion of the AIA 2030 Commitment? Bill Sturm, AIA, is our host and will participate in a conversation with principal from three small, medium, and large firms who will explain how they made their firm's practices more sustainable. What strategies and checklists can you use to work more sustainably? Limited to 35 participants.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s Gilded Age

6:00 p.m. - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 50 East Erie
Sponsor: Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Free event, reservations required.author Mosette Broderick lectures on her book, Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White: Art, Architecture, Scandal and Class in America's Gilded Age, at the Nickerson Mansion, Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, March 15, 2011

A lecture by Mosette Broderick, Architectural Historian, and author of Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White, Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age.

As America matured in the mid-19th century, the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White provided buildings for a changing society. From wooden houses at the seaside to regal social clubs in the city, as America transformed itself, these architects helped to refine the nation's idea of power and beauty. When McKim, Mead & White focused on the World's Columbian Exhibition, they came to see architecture as able to transform a nation. Mosette Broderick is an architectural historian. She is currently director of the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program as well as the London-based Master of Arts program on Historical and Sustainable Architecture in the Department of Art History at New York University

Registration (required) 312/482.8933, ext 21 or via email. Information: on-line.

   March 16, Wednesday

Crain's Real Estate forum with Prime Group's Michael W. Reschke

7:30, coffee networking reception, 8:00 - 945: a.m., breakfast program- The Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren
Sponsor: Crain's Chicago Real Estate Daily
$65.00, on-line registration closes Friday, March 11.

Michael W. Reschke, chairman and CEO of the Prime Group Inc., a privately held real estate development company he founded in 1981, in conversation Prime Group's Michael W. Reschke in conversation with Crain's Chicago Business associate editor Thomas Corfman at The Chicago Club, March 16, 2011with Crain's Chicago Business Assistant Management Editor Thomas A. Corfman. During his career, Mr. Reschke has developed or acquired more than $10 billion of real estate. His local developments include two office towers: 77 W. Wacker Drive and Citadel Center, 131 S. Dearborn St. In November, Chicago-based Prime completed the $430-million renovation of 208 S. LaSalle St., converting the lower 12 floors into the 610-room luxury JW Marriott Chicago. Mr. Reschke has broad experience with the financial markets, having led the initial public offering of five companies, including Prime Group Realty Trust. A former member of the board of World Business Chicago, Mr. Reschke is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Information and registration: on-line.

Harper Court and the New 53rd Street

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.Jonathan Boyer of Farr Associates lectures on Harper Court and the New 53rd Street at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 16, 2011
AIA/CES: 1

Lecture by Jonathan Boyer, Principal, Farr Associates; Chris Dillion, Managing Director, Vermilion Development

Major changes are underway at Harper Court, the modest retail complex located at the gateway to the 53rd Street retail corridor in Hyde Park. A new mixed-use office tower, hotel, and condominiums will activate the corridor and transform the pedestrian experience by adding activity where there were once vast parking lots. Sustainability and innovation lie at the center of the plan, with Harper Court set to achieve double LEED certification for both Core and Shell and Neighborhood Development..

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

   March 17 , Thursday

Glazing in Green Building

12:00 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues and Environment KCs
Free for members, $15.00 non-member
1 LU/HSW/SD

Kara Broderick from Trainor Glass Company, Illinois Engineered Wall Division, will discuss how the glass industry can contribute to sustainable building and LEED certification. Learn how glazing contractors are able to assist you in achieving LEED credits in two categories: energy and atmosphere, and materials and resources. She will explain how to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to address their needs. Bring your lunch or buy a cafeteria ticket in the first-floor shop.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

“Houses of Tomorrow” Today

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West Randolph, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Landmarks IllinoisRolf Achilles and Christoph Lichtenfeld lecture on the Marco-Ferro house for Landmarks Illinois at the Chicago Cultural Center, March 17, 2011
Free event

Lecture by Architectural and art historian Rolf Achilles and Christoph Lichtenfield. In 1933-34, the Armco-Ferro house was visited by thousands of visitors to the Century of Progress Exhibition on Chicago’s Lakefront. After being seen by the world, the house and several others, including the famous “House of Tomorrow”, were shipped to Beverly Shores in northern Indiana. For the past few years, several of the houses have been carefully restored. Rolf Achilles and Christoph Lichtenfeld, who with his wife, Char, has been restoring the Armco-Ferro House, will talk about this work.

Information: on-line.

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers 121 N. LaSalle Street
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line.

Tour: Hyde Park Bank, Investment Real Estate Loan Processing Center

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - 1836 N. ElstonAIA Chicago offers a tour of the Hyde Park Bank Investment Real Estate Loan Processing Center by Florian Architects, March 17, 2011
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-member
1 LU/HSW

Visit this award winning project up close and in detail with a behind-the-scenes perspective, hosted by Hyde Park Bank and Paul Florian, FAIA (Florian Architects). The building will reveal the design process which embraces community engagement, historical sensitivities, and the expression of style for a sophisticated end user, realized in a pedestrian-scaled, modern solution. Learn about details unique to the project including solar shading and green aspects, glass soffit, and storefront. Maria Grillo of The Grillo Group, Inc. will explain the genesis of the extraordinary murals that are integral to the building’s expression. Limited to 40 participants. Public transportation and parking: the nearest L stop is the Brown Line Armitage station, a 15-minute walk away. The Clybourn Metra stop is very close by. Street parking is available on Elston Avenue. Use the street entrance into the building (in lieu of the rear entry which is used for the bank’s dedicated parking area).

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

   March 21, Monday

Understand Four-Fold Doors

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Häfele America Chicago Showroom, 154 West Hubbard
Sponsor: Häfele America Chicago Showroom, Door Engineering and ManufacturingUnderstanding Four-Fold Doors, at Hafele America Chicago Showrooom, March 21, 2011
Free event. Registration required
1.0 CES, AIA

The underlying reason for selecting a Four-Fold door for any application is the need for superior performance. The alternatives -- sectional overhead doors, telescoping, and coiling steel doors -- are often much less expensive at the initial installation but in many cases cannot hold up in service. The heavy-duty design and construction of the Four-Fold door enables it to function under high cycle and other severe conditions which create chronic service and maintenance problems for the conventional alternatives.

Registration on-line. Information on-line.

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows 6x10

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
Free event
1 LU

Hear ten-minute presentations by winners of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, including Daniel Splaingard, the Rose Fellow currently working at Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation in Chicago. You will have the opportunity to learn about community design projects all over the country. Applications for 2012 Rose Fellowships will be accepted beginning May 1, 2011. Daniel and his colleagues will be available to answer questions about the Fellowship.

The 35 Enterprise Rose fellows are leaders of a new generation of architects dedicated to creating sustainable communities for people at all income levels. By supporting three-year partnerships between emerging architects and community-based organizations, the Fellowship promotes the highest standards of design excellence, sustainability and resident engagement in the planning of affordable housing and other community development projects.
Established in 2000, the Fellowship honors the late Frederick P. Rose, the prominent developer and philanthropist, who believed strongly in the value of good design and the spirit of public service. It is administered by Enterprise Community Partners, a leading national nonprofit housing and community development organization.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

   March 22, Tuesday

Blair Kamin : Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous AgeChicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin lectures on his new book, Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age, at Unity Temple, Oak Park, March 22, 2011

7:30 p.m. - Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
$10.00 UTRF members, students and seniors, $15.00 non-members

The Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune surveys the period bracketed by the September 11 terrorist attacks and the opening of the world's tallest building in Dubai. As his new book reveals, this was an era of extreme oscillation -- between artistic triumph and urban disaster, frugal energy-saving architecture and giddy design excess. It was a time of terror and wonder, and buildings were central to its narrative.

Purchase tickets on-line. Information on-line.

   March 23, Wednesday

Tour: World of Whirlpool Center

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - 325 North LaSalle Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Interior Architecture KC
Free for AIA/Chicago members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Last November, Whirlpool Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, opened its new flagship brand and product experience center in the historic Reid Murdoch & Co. building. With nearly 30,000 square feet, the World of Whirlpool center is intended to generate enthusiasm about Whirlpool brands with trade customers and designers in interactive, state-of-the-art surroundings. The center consists of functioning kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor entertaining areas designed for meetings, classes, and product displays.

Designed by Valerio Dewalt Train, these showrooms are a continuous ring of space connecting all the Whirlpool brands and the event spaces. A white sculptured canopy defines this ring and connects all the brands. For each of the JENN-AIR, KitchenAid, Whirlpool and Maytag brands, the unique core qualities led to an environment in which to experience the DNA of the brand. Within the ring of space are demonstration spaces, product labs, and the learning and collaboration spaces which are the working core of the World of Whirlpool. The experience is a media-rich environment enhanced by its audiovisual and display technology which was designed by AVTEG Consulting Engineers (Huntington, NY).

This event begins in the Reid Murdoch lobby at 7:45 am where all participants will be given a name badge to wear while on site. The tour will begin promptly at 8:00 am when we are escorted to the 8th floor. Randall Mattheis, AIA (Valerio Dewalt Train) will lead a tour of the space which will finish in a general session room. At 8:45, Mario Porto, principal with AVTEG, will give a presentation on “The State of the Art of Display Technology.” Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of AVTEG.

This event is limited to 30 AIA Chicago members.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and registration on-line.

Trains Planes and Automobiles, Major Chicago Area Transportation Projects You Should Know About

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - East Bank Club, 500 North Kingsbury
Sponsor: CREW Chicago
$50.00 members, $75.00 non-members

"Megalopolis" is a term used to describe Chicago and major urban areas within the same proximity. As Chicago's population blends with those of Gary, Rockford and Milwaukee, plans to handle increased traffic to transportation centers become more integral to the real estate industry.
In this presentation, Diane Legge Kemp with Legge Kemp Planning + Design will ask our very experienced Panelists: Paul Hanly, Aviation Specialist with Ricondo Associates, Luann Hamilton, Deputy Commissioner of CDOT's Division of Project Development and Joseph Shacter, Director of IDOT's Public and Intermodal Transportation Division, to explore the area's largest Projects THAT ARE planned and funded, the growth assumptions that formed the basis for these projects, how the public agencies work together to complete the projects and manage growth.

Registration on-line. Information: on-line.

Wheeler Kearns Architects: Recent Work

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationJon Heinert and Mark Weber lecture on Wheeler Kearns Architects: Recent Work, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 23, 2011
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

Lecture by Jon Heinert, AIA, Principal and Mark Weber, AIA, Principal, Wheeler Kearns Architects

Architects Jon Heinert and Mark Weber present recently completed projects including the new Johnny's Ice House, a small weekend retreat at Camp Charlie, a social services outlet in Garfield Park that provides job training assistance to the homeless, and a large single family residence in the western suburbs. The discussion focuses on the diverse range of the work and how the office structure and principles are used to maintain continuity and balance within each.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Matali Crasset

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of ChicagoIndustrial designer and architect Matali Crasset lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, March 23, 2011
$15.00 general public, $10.00 A&DS members, $5.00 students

Matali Crasset trained as an industrial designer and graduated in 1991 from the E.N.S.C.I. studios in Paris, France. She worked alongside Denis Santachiara in Italy and Philippe Starck in France before setting up her studio in Paris in the heart of Belleville in 1998. Crasset's eclectic body of work consists of products and furniture for companies including Alessi, Established & Sons, and Moustache; exhibitions in New York and France; and architectural commissions such as the DarHi hotel in Nefta, Tunisia, which opened in September 2010. She is a featured designer in Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design on display in Galleries 283–286 through July 20, 2011, and her work is held in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Information: 312/443/3631 or on-line.

   March 24 , Thursday

Real Estate Capital Market Update - Mortgage Markets Back in Full Swing
7:45 - 9:15 a.m., - the Union League, 65 West Jackson
Sponsor: ULI Chicago
$50.00 members, $30.00 young leader member, $65.00 non-members, $10.00 students.
Business casual dress required.


Just as the baseball season is starting shortly, the real estate capital markets are back in full swing and many lenders are returning to play the field after staying on the sidelines for the past few years. Life insurance companies, Wall Street, Banks, and Agency funding sources have ample cash for financing the "right" type of income-producing properties. Treasury yields combined with compressing mortgage spreads offer borrowers outstanding financing options. As the pressure continues for investing funds -- particularly in the income-property mortgage sector -- more lenders and funding programs will reemerge. In addition, lenders will offer more flexible terms, explore a wider variety of property types, and take additional property-level risk, benefiting all real estate investors.

The program's panel of lenders represents some of the most active players in the market: Gary Duff, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; A.G. Seifert,
Managing Director, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; and Julie A. Thick, Senior Client Executive, JP Morgan Chase. John Oharenko, Senior Vice President, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, will moderate.

Register by March 22nd. Registration and information on-line.

Sustainability Toolkit for Structural Engineers

8:00 a.m., - 12:00 noon., (continental breakfast available at 7:30), UBS Tower, Michigan I Room, 1 North Wacker, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$175.00 members, $250.00 non-members by March 16, $225.00 and $300.00 respectively, after.
4 hours continuing education credit.

This presentation focuses on what's new to the structural engineer in the design and construction of green buildings, including site planning, water efficiency, energy conservation, materials and resources and indoor air quality. This is a general overview of topics of interest to the structural engineer covered in LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC), ASHRAE Standard 189.1 on High Performance Green Buildings, and Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer, developed by Structural Engineering Institute's Sustainability Committee. The presenters will be Martha G. VanGeem and Emily Lorenz, both of whom are LEED Accredited Professionals with CTL Group.

Advance RSVP required. Contract Donna Child by 3:00 p.m., March 16, at 312/726.4165, ext 200. Information on-line.

   March 25, Friday

Achieving Design Excellence in Affordable Housing conference

9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. -School of the Art Institute (SAIC) Ballroom, 112 South Michigan, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsors: Enterprise Community Partners
Free event, registration required.

Local Chicago leaders will join national innovators for a day of panel discussions that will explore new approaches and opportunities in affordable housing design, addressing topics ranging from asset management to foreclosure response, and from community engagement to designing for the most vulnerable. The day-long symposium will conclude with a keynote address by architects Patrick Tighe, AIA and Ric. Abramson, AIA. Tighe is the principal and lead designer at Patrick Tighe Architecture and was recently awarded a 2011 AIA Honor Award in Interior Architecture. Abramson is the founder of Workplays studio*architecture and is on the Board of Directors at West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (WHCHC). Together, they will discuss WHCHC’s Sierra Bonita Apartments, a 42-unit apartment building designed by Tighe for low-income, physically disabled residents. This keynote will conclude our day long symposium, and kick off Design Corp’s Structure for Inclusion conference

Registration on-line. (To register for the Enterprise conference only, select “Enterprise Attendee” as the registration type.) Information and complete program (pdf) on-line.

Structures for Inclusion Chicago

5:00 - 7:30 p.m. -School of the Art Institute (SAIC) Ballroom, 112 South Michigan, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsors: Design Corps, SAIC, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, others
$100.00 professional, $25.00 students, plus other pricing opportunities

Opening evening of three-day conference which brings together activists, designers, funders and policy makers who are at the forefront of designing in the Structures for Inclusion Chicago, three day conference of activists, designers, funders and policy makers at the forefront of design in the public interest, at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, March 25-27, 2011public's interest. Attracting dynamic innovators as well s experienced old hands from around the world, the conference will center around honest, inspiring conversations and hands-on workshops to help us do more and do it better. This evening includes keynote by Patrick Tighe & Ric Abramson, Patrick Tighe Architecture / The WORKPLAYS West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, Sierra Bonita Mixed Use Affordable Housing

Registration on-line. Information on-line.

   March 26, Saturday

Structures for Inclusion Chicago

8:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. -School of the Art Institute (SAIC) Ballroom, 112 South Michigan, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsors: Design Corps, SAIC, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, others
$100.00 professional, $25.00 students, plus other pricing opportunities

Second day of three-day conference which brings together activists, designers, funders and policy makers who are at the forefront of designing in the Structures for Inclusion Chicago, three day conference of activists, designers, funders and policy makers at the forefront of design in the public interest, at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, March 25-27, 2011public's interest. Attracting dynamic innovators as well s experienced old hands from around the world, the conference will center around honest, inspiring conversations and hands-on workshops to help us do more and do it better. Today's participants include Rural Studio's Andrew Feear, Sergio Palleroni, Dan Pitera, Michael Zaretsky, Brent Brown, Sharon Haar, Larry Kearns, John Folan, Rashmi Ramaswamy, Liz Ogbu, Quillan Riano, Emily Pilloton, Trung Le, Chistine Gaspar and Thomas Fisher. Full schedule and program topics here.

Registration on-line. Information on-line.

   March 27, Sunday

Structures for Inclusion Chicago

8:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. -School of the Art Institute (SAIC) Ballroom, 112 South Michigan, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsors: Design Corps, SAIC, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, others
$100.00 professional, $25.00 students, plus other pricing opportunities

Final day of three-day conference will include a pair of workshops and closing remarks by Design Corps Director Bryan Bell. Full schedule and program topics here.

Registration on-line. Information on-line.

   March 28, Monday

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 125th birthday celebration

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Illinois Institute of Technology, S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street
Sponsor: Mies van der Roe Society
$50.00 per person, or $125.00 person including ticket plus one year membership in the Mies van der Rohe Society at the concrete level

Celebrate the birth of a pioneer in Modern design-and learn a little something about the unique characteristics of Mies van der Rohe's work. Come for the company, stay for the cocktails. How do you identify an authentic Mies design? Wright auction's Michael Jefferson will talk briefly about collecting the master's work and will highlight market trends.

Buy tickets by March 18 on-line. Information on-line.

   March 30 , Wednesday

German Architects and Engineers Worldwide - opening reception

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., German American Chambers of Commerce, 321 North Clark Street, Suite 1425opening reception for exhibition, German Architects and Engineers Worldwide - at the German Aerican Chambers of Commerce, Chicago, March 30, 2011
Sponsor: German American Chambers of Commerce
Free event,, registration required.

Opening reception for exhibition which premiered at the EXPO Shanghai 2010. Offices throughout the network of the German Chambers of Commerce abroad (AHK) will be displaying outstanding contemporary projects from German architects around the world. We are pleased to be the first Chamber to participate in this initiative and to also permanently showcase projects by German architecture firms in the United States. The Network for Architecture Exchange is the sposor of this permanent exhibit.

Information and registration on-line.

Elizabeth Mossop: Landscape Agency in Urban RevitalizationElizabeth Mossop lectures on Landscape Agency in Urban Revitalization at IIT, Chicago, March 30, 2011

6:00 p.m., Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center auditorium, 3201 South State
IIT College of Architecture
Free event, open to the public

Lecture by Elizabeth Mossop, Principal, Spackman Mossop + Michaels Landscape Architects, New Orleans

Information on-line.

The Art of Building: A Conversation with Architects Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique SobejanoArchitects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano lecture on the Art of Building at the Instituto Cervantes, Chicago, March 30, 2011

6:00 p.m., Instituto Cervantes Auditorium, 31 West Ohio
Sponsor: Instituto Cervantes
Free event, open to the public

Part of this evening's opening reception for the exhibition, Young Architects of Spain (YAS): A Window to the Unknown, running through April 17th.

Information: on-line

   March 31 , Thursday

Legendary Landmarks Celebration

5:30 p.m., cocktails, 7:00 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, 160 East Pearson Street
Sponsor: Landmarks IllinoisVirginia and Norman Bobins, Alexandra and John Nichols, and John Vinci honored at Landmarks Illinois Legendary Landmarks Celebration, Chicago, March 31, 2011
$500.00 and up

Virginia and Norman Bobins, Alexandra and John Nichols and John Vinci will be honored and “Landmarked” by Landmarks Illinois at this year’s Legendary Landmarks Celebration.

Event Co-Chairs and Legendary Landmarks Richard H. Driehaus and Richard Gray will help recognize this year's honorees unique and extraordinary contributions to Chicago’s rich civic and cultural legacy.

Information: on-line.

The Prairie Spirit: Native Plants, Natural Settings and an Appreciation of Place

6:00 p.m., reception, 7:00 p.m., lecture, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South MichiganBarbara Geiger, School of Architecture, IIT, will lecture on The Prairie Spirit: Native Plans, Natural Settings and an Appreciation of Place, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, March 31, 2011
Sponsor: Friends of Historic Second Church
$5.00 suggested donation

Lecture by Barbara Geiger, School of Architecture, IIT. Native plans were considered weeds in the Victorian era, but Chicago landscape designers O.C. Simonds and Jens Jensen saw things differently. They created enchanting, naturalistic settings with plants with the prairies and woodlands for such projects as Columbus Park, Graceland Cemetery, and Sinnissippi Farm. Geiger's biography of O.C. Simonds, Low-Key Genius, will be published soon.

Information on-line.

Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsors: Graham Foundation,Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in ChicagoSpatial City: An Architecture of Idealism, at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, March 31, 2011
Free event, RSVP

Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism is the catalog from the first touring exhibition in the United States of works from the French Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC). The exhibition, which was on view at the Hyde Park Arts Center last year, takes the work of utopian architect Yona Friedman—and particularly his idea of the “spatial city”—as a point of departure from which to explore contemporary art within the FRAC collections. Spatial City brings together an international, multi-generational array of artists—with an emphasis on artists living in France—whose work contends with utopian thinking and, in counterpoint, the retreat of optimism in the face of pragmatic reality.

The evening will include comments by Laurence Gateau, Director of FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nicholas Frank, Curator of the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Luis Croquer, Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). The presentations will be followed by a toast and reception with the speakers, French Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC) Directors Emmanuel Latreille and Sylvie Froux, Polly Morris, co-editor of Spatial City and Allison Peters Quinn, Director of the Hyde Park Art Center.

RSVP on-line. Information on-line.

 

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