Exhibitions
   
Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Octember 24, 2012 - February 24, 2013
The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32, exhibition at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, through February 16, 2013  
Reconsidering an Icon:
Design 1810-1995, at the ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago, through April 27, 2013 The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago, exhibition at the Chicago Architeture Foundation
Loop Values: The How Much Does it Cost Shop, exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, opening February 17, 2012                        
    Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects
at the Art Institute of Chicago/ through February 24, 2013
The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 192232
at the Graham Foundation,through February 16, 2013
  Reconsidering an Icon:
Creative Conversations about Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital

at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Design 1810- 1995
at the ArchiTech Gallery, January 11 - April 27, 2013
The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
  Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost Shop
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
                         

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April 2012 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

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« January 3, Thursday »

What Do You Love or Hate About Downtown Chicago?

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

For more than 30 years, Friends of Downtown has been working to make central Chicago a better place. But how has Downtown Chicago gotten better in recent decades? Has it lost things that made it a unique place in the world? How could it be improved? Join us for a lively conversation with full audience participation - weigh in on what makes downtown tick.

Information: on-line.

« January 8, Tuesday»

ATC-20: Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings

9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m., - James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, Rom 9-040
Sponsor: Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Free event, space limited. no free lunch

This course includes procedures to conduct safety evaluations of buildings following earthquake incidents and will include CalEMA SAP. Those who successfully complete this course will be placed on an earthquake inspector database maintained by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC).

Instructor: Scott Nacheman Mr. Nacheman is a Vice President with Thornton Tomasetti; a Structures Specialist for both FEMA and the Illinois Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces; Chair of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) Emergency Response Committee; and, Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Disaster Response & Recovery Advisory Committee.

Information and registration form online.

Healthcare Happy New Year Party

5:30 -8:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC, Modular Services Company, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, Acuity Brands/KSA Lighting
Free event

Our annual party welcomes everyone in the healthcare design field to share and socialize.

Information online.

Practice What You Preach: Architects Balancing Practice and Academic Work - Postponed

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Conference Center, #260 (adjacent to AIA Chicago office)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Education and Practice Management KCS
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU

Architects who simultaneously balance teaching and their design practice reveal the spectrum of benefits and challenges between these two worlds and what is involved in transcending these careers. Panelists Dan Wheeler, FAIA (UIC and Wheeler Kearns Architects), Keelan Kaiser, AIA (Judson University and Serena Sturm Architects), and Vlad Torskiy, Intl. AIA (HKS) will also explore how design curriculum and practice influence each other in this time of world socio-economic change. Moderator: David Moehring, AIA (UIC Office for Capital Programs).

Participants will be able to:

  • know the possible career pathways between teaching and practicing architecture and design.
  • better understand the thought processes of graduates and evaluate various mentoring trends that could positively advance their abilities of recent.
  • discern the emerging markets for architectural graduates and to what extent is educational pedagogy responding.
  • identify what practitioners seek most in new graduates, and what students / graduates seek from the practice professionals.

Information and registration online.

 
 

Culture Catalysts: Michael Williams and Richard Cahan - Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

Michael Williams and Richard Cahan6:00 p.m., - Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art
Free for Illinois residents or with museum admission. ($12.00, $7.00 for students)

Michael Williams and Richard Cahan, co-authors of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, have collaborated on seven other books, including Real Chicago, Richard Nickel’s Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City, Who We Were: A Snapshot History of America, Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home, and The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond. They own CityFiles Press, a Chicago publishing company that focuses on art and photography books.

Information online.

« January 9, Wednesday»

Lunch Talks@CAF: Architecture is Activism - Historic Preservation, Design, and Cultural Programming for Neighborhood Change

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

Presentation by Charles Leeks, North Lawndale Neighborhood Director, Neighborhood Housing Services, Matt Cole, Project Coordinator, Historic Greystone Initiative, Neighborhood Housing ServicesCharles Leeks of Neighborhood Housing Servies and Matt Cole of the Historic Greystone Initiative discuss History Preservation, Design and Cultural Programming for Neighborhood Change, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, January 9, 2013

Join Charles Leeks and Matt Cole from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, to learn about how NHS is continuing to incorporate historic preservation, design, and cultural programming into its community development efforts on the West & South Sides of Chicago. Charles and Matt will provide an update on NHS' Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative, as well as NHS' recent Cornerstones of Community collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Community Interface Committee planning meeting

6:00 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
Free event

Information and registration online.

« January 10, Thursday»

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 p.m., City Hall, 121 North LaSalle, Room 201-A.

Monthly meeting, open to the public. The Permit Review Committee will hold is regular meeting in Room 1600, 33 North LaSalle at 10:00 a.m..

Information and agenda on-line

Sustainable Developments in Mechanical Insulation

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Hafele Showroom – 154 W. Hubbard
Sponsor: Hafele Chicago Showroom
Free event, RSVP
1 LU/HSW-SDSustainable Developments in Mechanical Insulation, at Hafele Chicago Showroom, January 10, 2012

A Lunch N' Learn presentation of newly-available information for building insulation. Participants will learn about sustainable attributes of insulation, such as: IAQ, Recycled Content, Fiberglass health and safety, Bio-based formulations, Fire performance, Acoustical performance and Thermal performance

Co-Sponsored by Knauf Insulation, a US manufacturer of residential and commercial insulation. Their goal is to provide products and services that conserve energy and preserve natural resources for a sustainable future.

Information and registration: on-line.

Building Bureaucrats: Evaluating Architecture with National Register Staff

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC
Free event
1 LU

That building or neighborhood may possess a certain je ne sais quoi, but does it have what it takes to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which is managed by the National Park Service? Amy Hathaway from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) will focuses on design and construction, and explain the role of the IHPA in determining what buildings make theRandolph Revealed: Real Estate & Building Industries Council event benefiting programs of Landmarks Illinois, as the Randolph Tower, Chicago, January 10, 2013 grade.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

Randolph Revealed

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - 188 West Randolph
Sponsors: Real Estate & Building Industries Council, Landmarks Ilinois
$150 per person

The Real Estate and Building Industries Council of Landmarks Illinois invites you to a night of networking and celebration at the newly-revitalized Randolph Tower.

Proceeds from this event will support Landmarks Illinois’ programs, including the effort to expand the Illinois State Historic Tax Credit.

Information and tickets: on-line.

« January 11, Friday»

AFH-Chicago HolArchitecture for Humanity Chicago, Holiday Hangover 2013, at DIRTT Showroom, Chicago, January 11, 2012iday Hangover 2013

 

 

 

 

 

6::30 - 9:30 p.m., - DIRTT Showroom, 325 N Wells St
Sponsor: Architecture for Humanity, Chicago Chapter
$12.00 members, $16.00 non-members

Join us for a look at the future of socially sustainable design in Chicago and beyond. Experience treats and drinks at our tasting stations (vegan, vegetarian and meat, alcoholic and nonalcoholic options). Participate in a design charette and play with some of DIRTT's newest technology integration systems. Meet and mingle with our project partners and a group of like-minded, committed, and creative residents from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

*We will be announcing several exciting developments for the upcoming year, you won't want to miss out!

Information and registration online.

« January 12, Saturday »

Open House at the Heller House

2:00 - 4:30 p.m. - 5132 South Woodlawn
Sponsor: Save Wright Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
Free event, register by January 10

Join the Conservancy and Diane Silverman of UrbanSearch at the Heller House in Hyde Park. Welcome 2013 with some prosecco and snacks while mingling with fellow Chicago-area Save Wright offers an open house of Frank Lloyd Wright's Heller House in Hyde Park, Chicago, January 12, 2013conservancy members as you tour an exceptional Wright House and National Historic Landmark. Built in 1896, the Isidore Heller Residence is one of Wright's earliest uses of a three-story plan. Located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood just a few blocks away from the Robie House (1906), the Heller House is situated with its main axis facing east-west and a south-facing entrance. Yellow roman brick is accented with white stone to create an aesthetically pleasing exterior, crowned with sculpted figures along the perimeter of the third story by Richard Bock. Art glass lining the stairway from the first to second story will be a highlight of the tour as the sun begins to set and a spacious third story, which can function as it's own apartment or augment the space of the house, is still connected to the ground floor by the original working elevator.

The Heller House is listed for sale. More information on purchasing the Heller House can be found on the Conservancy's Wright on the Market portion of the website.

Register on-line.

« January 13, Sunday »

Hard Hat Tour of C3Prefab Construction

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - address will be shared after registration
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
$25.00 members and AIA members, $35.00 non-members
AIA/CES: 1

Join Square Root Architecture + Design for a tour of their newest project, C3Prefab. This home is the second iteration of a prototype project The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a Hard Hat Tour of C3Prefab Construction, Chicago, Janaury 13, 2013intended to study the costs, performance, and execution of prefab construction in an urban setting. Utilizing prefabricated (SIP) wall panels combined with high efficiency systems and an efficient floor plan, this project seeks to marry energy efficiency with affordability, and examine a new method of construction in urban areas. This hard hat tour will spotlight some additional benefits of prefabricated construction which are related to sustainability.

This project participated in the Chicago Green Homes and Green Permit Programs, and may be certified by Energy Star and LEED for Homes programs. Our At Home C3Prefab project site tour will be led by Architect, Jeff Sommers, ALA, CAARB, LEEDAP and will provide you with behind-the-scenes (and walls!) access to this home in progress. Join us for beer and BBQ for this “hard hat” access for an onsite examination of pre-fab home design and construction with the architect. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Space is limited to 50 participants and is by advance reservation only. The west town location will be shared with participants upon registration. Signature of waiver required for participation.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« January 14, Monday»

Masony Code Updates and Ten Things Engineers Need to Know About Masonry Specifications

11:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. - International Masonry Institute / BAC District Council Training Center
2140 Corporate Drive, Addison,
Sponsor: International Masonry Institute
Free with with pre-registration; also available via webinar.
2.0 LU/HSW

At noon, Diane B. Throop, P.E., FASTM, FTMS - Director of Engineering - International Masonry Institute, discusses keeping current with structural requirements in the building codes can be a time consuming task for design professionals. At 1:00 p.m., Rochelle C. Jaffe, AR., S.E., CCS, SMI, FTMS - Principal, Rochelle C. Jaffe Consulting, P.C. will give a presentation focusing on ten items of masonry specifications that are often not well understood. Subjects discussed range from recent changes in ASTM standards and how they affect calculated strength, to mortar types and selection, to mortar testing, to determining masonry (assembly) compressive strength, to reinforcement, including lap splices.

Information: on-line.

« January 15, Tuesday»

Gallery Talk - Exhibition Overview of Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects Assistant curator Karen Kice leads a tour of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, November 15, 2012

12:00- 1:00 p.m. - Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 159 East Monroe
Sponsor: Art Institute of Chicago
Free with admission

Follow Karen Kice, assistant curator and a team member from Studio Gang Architects on a tour to learn more about the Art Institute's exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects. Meet in Griffin Court.

Information: on-line.

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

Monthly meeting.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line

Concrete Lessons Learned — Do not Use 20th Century Specifications for 21st Century Construction

5:15 p.m., cash bar, 6:00 p.m., dinner; 7:00 p.m., program, the Parthenon Restaurant, 314 South Halsted
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$35.00 members, $55.00 non-members. Reservations required.

Performance based specifications for concrete can be a valuable alternative to the customary prescriptive based specification. This presentation profiles case histories of projects that utilized performance criteria to overcome construction challenges and also improve the ultimate properties of the concrete. Some of the local projects to be profiled include: Aqua, Trump Tower, and Coast. The construction of these structures graphically illustrates the successful use of performance criteria for ready mixed concrete.

This presentation will be led by Jack Gibbons, Central Regional Manager of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI). After his presentation, there will be a panel discussion featuring Joseph Balik of Grace and Scott Bierbaum of ECS Limited.

RSVP to Donna Childs at 312/726.4165 ext 200 or via email. Information on-line.

Facebook Data Center and Inspiration Kitchen: SustainABILITY Winners

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250Facebook Data Center and Inspiration Kitchen: SustainABILITY Winners, at AIA/Chicago, January 15, 2013
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC/COTE
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Larry Kearns, AIA (Wheeler Keaarns Architects) and Neil Sheehan, AIA (Sheehan Partners) will discuss their project which won SustainABILITY Leadership Awards from AIA Chicago in 2012: Inspiration Kitchens - East Garfield Park (Chicago, IL) and Facebook Prineville Data Center (Prineville, OR)

Information and registration online.

« January 16, Wednesday»

Lunch Talks@CAF: Architecture is Activism - Ecology and the Urban Landscape for Social Change

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

Terry Guen Discusses Ecology and Urban Landscape for Social Change, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Janaury 16, 2013Presentation by Terry Guen, Principal, Terry Guen Design Associates, FSLA

Landscape Architect Terry Guen has focused her two-decade career as landscape architect and urban designer creating public spaces for people and enhancing the quality of the outdoor environment. She will share her philosophy of design and discuss varied projects to illustrate how the urban landscape can be a proponent for social change.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Chicago Preservation Holiday Party

5:30 -8:30 p.m., - Emerald Loop Bar & Grille, 216 North Wabash Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC, APT Western Great Lakes Chapter, DOCOMOMO Midwest Chapter, Construction History Society of America
Free event

All presevation-minded people are welcome to the party at Emerald Loop. Free appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar.

RSVP to the Association for Preservation Technology, Western Great Lakes Chapter via email. Information online.

News from the Living Room: Storytelling and Participatory Architectural Writing

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

This talk will explore the International Building Exhibition (IBA’1984/87), which commissioned acclaimed architects from all over Europe and North America to transform the predominantly News from the Living Room: Storytelling and Participatory Architectural Writing, lecture by Esra Akcan, at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, January 16, 2013Turkish immigrant neighborhood Kreuzberg in Berlin. Architects brought in for the design of public housing projects included Aldo Rossi, Rob Krier, Oswald Matthias Ungers, Alvaro Siza, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, John Hejduk and many others. Akcan discusses this urban renewal project as a microcosm of the history of urban housing, a significant moment in the postmodernist and deconstructionist debates in architecture throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and an example of the attendant relationship between housing and international immigration policies. Using a narrative genre inspired by oral history and storytelling, Akcan gives voice not only to the architects and policy makers, but also to the immigrant inhabitants. Research related to this talk was recently featured in Akcan’s contribution to the Istanbul Design Biennale, 2012: “Urban Renewal and its Discontents: Kreuzberg—IBA ’84/87.”

Esra Akcan is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following the lecture, both of Akcan’s recent books, published with the support of the Graham Foundation, Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turke, and the Modern House, and Turkey: Modern Architectures in History, will be available for purchase in the Graham bookshop.

RSVP and information: on-line.

« January 17, Thursday »

Transitions in the Building Envelope: What to Do?

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC
Free event for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Kurt Moehlmann, BASF Construction Chemicals, will examine various building transitions currently under review by designers, architects, engineers, general contractors, and building owners. The transitions to be examined are: (1) building expansion joint advancements; (2) the rising tide of spray polyurethane foam; (3) transition membranes in use with air barriers; (4) masonry wall ventilated cavity wall designs.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

It’s All About the Details: Randolph Tower Terra Cotta RestorationMatt Seymour of Central Building and Preservation talks about Randolph Tower Terra Cotta Restoration at the Chicago Cultural Center for Landmarks Illinois, January 17, 2013

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West Randolph, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free event

Presentation by Matt Seymour, Central Building and Preservation, L.P.

Built as the Steuben Club in 1929 by noted Chicago architect K.M. Vitzthum, the 45-story Gothic Revival Randolph Tower is a confection of fine terra cotta details. Pointed arches, finials, flying buttresses, and the use of setbacks create a classic 1920s soaring skyscraper profile. However, after 83 years the building’s terra cotta cladding and architectural detailing were in serious disrepair. Join us to hear about the building’s meticulous terra cotta restoration process, which is part of a $146 million restoration and mixed-use residential redevelopment of Randolph Tower.

Information: on-line.

Artist Talk - Jeanne Gang on Architecture

6:00 p.m. - Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, 111 South Michigan, Fullerton Hall
Jeanne Gang dicusses the recent projects of Studio Gang Architects at the Art Institute of Chicago, Sponsor: Art Institute of Chicago
Free with admission

Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, discusses recent projects. The work of Studio Gang Architects is the focus of the Art Institute's current exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects.

Information: on-line.

« January 18, Friday »

PechaKucha Night Chicago goes up 61 floors for Vanavehu

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Olympia Centre, 161 East Chicago
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Chicago, UK/Chicago
$20.00. Limited to 100 participants. There will be positively no admission without a ticket.

Six UK artists/musicians/designers are featured in a night of Pecha Kucha to benefit the children's charity Vanavevhu. Your $20 donation gets you in, an incredible view of the city and a glass of PechaKucha Night Chicago goes up 61 floors in benefit for Vanavehu, January 18, 2013wine... best of all, 100% of your donation goes to Vanavevhu a children's charity which provides support and advocates for child-headed households in Zimbabwe. Tickets are an absolute must for this one and only time we will probably be allowed in the residence of the British Consul General, 61st floor, Olympia Center, Yes, that's correct, the sixty-first floor (and yes it does have an unbelievable lake and city view).

Vanavevhu provides support and advocates for child-headed PechaKucha Night Chicago goes up 61 floors in benefit for Vanavehu, January 18, 2013households in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Incorporated in Illinois in 2007, the organization is beginning its third year of operations. Elizabeth Mhangami, the founder of Vanavevhu, was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and moved to the US in 1999. She is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies at DePaul University.

UK/Chicago is an informal collaboration of Chicago based UK artists.

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

« January 22, Tuesday »

2030 Commitment Chicago Working Group meeting

5:00 - 6:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago 2030 Commitment Chicago Working Group
Free event


Everyone is welcome to join us and learn more about the 2030 Challenge.

Information online.

Tour: Rebuilding Exchange - Reclaiming Materials for Construction

6:00 - 7:00 p.m., - 1740 West Webster Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event , limited to 35 participants
1 LU

Come see the recently relocated Rebuilding Exchange, a non-profit salvage (and more) company. Its mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through operating a retail warehouse; by promoting sustainable deconstruction practices; by providing education and job training programs; and by creating innovative models for sustainable reuse.

Information and registration online.

Visiting Schools Part 1 training

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
Free event

The Community Interface Committee would like to invite you to join us for two volunteer training sessions in the new year led by our amazing colleagues from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It has never been clearer that teachers and students need the entire Chicago community to get engaged in education. Teachers can’t do it alone, parents can’t do it alone, it takes a village.

The Community Interface Committee (CIC) of AIA Chicago is once again partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) during the 2012 – 2013 school year for a series of ‘Architects in the Schools’ visits to Chicago area 3rd – 8th grade classrooms. (Visits scheduled to begin in spring 2013; the number of visits is up to you.) CAF and the CIC are hosting a hands-on training session over two evenings designed to help AIA members prepare to work with local elementary school students and teachers. We will also be discussing new ways that architects can assist the CAF in their mission, several of which are online opportunities that you can avail yourselves of without even leaving your desks.

Information and registration online.

« January 23, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Architecture is Activism - Architecture for Humanity-Chicago: Designing With, By, and For

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

Presentation by Katherine Darnstadt, principal of Latent Design and Co-Director of Architecture for Humanity Chicago

Architecture for Humanity Chicago is a collaborative of individuals whose projects focus on social, economic and environmental impact beyond Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design and Architecture for Humanity Chicago discussesthe building. The organization engages in community-based participatory design as an advocate against the inverse relationship between design and economy. Architecture for Humanity Chicago works to bring innovative design to those in resource and budget limited environments through a holistic, creative approach driven by community needs that leverages other partners and assets to address project challenges. In this talk, Co-Director Katherine Darnstadt will discuss recent and upcoming projects including redevelopment of the Fisk and Crawford power plants, foreclosed housing initiatives, food deserts and provide reflects on public interest design work and nascent field based practices. Find out more related to local architecture is activism efforts

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

The Next National Plan

3:00 - 4:30 p.m., - Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria, 4th Floor
Sponsor: Great Cities Institute
Free event , RSVP

Lecture by Robert Fishman, Professsor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

Despite the myth that national planning in the United States has been rarely attempted, never successful, and best left to the French, this country has been, as Fishman will argue, fundamentally Robert Fishman lectures on The Next National Plan at the Great Cities Institute, Chicago, January 23, 2013formed through national planning. From Jefferson’s Continental Grid to Franklin Roosevelt’s interlocking housing, highway, and decentralization policies, these national plans have been built on a profound vision of the country and carried through over decades by strategic actions at all levels of the federal system. Today we are in the midst of a slow and difficult transition from Roosevelt’s decentralization plan to a national sustainability plan based on renewable energy and tied to the emerging “megaregions” and their “reurbanizing” cores. This lecture will look back to such figures as Ian McHarg and Lawrence Halprin to uncover the larger vision underlying the next national plan, and identify some of the strategic initiatives necessary to carry it out.

RSVP via email.
Information online.

« January 24, Thursday »

Chicago: The Next Technology Hub?

7:45 a.m., registration and continental breakfast, 8:15 a.m., program, 9:00 a.m., Q&A, the Union League, 65 West Jackson, Main Lounge, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago Chapter
$55.00 members, $75.00 non-members

Chicago is in the perfect mid-country location, and has some of the most optimum building stock, infrastructure and talent, to become one of the leading digital hubs for the entire country…move over Silicon Valley. Now defunct, manufacturing megaliths in the Loop are being transformed into high-tech hubs transmitting data around the world and technology-driven companies are increasingly looking to downtown Chicago for the talent they need to take them to the next level. Buildings like the former R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. and 840 South Canal Street (formerly the General Electric Co.) are gaining a new lease on life due to the insatiable need for bandwidth by technology start-ups, universities, research labs, retailers, hospitals, manufacturers, and average consumers with smart phones and tablets. Join us for a rapid-fire discussion of the intersection of technology and the built environment, digital infrastructure, and the City’s efforts to position Chicago as the next technology hub.

  • What is the City currently doing to upgrade digital infrastructure?
  • How does Chicago keep broadband access affordable while still raising capital for improvements?
  • Are there ways for public and private entities to work together to improve infrastructure?
  • What role do the financial markets play in the coming technology race?
  • How will the demand for data centers be met over the next 5-10 years?

Moderator: Brandon Copple, General Manager, Wrapports Interactive; Panelists: Todd Heiser, Design Director, Gensler; Dan Lyne, Executive Director, Chicago NEXT, John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago, Third Panelist TBA

Information and registration on-line.

LEED Green Associates Exam Prep

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Green Education Services
$349.00 for members, $399.00 non-members
8 LU/HSW/SD

The Green Associate Exam Prep Seminar will provide an introduction to LEED and green building principles, and an overview of all content covered on the Green Associate exam. All candidates who wish to become a LEED AP need to start by first becoming a Green Associate (referred to as Tier 1 accreditation).
Topics covered include project registration and LEED certification process, overview of sustainable design concepts that are covered across all LEED rating systems, and a road map for how to organize your post-seminar prep.

Information and registration online.

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

« January 25, Friday »

Green Building Academy

5:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Green Education Services
$349.00 for members, $399.00 non-members
8 LU/HSW/SD

Education Sessions included in this workshop:

  • Going Green, Being Green, Saving Green
  • Minimum Programs Requirements of LEED (MPR)
  • Intro to Life Cycle Assessments (LCA)
  • Site Development Considerations for LEED NC
  • Educating the Client: Owner, Operator, Occupant, and the Community

Information and registration online.

« January 26, Saturday »

Future City 2013 Chicago Regional Finals

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., judging of projects; 3:00 p.m., awards ceremony, University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 South Halsted
Sponsor: Future City Illinois
Free event, open to the public

Future City 2013 Chicago Regional Finals, University of Illinois at Chicago, January 26, 2013The Future City Competition serves 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Sponsored by National Engineers Week, this national program introduces students to engineering with popular Sim City software. Students design cities with simulation software, build scale models, write essays and give oral presentations on their city's design.

First place winners from Chicago will join teams from other regions for an all-expense-paid trip to the Future City National Finals in Washington, D.C., February 2013 during National Engineers WeekTM. Grand prize is a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

The competition asks students, working in teams and under the guidance of a teacher and a volunteer engineer mentor from the community, to design a city of the future and include a plan that helps meet a particular social need. Students build their cities first on a computer using SimCity 4 Deluxe and then in large three-dimensional scale model. Students start with a research essay describing their concept, which this year is themed Rethink Runoff - Design Clean Water Solution to Manage Stormwater Pollution. Students will also write a City Narrative outlining the key features of their city. Finally it what has become a standard for the Chicago program five of the best teams will present and defend their design before a panel of prominent engineer judges all the while parents, teachers, guests listen.

Information on-line.

« January 27, Sunday »

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: University of Chicago Medicine, Center for Care and Discovery with Rafael Viñoly Architects

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - address will be shared after registration
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
$25.00 members and AIA members, $35.00 non-members
AIA/CES: 1

Chicago Architecture Foundation offers Behind-the-Scenes Tour: University of Chicago Medicine, Center for Care and Discovery, January 27, 2013Serving as the new core of the University of Chicago Medicine campus, the Center for Care and Discovery will be one of the most advanced clinical and surgical centers in the country, providing a home for patients with complex medical and surgical needs. Explore many of the building’s programs through a special behind-the-scenes guided tour led by Rafael Viñoly Architects; including open and welcoming public spaces for patients, families and visitors, and clinical spaces designed for maximum efficiency, flexibility, and adaptability. Space is limited and refreshments will be served.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« January 28, Monday »

Neil Brenner The Urban Age in Question

6:00 p.m.. - Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton
Sponsor: Archeworks
$5.00 suggested donation at the door, RSVP.Neil Brenner lectures on The Urban Age in Question for Archeworks at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, January 28, 2013

In what sense is the 21st century world urban? In this lecture, Neil Brenner critiques contemporary ideologies of the "urban age." Excavating Henri Lefebvre's (1970) notion of generalized urbanization, Brenner argues that the geographies of urbanization can no longer be conceptualized with reference to cities, metropolitan regions or even megalopolises, but today encompass diverse patterns and pathways across the planetary sociospatial landscape - from Manhattan to the Matterhorn, from the Pearl River Delta to Mount Everest, from the Nile River valley to the Pacific Ocean. This variegated urban fabric must become the focal point for new approaches to urban theory, strategies of collective intervention and imaginaries of built environments.

This lecture is part of the Chicago Expander at Archeworks program.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

« January 29, Tuesday »

The Great Recession, Municipal Budgets, and Land Development

5:30 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA, 205 N. Michigan., Suite 1200,
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Free event
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According to annual surveys by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the National League of Cities (NLC), cities have been Michael Pagano of UIC will discuss The Great Recession, Municipal Budgets, and Land Development at the American Planning Association, Chicago, January 29, 2013eliminating jobs, decreasing infrastructure investments, and scaling back services for more than a decade. For many municipalities, the Great Recession has exacerbated these trends, endangering these communities ability to invest in future economic growth. Furthermore, the changing nature of municipal revenue structures affects land-use policy and the nature of future development projects.

UIC and NLC received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to conduct a study of municipal responses. Michael Pagano from UIC will share some highlights of his research to date with a special emphasis on the immediate, and likely lasting, effects of the Great Recession on municipal revenue structures and decision-making regarding the type, timing, and location of new development.

RSVP on-line. Information: on-line.

Visiting Schools Part 2 training

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee
Free event

The Community Interface Committee would like to invite you to join us for two volunteer training sessions in the new year led by our amazing colleagues from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It has never been clearer that teachers and students need the entire Chicago community to get engaged in education. Teachers can’t do it alone, parents can’t do it alone, it takes a village.

The Community Interface Committee (CIC) of AIA Chicago is once again partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) during the 2012 – 2013 school year for a series of ‘Architects in the Schools’ visits to Chicago area 3rd – 8th grade classrooms. (Visits scheduled to begin in spring 2013; the number of visits is up to you.) CAF and the CIC are hosting a hands-on training session over two evenings designed to help AIA members prepare to work with local elementary school students and teachers. We will also be discussing new ways that architects can assist the CAF in their mission, several of which are online opportunities that you can avail yourselves of without even leaving your desks.

Information and registration online.

« January 30, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Architecture is Activism - Design Makes Change!

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

Presentation by Siobhan Gregory, Co-Founder and Coordinator for Design Makes Change

Siobhan Gregory, Co-Founder and Coordinator for Design Makes Change a Chicago Design Initiative, will discuss the mission, goals, Siobham Gregory of Design Makes Change lectures at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, January 30, 2013successes, and challenges of Design Makes Change. The talk will also highlight entries from their 2012 design competition, Sweet Home Chicago; The Neighborhood Preservation Design Challenge. She will be joined by select contest entrants who will discuss their design proposals for the community area of Austin.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Small Practitioners Group Winter Social - Escape the Winter Blues

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group, Alpen High Performance Products, Energy360 Solutions
Free event

Everyone is welcome to the Small Practitioners Group (SPG) Winter Social for an evening of food, drink and limited shop talk. If you are a small firm principal or you’re thinking about becoming one, we want to meet you.

Information and registration online.

 
     
     
     

 

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