Exhibitions
  Drawing the Future:: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900-1925, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Chicago, April 19 through August 11, 2013 Take Me to the River: Building Chicago's New Waterfront, Exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, thrugh Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli, at the Chicago Cultural Center through August 27, 2013
City Works: Provocations for Chicago's Urban Future, at the Expo 72 Gallery, 72 East Randolph, Chicago, through September 29, 2013
Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, at the Chicago Cultural Center through September 1, 2013 Marshall Brown, Center of the World, Chicago, at the Western Exhibitions Gallery, Chicago, through July 20, 2013 Sharing Space: Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design, at the Art Institute of Chicago, April 6 - August 4, 2013
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                        
  Drawing the Future: Chicago Architecture on the International Stage, 1900–1925
at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Evanston, through August 11, 2013
Take Me to the River: Building Chicago's New Waterfront
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli
at the Chicago Cultural Center, through August 27, 2013
City Works: Provocations for Chicago's Urban Future
at the Expo 72 Gallery, 72 East Randolph, through September 29, 2013
Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good,
at the Chicago Cultural Center, through September 1, 2013
Marshall Brown: Center of the World, Chicago,
at Western Exhibitions gallery, through July 20, 2013
Sharing Space: Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design
At the Art Institute of Chicago, through August 4, 2013
  Design 1810- 1995
at the ArchiTech Gallery, through August 24, 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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« June 1, Saturday »

Backyard Chickens

10:00 - 12:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green TechnologyBackyard chickens, seminar with Kristen DeLap, at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, June 1, 2013
$10.00
in advance; $12.00 at the door (or equivalent in features)

Presenter: Kristen DeLap, Experienced Raiser of Backyard Chickens

Raising chickens in the city is a hot topic! They provide fresh eggs daily, fertilizer, and plenty of entertainment in watching them run around. If you've considered raising them, you likely have a lot of questions: How do you get started? What do chickens need and where can you find it? Are they noisy? What do you do with them during a Chicago winter? Kristen has had a micro-flock of chickens in the city for the past 5 years and can answer your questions!

Information and registration online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Ideal Chicago creative placemaking

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Los Angeles designer, educator and S.I. exhibitor James Rojas has conducted creative placemaking workshops all over the country, and this edition in Chicago will similarly engage the collective community imagination to create an interactive diorama of the city—Chicago as it could be. Participants will be provided with thousands of small, colorful, vibrant, and tactile objects to place on a model of downtown Chicago. Open to people of all ages, participants are invited to reflect on, explore, experiment, and ultimately craft their ideal city.

Information online.

Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America

1:00 p.m., - Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton
Sponsor: Newberry Library
Free event

Showcasing the first Ferris wheel, dazzling and unprecedented electrification, and exhibits from around the world, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was Chicago’s chance to demonstrate Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America, authors Paul Durica and Bill Savage discuss their book at the Newberry Library, Chicago, June 1, 2013that it had risen from the ashes of the Great Fire and was about to take its place as one of the world’s great cities. Millions would flock to the fair, and many of them were looking for a good time before and after their visits to the Midway and the White City. But what was the bedazzled visitor to do in Chicago?

Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America
, a very unofficial guide to the world be ­yond the fair, slaked the thirst of such curious folk. The pleasures it details range from the respectable (theater, architecture, parks, churches and synagogues) to the illicit—drink, gambling, and sex. With a wink and a nod, the book decries vice while offering precise directions for the indulgence of any desire. In this newly annotated edition, Chicagoans Paul Durica and Bill Savage—who, if born earlier, might have written chapters in the original—provide colorful context and an informative introduction to a wildly entertaining journey through the Chicago of 120 years ago.

A book signing with the authors will follow the talk.

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Skill-Exchange Show and Tell Session #1

2:00 - 3:30 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Spontaneous Interventions participants from near and far–including Robyn Paprocki of Moving Design, Iker Gil of MAS Studio, and Douglas Burnham of envelope a+d–will gather and share objects that relate to their practices. In this sociable roundtable-style exchange, designers and artists will present lessons they have learned in their projects using the objects as a prompt, and the public is invited to mingle with the participants and ask questions

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Gallery walk with curator

2:00 - 3:15 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Spontaneous Interventions: Gallery walk with curator Cathy Lang Ho at the Chicago Cultural Center, June 1, 2013Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Join Spontaneous Interventions curator Cathy Lang Ho, exhibition designers John Hartmann and Lauren Crahan of Freecell, and graphic designer Patricia McShane of M-A-D in a walk-through of the exhibition to discuss the curatorial framework, projects, and exhibition design

Information online.

 

Spontaneous Interventions: spacehacking // citytactics

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Architect and scholar Nathan John will present from his research project spacehacking // citytactics, which collects the reflections of more than 30 artists, architects, and makers from around the world; the picture that emerges of urban interventions as they are used today challenges the dichotomy between the beautiful and the socially engaged. He will also talk about the potential of digital design and fabrication tools to further elide this boundary.

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Center for Urban Pedagogy What is Affordable Housing? Chicago toolkit

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., - Garland Room, 1st floor, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Spontaneous Interventions exhibitor, the New York–based nonprofit Center for Urban Pedagogy collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues. The Chicago affordable housing toolkit, six months in the making, is designed to help communities answer the all-important question of “Affordable to whom?” Interactive in nature, this workshop presents a series of hands-on activities that break down affordable housing policy into accessible visual illustrations

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Derelict Craft

3:30 - 4:30 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free eventDerelict Craft - presentation by John Preus at the exhibition Spontaneous Interventions at the Chicago Cultural Center, June 1, 2013

John Preus is a Chicago-based artist, builder, and musician whose work explores forms of attachment, craft, art, and community life. Through his workshop Dilettante Studios, he designed and built the seats in the Spontaneous Interventions workshop/reading room using reclaimed material. His work has been exhibited at Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Heilbronn Kunstverein-Germany, the Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago. He will speak about the relationships between art, design, and

Information online.

« June 2, Sunday »

Spontaneous Interventions: Big Ideas with Dream It. Grow It.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., - Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Gardens are being established with increasing frequency in the urban environs. Yet design basics and opportunities for inclusivity are being overlooked. To tackle this, Chicago-based S.I. participants Yael Breimer and Allie O’Neill created an approachable tool, Dream It. Grow It., that educates users about the design process, broadens definitions of “garden,” and introduces concepts of universal design and accessibility for all. This workshop introduces the first of a three-step design process, Dream It, that promotes free thought and cooperative design, while challenging people to imagine big

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Ideal Chicago creative placemaking

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 5 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Los Angeles designer, educator and S.I. exhibitor James Rojas has conducted creative placemaking Ideal Chicago creative placement, workshop with James Rojas at Spontaneous Interventions exhbition, Chicago Cultural Center, June 2, 2013workshops all over the country, and this edition in Chicago will similarly engage the collective community imagination to create an interactive diorama of the city—Chicago as it could be. Participants will be provided with thousands of small, colorful, vibrant, and tactile objects to place on a model of downtown Chicago. Open to people of all ages, participants are invited to reflect on, explore, experiment, and ultimately craft their ideal city.

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Spontaneous Urbanisms

1:00 - 2:30 p.m., - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Spontaneous Urbanisms examines the state of the city and some of the motivating factors for the wave of citizen-led actions to improve the public urban realm. From urban blight to uneven development, property abandonment to stalled developments, social alienation to an overly privatized public sphere, urban interventionists are asserting their “right to the city.” This panel will frame the movement—the urge of architects, designers, and everyday citizens to step in and fill in the gap where traditional top-down planning has failed or left areas of neglect—in a larger historical, cultural and political context.

Panelists include: Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz; Gordon Douglas, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago; Roberta Feldman, College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois, Chicago; Michael Sorkin, Institute for Urban Design and Terreform

Information online.

Spontaneous Interventions - From Tactical to Strategic: What’s Next?

2:45 - 5:00 p.m., - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

What happens after the interventionist stage of urban engagement? This panel brings together architects, curators, and cultural instigators who explore a wide range of scales of design and production from the tactical to the strategic to investigate the promise and pitfalls of bottom-up design. Speakers will address the wide-scale use of these kinds of practices in activating the urban realm and community building, the lifespan of temporary projects, and, importantly, the relationship these projects have to policy and government.

Panelists include: Stephen Zacks, Flint Public Art Project; Douglas Burnham, envelope a+d; and Anne Guiney, Institute for

Information online.

« June 3, Monday »

Mines, Fruit, and Military Bases: A Year on the Road with Venue

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Public Works, 1539 North Damen
Sponsor: MAS Context
Free event; seating limited

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley will discuss the ongoing research that Geoff and Nicola are developing together. They have been traveling since June 2012 as Venue, visiting sites and Mines, Fruit and Military Bases: A Year on the Road with Venueinterviewing people whose work in some way illustrates the human relationship with built, natural, and virtual landscapes. Venue is co-produced by the Nevada Museum of Art and Studio-X NYC, and supported by WESTAF.

Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and co-director of Studio-X NYC, an off-campus event space and urban futures think tank run by the architecture department at Columbia University. In September 2013, he will join the tech blog Gizmodo as editor-in-chief.

Nicola Twilley is co-director of Studio-X NYC, author of the blog Edible Geography, and an independent curator with exhibitions at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles. She is currently writing a book on the spatial history and technological future of refrigeration.

Information online.

« June 4, Tuesday »

Common Ground in Architectural Practice: Grounds for Detroit

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Comunity Interface Committee
Free event
1.5 LU/HSW

Grounds for Detroit is a collaborative installation by five young practices working collectively: *Alibi Studio; Ellie Abrons with Adam Fure; MILLIGRAM-office; SCHAUM/SHIEH; and Thom Moran. Their project was part of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2012 Biennale di Venezia, curated by David Chipperfield under the theme of Common Ground. In part, their installation revisits a collaborative project from 2010 in which the five practices bought the abandoned single-family house at 13178 Moran Street in Detroit, Michigan, for $500 at public auction and constructed five distinct architectural interventions in it. In this way, new futures were imagined for Detroit and for its excess stock of empty and abandoned houses.

As a model of contemporary practice, the project presents strategies of realization where, out of necessity, architecture is nimble, promiscuous, and expedient. Compelled to negotiate the ever-changing circumstances presented by Detroit, the five practices operate as a loose collective, negotiating terms that allow for action in an unpredictable environment while maintaining room for individual sensibilities. Together, the work highlights new dispositions toward practice, new models of collectivity, novel imaginings for the city’s discarded matter, and propositions for community action. Architecture is cast as a means rather than an ends: a means to finding opportunity rather than solving problems, a technique that resonates with the contemporary conditions of a city such as Detroit.

Speakers will include Thom Moran, a designer and educator based in Michigan, and Ellie Abrons, lecturer in architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

Information online.

Tour: Wright Auction House

5:30 - 6:45 p.m., - 1440 West Hubbard
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Interior Architecture KC
Free event
1 LU

AIA Chicago is invited to an exclusive auction preview and behind-the-scenes tour of Wright AIA Chicago offers a tour of the Wright Auction House, Chicago, June 4, 2013Auction House, specializing in modern and contemporary design, art, and architecture. Senior specialist Michael Jefferson will lead a tour of three auctions set up for preview: Important Design, Italian Glass, and Harry Bertoia: Masterworks from the Standard Oil Commission. Founded in 2000, Wright is housed in a 60,000 square-foot former printing factory and hosts over eleven auctions each year. Since its founding, Wright has sold over 40,000 lots across the spectrum of 20th and 21st century design, and has pioneered whole new fields of collecting.

(If you drive, you’re welcome to use the parking lot adjacent to the building.)

Information online.

YAF Happy Hour

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Hotel Lincoln, 1816 North Clark
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Join us this month at the J. Parker rooftop restaurant and bar on the 13th floor of Hotel Lincoln Check out the YAF Meetup page, and we hope to see you there.

Information online.

Ecology of Design Part I: Concept

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00
in advance; $12.00 at the door
Credit: AIA/CES

Presenter: Michael Iversen, University of Illinois at Chicago

Part I of a two-part series, is based on the conceptualization of urbanized areas as complex dynamical ecosystems, which are being stressed from the convergence of urbanization, fossil-fuel energy depletion, and climate change. Using an ecosystem-based approach, design is re-interpreted as the intentional shaping of energy, material, information and monetary flows that act as inputs and outputs of an urbanized ecosystem. The inventory and analysis of these system flows may then serve as the basis for informed design decisions and policymaking.

Information and registration online.

Pecha Kucha Chicago Volume #26

8:00 - 11:00 p.m. - Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago
$10.00

Pecha Kucha Chicago Volume #65, at Martyr's, June 4, 2013PechaKucha 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 545 cities around the world.

Chicago’s Volume 26 features dynamic Nick Adams, communication artist, Firebelly Design; Michael Genge, Architectural Design, Architecture is Fun; Ryan McRae, writer; Anna-Marie Panlilio, San Francisco photographer; Joe Reinstein; Trevor Martin, Jeff Philips, photographer and social technology consultant, Eric Fleischauer, Ron Faiola, author and photographer, and Steve Pantazis. Peter Exley and Tess Landon will emcee.

Buy tickets on-line. Information on-line.

« June 5, Wednesday »

Deep Foundations and Earth Retention

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - University Center, 525 South State, Lake Room
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$375.00 members, $475.00 non-members
7.5 hours of continuing education credit

A one-day seminar entitled “Deep Foundations and Earth Retention”. The morning sessions will explore basic concepts in the design of earth retention systems. The afternoon discussions will focus on the design of deep foundation systems.

Thatcher Foundations, Inc. has been in the construction business for more than fifty years. The firm specializes in deep foundation and earth retention systems, and has completed more than 3,000 successful jobs. Michael Wysockey has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Civil Engineering, specializing in geotechnical engineering. John Wysockey has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. Steve Parkinson received his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Brandon Hughes received an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Northwestern University..

Reservations and nformation on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Favorite Spaces/Places Chicago - Chicago Sinfonietta's ChiScape

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

Presentation by Don Macica, Director of Communications, Chicago Sinfonietta

Goethe supposedly said, "Architecture is music frozen in time." Join us to "defrost" this truism in a discussion about the June 9-10 Chicago Sinfonietta concerts inspired by Chicago's iconic buildings. Don Macica of the Chicago SinThe Sinfonietta has commissioned four composers to create ChiScape a four-movement work with each movement inspired by a Chicago landmark including Crown Hall, Pritzker Pavilion, the Aqua Building, and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Composers Armando Bayolo, Vivian Fung, Chris Rogerson, and Jonathan Baily Holland will discuss their work, play excerpts of what each of the movements will sound like, and share their thoughts about what inspired them. Don't miss this rare glimpse into the creative process and be the first to hear excerpts of this world premiere composition.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

A Fuller Legacy: Saving the Dome Home in Carbondale

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC and APT Western Great Lakes Chapter
Free event
1.5 LU/HSW

A special presentation on the legacy of architect R. Buckminster Fuller, FAIA (AIA Gold Medal 1970) who is best known for his geodesic dome designs. This program will explore Fuller’s life, A Fuller Legacy: Saving the Dome Home in Carbondale, presentation at AIA Chicago, June 5, 2013design work and inventions, highlight his achievements in architecture, and include a presentation on the efforts to document and preserve Fuller’s dome house in Carbondale, Illinois.

Speakers:

  • Al Gowan on Bucky’s greatest decade
  • Jon Daniel Davey, President of the Fuller Dome Home preservation project, on the inventions of R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Thad Heckman on the Dome Home of R. Buckminster and Anne Hewlett Fuller in Carbondale

Information and registration online.

AIA Chicago New Member Reception

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

Join AIA Chicago and other new members of the chapter, along with the Board of Directors and the Knowledge Community chairs, as we celebrate those who joined in the past year. You will have a chance to meet members of the chapter and to learn more about AIA on chapter, state, and national levels.

Attendance to this event is limited to members who joined between May of 2012 and May of 2013 and have an active membership.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Information online.

Urban Land Institute Chicago Urban Vision Awards

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., - Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 West 35th - a trolley will depart from 221 North Wells at 5:15 p.m., and depart Bridgeport at 8:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago
$125.00, Young Leader ticket $90.00; Elected Officials $25.00Urban Land Institute Chicago 2013 Urban Vision Awards at the Bridgeport Arts Center, June 5 2013

Recognizing Visionary Developments, Programs and Young Leaders in the Land Use and Development Fields – honoring the visionaries in our industry who abound with creativity and passion making a difference in the places where we live, work and play.

Information and registration online.

Spontaneous Interventions: Talking Latino Urbanism + Other Things

6:30 - 8:00 p.m., - New Projects, 3621 South State
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Join Spontaneous Interventions participant James Rojas at New Projects in Bronzeville in conversation with artist Maria Gaspar about forms of Latino urbanism. Rojas has closely observed Spontaneous Interventions:  Talking Latino Urbanism + Other Things, artist Maria Gaspar in conversation with James Rojas at New Projects, Bronzeville, Chicago, June 5, 2013the ways in which Latino populations in the U.S. adapt their surroundings, changing staid, auto-oriented urban neighborhoods and suburbs into hubs of lively pedestrian and commercial activity. Gaspar, an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, performance and writing, shares an interest in the transformation of sites through the collision of reality and myth. Recent projects include City As Site, a series of temporary works in collaboration with youth from the west sides of Chicago.

New Projects is an urbanism studio, research center, and exhibition space in Chicago run by architect and professor Marshall Brown and Smart Museum Deputy Director and Chief Curator Stephanie Smith

Information online.

« June 6, Thursday»

From Green Spaces to Organic Abstraction: Nature in the Work of Daniel H. Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright

12:00 p.m., - The Gratz Center, 126 East Chestnut
Sponsor: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation TrustDiane Dillon lectures on From Green Spaces to Organic Abstraction: Nature in the Work of Daniel H. Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright, at The Gratz Center, Chicago, June 6, 2013
Free event. Space limited.

Nature was at the center of the work of two of Chicago's most celebrated architects, Daniel H. Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright. How did their green visions compare? How might their ideas have been shaped by the city's environment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? What can we learn from Burnham and Wright to enrich sustainable design practices in the twenty-first century? In this illustrated lecture, Diane Dillon, Director of Scholarly and Undergraduate Programs, Newberry Library will consider these questions.

Information and registration online.

Chicago's Cable Cars

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

When most people hear "cable car" they think "San Francisco." Yet for almost a quarter century Chicago Cable Cars, lecture by Greg Borzo for Friends of Downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago boasted the largest cable car system the world has ever seen, transporting more than one billion riders. This gigantic public work filled residents with pride-and filled robber barons' pockets with money. It also sparked a cable car building boom that spread to twenty-six other U.S. cities. But after twenty-five years, the boom went bust, and Chicago abandoned its cable car system. Today, the fascinating story of the rise and fall of Chicago's cable cars is all but forgotten. Having already written the history of the "L," Greg Borzo's Chicago Cable Cars guides readers through a stretch of Chicago's transit history that most people never knew existed--even though they have been walking past, riding over and even dining in remnants of it for years.

Information: on-line.

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

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

Monthly meeting, open to the public. The Permit Review Committee will hold is regular meeting in City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 1003 at 9:00 a.m.

Times and places tentative, check website to reconfirm.

Information and agenda on-line

Next Stop BRT: 2013 Burnham Prize Winners Announced

5:30 - 6:00 p.m., reception; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., presentation, followed by brief question and answers- Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. MichiganWinners of Chicago Architectural Club's 2013 Burnham Prize competition Next Stop Bus Rapid Transit to be announced at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, June 6, 2013
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating is limited, please register in advance.
AIA/CES: 1

And the winners are . . . ! Please join The Chicago Architecture Foundation, The Chicago Architectural Club for the public announcement of the winners of the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition, which invites designers to submit visionary designs for Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Stations in Chicago. Be the first in Chicago to see the winning designs, hear from the jury, and meet winning design teams.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago BRT Steering Committee, the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and AIA Chicago. It is made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Information and registration: on-line.

ARE at AIA: Site Planning and Design

6:00 - 8:45 p.m., - Conference Center at 35 East Wacker Drive, #260 (adjacent to AIA Chicago office)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$35.00

ARE® at AIA is a review course for interns preparing to take the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). Sign up via the link here for the Site Planning & Design lecture class on Thursday, June 6 and the practice session on Monday, June 10.

Hand-outs for the lecture class will be e-mailed to participants on Thursday before class. Practice tests and answer sheets will be distributed at the Monday practice session.

Beverages and snacks will be provided at all classes (participants are welcome to bring their own refreshments, although the slaughtering of meat in the conference center proper is prohibited).

Information online.

« June 7, Friday»

Opening Reception: Marshall Brown, Center of the World, Chicago

Opening Reception: Marshall Brown, Center of the World, Western Exhibitions Scott Speh Gallery, June 7, 2013
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Western Exhibitions Scott Speh Gallery, 845 West Washington
Sponsor: Western Exhibitions Scott Speh Gallery

Marshall Brown, urban designer and architect, has constructed three scenarios — one political, one economic, one cultural — for the future of the Chicago Circle. The heart of legendary architect Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago was the Civic Center, located on the city’s cardinal axis, Congress Parkway. Burnham’s Civic Center was never built. Instead of his monument to democracy, we have the Circle Interchange – third worst traffic interchange in America, responsible for the loss of 25 million driving hours per year. Brown’ show at Western Exhibitions, his first at the gallery, Center of the World, Chicago will feature models, photomontage, and a trio of original videograms that project histories of Chicago’s future as the center of the world.

The show will run through July 20. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

Information online.

 

 

« June 8, Saturday»

Pathway to Sustainability

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00
in advance; $12.00 at the door
Credit: AIA/CES

Presenter: Timothy Heppner, Ecotelligent Design

This seminar will provide simple guidelines that can move your residence closer towards sustainability. It will discuss embodied energy, water management, heat flow, moisture control, energy efficiency, composting and victory gardens.

Information and registration online.

Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Competition Awards Presentation BanquetStructural Engineers Association of Illinois Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

7:30 - 11:30 p.m. - the Library at 190 South LaSalle, 40th Floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$150.00

The 2013 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards will be presented at this evening's Annual Awards Dinner.

The Finalists presented their entries at the May Dinner Meeting on May 7, 2013. The winners will be chosen by a group of distinguished judges, including David Corr, Northwestern University; Walt Eckenhoff, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects; Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners Structural Engineers; Soliman Khudeira, Chicago Department of Transportation; Scott Timcoe, Hines; and Tudor Van Hampton, Engineer News Record

RSVP by 5/31, contact Donna Childs at 312/726.4165 ext 200 or via email. Information and list of finalists on-line.

 

« June 9, Sunday»

Chi-Scape Pre-Preformance Discussion with Andrew Patner and the Chicago Sinfonietta

Chicago Sinfonietta premieres Chiscape, with pre-concert panel with composers Armando Bayolo, Vivian Fung, Chris Rogerson and Jonathan Baily Holland at Symphony Center, Chicago, June 9, 20131:45 p.m. per-concert program; 3:00 p.m., concert - Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Sinfonietta
$26.00 - 96.00. CAF members can purchase tickets at a 20% discount using the code: CAF2013

Join the Chicago Sinfonietta for an engaging discussion prior to its concert performance that features the world premiere of Chiscape, four original movements inspired by four iconic Chicago buildings: Crown Hall, Pritzker Pavilion, Aqua, and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Join composers Armando Bayolo, Vivian Fung, Chris Rogerson, and Jonathan Baily Holland as they discuss their work, describe what each of the movements will sound like, and share their thoughts about what inspired them. Andrew Patner will moderate this rare glimpse into the creative process. Attend the 3pm concert directly after to experience the fully completed work and enjoy the rest of the repertoire for this unusual performance.

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

« June 10, Monday»

NeoCon Keynote: Bjarke Ingels

8:00 - 9:00 a.m., The Merchandise Mart, 222 West Merchandise Mart PlazaBjarke Ingels of BIG delivers keynote at NeoCon 2013 at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, June 10, 2013
Sponsor: NeoCon
Free event

Founder of BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group in New York and Denmark, Ingels has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Ingels has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011 and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award.

Information: on-line.

SET OFF: SAIC Final Graduate Exhibition, Reception and Panel Discussion

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., panel discussion, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., panel discussion, Sullivan Galleries, 33 South State
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Free event

SET OFF is curated and designed by SAIC faculty member and architect Odile Compagnon and SET OFF: Saic Final Graduate Exhibition, Reception and Panel Discussion at the Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, June 10, 2013independent designer and SAIC alumna Lynn Lim (MDes 2010). The curators note several common threads behind the exhibition’s title. “Sharing a speculative and inquisitive energy, the 42 exhibited projects measure overlooked or assumed practices, urban spaces, and morphologies—and they do so by using heavy contrast, offsetting the issue or place from its usual context. Also, each proposal is a spark, initiating the future movement and direction of every graduating designer.”

SAIC’s Post-Baccalaureate Studio Exhibition, the GFRY Studio exhibition A View with a Room, and whatnotand Functional Fiction—a pair of design exhibitions originally presented in Milan and New York City, respectively—are also presented June 8–July 5. 

Information: on-line.

« June 11, Tuesday»

NeoCon Keynote: Michael Vanderbyl

8:00 - 9:00 a.m., The Merchandise Mart, 222 West Merchandise Mart PlazaMichael Vanderbyl of Vanderbyl Design delivers keynote at NeoCon 2013 at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, June 10, 2013
Sponsor: NeoCon
Free event

A 2012 Interior Design Hall of Fame award recipient, Vanderbyl has gained international prominence in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic and advocate. Since being established in San Francisco in 1973, his firm – Vanderbyl Design – has evolved into a multidisciplinary studio with expertise in identity, print and digital communications, interiors, showrooms, retail spaces, signage, textiles, fashion apparel, packaging, furniture and product design. Michael will be joined by four of his clients as they discuss and share their combined 90 years of the designer-client relationship.

Panelists: David Feldberg, President & CEO of Teknion; Janice Feldman, President & CEO of JANUS et Cie; Christian G. Plasman, President of Van Peursem Ltd; and Kevin Stark, President of HBF. Moderator: Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design Magazine

Information: on-line.

NeoCon Keynote: Holly Hunt

1:00 p.m., The Merchandise Mart, 222 West Merchandise Mart PlazaHolly Hunt delivers keynote at NeoCon 2013 at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, June 10, 2013
Sponsor: NeoCon
Free event

President and CEO of Holly Hunt, Hunt’s brand has become the premier design and distribution entity for high end interior furnishings in the country. She has often been credited with raising the bar in interior design showrooms. Home & Garden magazine recognized Holly Hunt as the Top Showroom in their Best of the Best awards three years in a row.

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

Energy Efficiency for Nonprofit Organizations

6:00. - 12:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event


Presenter: Sarah Moloney, IFF & Dara Reiff, CNT Energy

For nonprofit organizations, "going green" makes sense. Energy efficiency and sustainability align closely with nonprofit missions and can help organizations realize substantial cost savings on their utilities bills - money that can be invested back into programming. In this session, experts from IFF and CNT Energy will present resources and best practices for nonprofits that are interested in becoming more energy efficient. This seminar will be ideal for nonprofit professionals and board members.

Information and registration online.

« June 12, Wednesday»

NeoCon Keynote: Lauren Rottet

8:00 - 9:00 a.m., The Merchandise Mart, 222 West Merchandise Mart PlazaLauren Rottet of Rottet Studio delivers keynote at NeoCon 2013 at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, June 10, 2013
Sponsor: NeoCon
Free event

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, interior architect, designer, and founder of Rottet Studio, is equally known for her expertise and leadership in the design of office environments, hotels and now residences. In particular, she is cited for her expertise in advancing office design to reflect a current approach based on technology, contemporary methods of working and bringing a more relaxed hospitality approach to the office. Among her extraordinary record of awards, publications, juries and honors, Rottet recently became the only woman in history to be elevated to Fellow status by both the American Institute of Architects and International Interior Design Association.

Information: on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Favorite Spaces/Places Chicago - Aon Plaza, An Unvisited Gem; McCormick Place (east building);The Elevated in the Loop

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 Ed McDevitt, CAF Docent, Ellen Shubart, CAF Docent, William Meyer, CAF Docent CAF documents talk about Aon Plaza, McCormick Place East and the Loop L at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, June 12, 2013

Please join us to discover unexpected and unique elements of three favored Chicago Places/Spaces selected by three Chicago Architecture Foundation Docents—experts on giving tours of varied aspects of Chicago’s built environment and frequent tour leaders of many Chicago places and spaces. Drop by to learn more about the Aon Placa, a sculpture mini-gallery from the past and present that nobody knows about; McCormick Place, and examine the Elevated around the Loop.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form

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


Screening of Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form, a documentary that presents a fresh look at the architect, craftsman, urban theorist, and philosopher, Paolo Soleri. An early Graham grantee, Soleri is well known as the creator of Arcosanti, an experimental settlement north of Phoenix, intended to be an alternative to urban sprawl. Following the screening, join us for a Q&A with co-producer Roger Tomalty and filmmaker Aimee Madsen, and a reception in the Madlener House library.

RSVP and information: on-line.

« June 13, Thursday»

The Chicago Energy Challenge: Solutions to Making Chicago More Competitive, Livable and Sustainable

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., - Harris Bank Auditorium, 115 South LaSalle Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings
$125.00 for members; $150.00 non-members
4 LU/HSW

On June 5, 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative, a voluntary program to accelerate energy efficiency in large commercial buildings across the city. Commercial Buildings Initiative participants are taking action to reduce energy usage by at least 20% in the next five years, sharing progress and efficiency successes with the public, and serving as ambassadors to other buildings that are interested in increasing their energy efficiency.

Speakers: Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago; Luke Leung, director, SOM Chicago; Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, Associate Director, SOM Chicago; Craig Seiben and Phil Keuhn, Seiben Energy Associates; Darren Meyers, International Energy Conservation Consultants, LLC.

Roundtable Discussion: moderator - Jamie Ponce Chicago City Director, C40 – Clinton Climate Initiative; Susan Hammer, Riverview Realty Partners; Robert S. Best, Jones Lang LaSalle.

Information and registration online.

Transforming the Chicago River into the City’s Second Waterfront

12:15 p.m. - Claudia Cassidy Auditorium, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East WashingtonTranforming the Chicago River into the City's Second Waterfront, Friends of the Parks lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center, June 13, 2013
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
Free event

Hear about the city’s plans to transform the Chicago River from an industrial river to a recreational amenity. Learn about the four new boathouses for canoeing, kayaking and rowing sports along with an expanded river walk and new river-edge parks.

Information: on-line.

Shifting Suburbs

4:00. - 6:45 p.m., - the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, 2815 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago
$70.00 members, $90.00 non-members, $45.00 Young Leader member, $20.00 Student member

Over the last two decades, suburban places have launched important initiatives aimed at meeting shifting market demands for higher-density living and additional transit options like biking and walking. Across the country, suburban places are working to reimagine their future and to build or rebuild in more compact and sustainable ways. Infrastructure is and will be a key piece of compact suburban growth. Developers and municipalities must determine how to plan, fund, and finance the often costly and complicated infrastructure required for suburban compact growth. Join us as we explore what works and what does not work in suburban redevelopment, what is happening nationwide, and where American suburbs are heading.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow & Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute

Local Panel:

  • Todd Berlinghof, Developer, Hamilton Partners
  • Steve Friedman, President, SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Mike Gresk, Mayor, City of Wheaton & Assistant Vice President – Business Development, Providence Bank

Information and registration online.

A “Fireside Chat” with Wayne Ruga: New Research in Designing Environments to Improve Lives, Organizations, and Communities

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, 224 South Michigan Avenue, #1000
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Free for members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Dr. Wayne Ruga, FAIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID, founder of The CARITAS Project, the Center for Health Design, and the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, will challenge our practice paradigms and inspire our creative aspirations with a participatory discussion of a new research-based design method called “generative space” that he has developed and tested in global applications.
Wayne will be leading a Generative Space Master Class on September 30 at Lurie Children’s Hospital, as a Pre-Conference Workshop of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo on Oct. 1-3 at Navy Pier.

Information online.

The Tobey Furniture Company of Chicago

6:00 p.m., reception with light refreshments; 7:00 p.m. lecture - Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of the Second Presbyterian Church, Historic Pullman FoundationThe Tobey Furniture Company of Chicago, lecture by Peter Copeland at the Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago,
$5.00 suggested donation.

Lecture by collector and publisher Peter Copeland. The Tobey Furniture Company was established in Chicago by Charles Tobey in 1856. The company survived the Panic of 1857 and the Chicago Fire of 1871 to become Chicago's, and one of the nation's, premier furniture manufacturing and retailing companies. Over the span of its nearly one hundred years in business, Tobey supplied the highest quality furniture and furnishings, in many styles, to the homes and businesses of Chicago and the rest of the country. Second Presbyterian Church's St. Margaret and St. Cecilia windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones came from the William Morris Memorial Room at the Tobey store.

Information online.

ARE at AIA: Programming, Planning & Practice

6:00 - 8:45 p.m., - Conference Center at 35 East Wacker Drive, #260 (adjacent to AIA Chicago office)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$35.00

ARE® at AIA is a review course for interns preparing to take the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). Click on the link below to sign up for the Programming, Planning & Practice lecture class on Thursday, June 13 and the practice session on Monday, June 17.

Hand-outs for the lecture class will be e-mailed to participants on Thursday before class. Practice tests and answer sheets will be distributed at the Monday practice session.

Beverages and snacks will be provided at all classes (participants are welcome to bring their own refreshments and balloons.)

Information online.

« June 18, Tuesday »

Universal Design: 2013 Update

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. - Hafele Showroom – 154 W. Hubbard
Sponsor: Hafele Chicago Showroom
Free event, RSVP (Note: this event is currently listed as sold out)
1 LU/HSW

With universal design going mainstream, it comes as no surprise that a national standard relating to Universal Design: 2013 Update, presentation by Mary Jo Peterson at the Hafele Chicago showroom, June 18, 2013UD has been introduced. In addition, designers of space and product are turning their focus to the experience of their designs for people of varying sizes, ages, and abilities, and the result is some pretty interestingt design. Award-wining designer Mary Jo Peterson
will offer an overview of what's new in universal design, with a focus on the kitchen and the bath, as we move through 2013.

Information and registration: on-line.

Martin Adolfsson: Suburbia Gone Wild

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Public Works, 1539 North Damen
Sponsor: MAS ContextPhotographer Martin Adolfsson will discuss Suburbia Gone Wold for MAS Context at Public Works, Chicago, June 18, 2013
Free event; seating limited

For the past six years Martin Adolfsson has been photographing model homes built for the newly minted upper middle class in emerging economies around the world. The model home works as a 1:1 scale “no assembly required” model for the potential home buyer that is fully decorated up to and including family photos of John Kerry. The work expands across every continent and includes the suburbs of Bangkok, Shanghai, Bangalore, Cairo, Moscow, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Mexico City. “Suburbia Gone Wild” was featured in the Ownership issue of MAS Context. Check it out here.

The event will include a conversation with Natasha Egan, director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College and graphic designer Larry Mayorga who designed the limited-edition book for the series (and the cover for our Boundary issue).

Information online.

« June 19, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Favorite Spaces/Places Chicago - Pullman-Creating Cultural Renaissance

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 Lynn McClure, National Parks Conservation Association; Arthur Pearson, PCO Pullman-Creating Cultural Renaissance, a presentation at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, June 19, 2013Artspace Committee; Mike Wagenbach, Pullman State Historic Site

This lunch program will feature presentations by principle organizations transforming Pullman into Chicago's premier far-south cultural destination. Extraordinary capital investment, robust cultural programming, creative reuse of railcar factory for artists' live/work/exhibit space and broad-based support to designate Pullman as a National HIstoric Park are steaming ahead toward neighborhood transformation.

This presentation will also be streamed on-line.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Version Festival at Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good [gallery walkthrough]

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous InterventionsVersion Festival at Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, gallery walkthrough, at the Chicago Cultural Center, June 19, 2013
Free event

Version Festival is a participant in the Spontaneous Interventions exhibition, organized by Cathy Lang Ho on behalf of the Institute for Urban Design. Join us for a tour and discussion about tactical urbanism at the Cultural Center and in the pop-up pavilion in Millennium Park.

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good features 84 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists and everyday citizens that bring positive change to neighborhoods and cities.

Information online.

« June 20, Monday »

Designing Safe and Sustainable Buildings with Channel Glass Wall Systems

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KCDesigning Safe and Sustainable Buildings with Channel Glass Wall Systems, presentation by Marc Fink of Bendheim Wall Systems at AIA Chicago, June 20, 2013
Free for members; $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

Marc Fink of Bendheim Wall Systems examines the structural properties and design benefits of channel glass wall systems and their contributions to safer and increasingly sustainable buildings. Discussions cover the raw materials used in the production of channel glass, channel glass textures enhancing the system's daylighting capabilities, thermal performance coatings, and insulation materials that improve the building's energy efficiency. A number of LEED® project case studies demonstrate how channel glass wall systems can directly contribute to a building's sustainability goals.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

Wells Street Bridge Rehabilitation: A Moveable Monument Restored

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

Presentation by Bill Grosche, AIA, and Carri Andrews, Assoc AIA, Johnson Lasky Architects; Wells Street Bridge Rehabilitation: A Moveable Monument Restored, presentation by Bill Grosche, Carri Andrews and Terry Sullivans for Landmarks Illinois at the Chicago Cultural Center, June 20, 2013(Tentative) Terry Sullivan, Muller and Muller

Since its construction in 1922, many changes have been made to the Well Street Bridge and bridge houses that have chipped away at the clarity of their original designs. The bridge houses retain much of their historic integrity, but original materials have deteriorated and modern equipment has been inappropriately added. Working closely with a large engineering team, the architects for this project are guiding preservation and restoration of the defining features of this historic structure.

This presentation will focus on the history of the bridge – the history of the crossing and its place within the typology of Chicago’s bascule bridges, and also on the preservation scope for this project: reconstructing the interior finishes, historically sensitive cleaning and repair of the granite facades and abutments, repair and reconstruction of the terra cotta tile roof, reconstruction of the original pedestrian bridge railing, restoration of bronze plaques and bells, and historically appropriate pedestrian lighting design. Particular challenges of this large coordination and engineering effort will also be addressed.

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

Common Cause: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright

6:00 p.m., - Pritzker Auditorium, Monroe Building, 104 South Michigan
Sponsor: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Free event. Space limited.Common Cause: Charlies Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, a lecture by Pamela Robertson of the University of Glascow for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust at the Pritzker Auditorium, Monroe Buildig, Chicago, June 20, 2013

A lecture by Pamela Robertson, Professor of Mackintosh Studies and Senior Curator, Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

Nikolaus Pevsner described Charles Rennie Mackintosh as “the European counterpart of Frank Lloyd Wright,” but has that assessment stood the test of time and is there common cause in their apparently distinct careers? This presentation seeks common ground and shared experience through an evaluation of Mackintosh’s architectural and interior designs, their cultural and ideological origins, and the early critical reputation of both men. The lecture draws on the findings of the major research project currently underway at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning.

Information and registration online.

« June 22, Saturday »

Corporate Sustainability Strategies

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00
in advance; $12.00 at the door

Presenter: Dr. Aarti Sharma, Sustainable Value Alliance LLC

In this seminar, Dr. Aarti Sharma highlights how corporations in different parts of the world are integrating principles of environmental conservation, social equity and economic development in their business model to grow their market and gain competitive advantage in the industry.

Information and registration online.

Skyscraper History: Looking Back While Looking Up

12:00 p.m, registration, 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., - Leroy Neiman Center, 37 South Wabash
Sponsor: APT Western Great Lakes Chapter, SAIC
$50.00 members, $75.00 members
6 AIA CEU

Current high-rise developments in the Middle East and Asia have renewed interest in the skyscraper as a technical achievement and as a cultural phenomenon. As towers reach toward the mythical one-kilometer mark overseas; however, historic skyscrapers in Chicago and elsewhere face uncertain future. This symposium will bring together architects and debate the city's place in the history of this building type.

Information and registration online.

 

« June 23, Sunday »

Exploring the White City

11:00 a.m. - Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Sponsor: Museum of Science and Industry
$20.00 members; $25.00 non-members, plus required museum entry

Exploring the White City, UCLA simulation presentation with Lisa M. Snyder and Tim Samuelson, at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, June 23, 2013
Back for one day only, wewly updated and returning as part of the Museum's 80th anniversary, this fascinating virtual simulation tour of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition is your chance for a hosted trip back through time.

Dr. Lisa M. Snyder from the Urban Simulation Team at UCLA will be presenting the computer reconstruction of the White City using real-time visual simulation technology. Tim Samuelson, cultural historian for the City of Chicago, will provide expert commentary and insight.
This year's presentation will feature new additions to the reconstruction model, featuring an exploration of Louis Sullivan's stunning Transportation Building, as well as Festival Hall, and the Wisconsin and Illinois state buildings.
(90 minutes plus a Q&A session.)

Ticket purchase and information online.

Building a Century of Progress

1:00 p.m. - Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Sponsor: Museum of Science and Industry
$20.00 members; $25.00 non-members, plus required museum entry

Building a Century of Progress, presentation with Lisa Schrenk and Tim Samuelson, at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, June 23, 2013
Join us as Lisa Schrenk, associate professor of Architectural History at the University of Arizona, discusses the development of the pavilion and exhibit designs for the Century of Progress International Exposition, including exhibit displays that came here to the Museum of Science and Industry after the fair. Tim Samuelson, cultural historian for the City of Chicago, will join her to provide expert commentary and insight.

Learn about the prominent use of modern architectural forms and materials, and how the innovative, eye-catching methods of display within the colorful pavilions were used to generate excitement about the potential for science and technology to improve the future. The Hall of Science, the House of Tomorrow, the Radio Flyer pavilion, the "breathable" dome of the Travel and Transport Building, the GM Chevrolet assembly line, the Transparent Man and other medical exhibits, including human body slices, are all discussed in this engaging and elaborately illustrated presentation. (90 minutes plus a Q&A session.)

Ticket purchase and information online.

« June 24, Monday »

New Skate Park and Roosevelt Road pedestrian and bike design changes

6:30 p.m., Northerly Island Fieldhouse, 1521 South Linn White Drive
Sponsor: Grant Park Conservancy/Advisory Council
Free event

The Chicago Park District, GPC/GPAC and Altamanu will host a public input meeting and open-house on concept plans for the exciting, new Grant Park skate plaza and small, open-air performance area to be built below-grade on the south end of Grant Park. The site is roughly three New Skate Park and Roosevelt Road pedestrian and bike design changes discussed at meeting of Grant Park Conservancy/Advisory Council, June 24, 2013acres and stretches from the 11th Street ped./bike bridge to Roosevelt Road just east of the Agora sculptures. This is an ideal site given the slopes down from Grant Park and Roosevelt Road and it is currently barren land that is sunken below grade.

This park/plaza is going to be one of the first innovative, green skate parks built in a global city's downtown front yard. We want your input on the design ideas on the project so far. The area will also be very green with all sorts of trees and open areas for those not skating. This skate park is being designed in conjunction with GPC/GPAC and Chicago skateboarders. As it develops more and more interesting textures, terracing and materials will be put into the final design. This could include using railroad rails for skate boarding objects and for indestructible staircase railings. With design, we will also pay homage to the former Central Station and the existing railroad tracks.

At the same time that the skate park is being planned, there is ongoing planning and coordination with CDOT for the most up-to-date and innovate bike/pedestrian greenway along Roosevelt Road. CDOT is redesigning Roosevelt Road's sidewalks, bike lanes, and landscaping from State to Columbus to make it far more bike and pedestrian-friendly and a more efficient and safe connection to the CTA's Red, Green and Orange Lines and several buses. This will also involve more greening and trees and developing more efficient ways of connecting to the Metra Station on the south end of Grant Park.

Updates will also be presented on Maggie Daley Park and updates on Northerly Island.

Divina Natura Italian Light Show at the Field Museum

9:30 p.m., North Lawn, Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Sponsor: The Field Museum, The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
Free event

The Field Museum’s grand façade will transform into a mesmerizing panorama of light created by internationally renowned Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli. Through a magical performance of Divina Natura Italian Light Show at the Field Museum, Chicago, June 24, 2013music, poetry, and spectacular light projections, Rotelli will showcase his contemporary twist on Dante’s Divine Comedy that celebrates the history and achievements in Italian culture. Divina Natura will incorporate projected text and images that will interact with the building’s classical architectural elements, taking attendees on a voyage that delves into the mind of Dante and his struggle through the sinful circles of hell. The event will incorporate spoken word with readings by respected poets, both in English and a variety of global tongues, and the sonic atmosphere will include a soundtrack by soprano Karolina Dvorakova and a soundtrack by Adrian Leverkuhn and Thomas Masters.

Information on-line.

« June 25, Tuesday »

A Swiss View: Urbanism and the Future of Cities: 5, 10, and 50 years from Now

4:00 -6:00 p.m., panel discussion; 6:00 - 6:30- p.m., reception- DePaul University, 1 East Jackson, A Swiss View: Urbanism and the Future of Cities: 5, 10 and 50 years from Now, panel discussion with Tom Jacobs, Hanno Weber and Susanne Cannon, sponsored by the Swiss-American Business Council, at DePaul University, Chicago, June 25, 20135th Floor
Sponsor: Swiss-American Business Council, Driehaus Graduate School of Business, AIA
Free event; RSVP by June 18


A panel discussion with Tom Jacobs of Krueck and Sexton and Hanno Weber, Hanno Weber and Associates; moderated by Susanne Cannon, Chair of DePaul's Department of Real Estate.

Information and RSVP online.

Making Your Development Approval Process an Economic Development Tool

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

As we emerge from the Great Recession, communities with a predictable development review and approval process have a powerful competitive advantage in attracting private investment and economic development. Now, more than ever, limited access to capital, weaker markets, and less ability (or willingness) to share financial incentives is steering good development toward "easier" Making Your Development Approval Process an Economic Development Tool, lecture by Michael Blue of Teska Associates at APA Chicago, June 25, 2013environments. "Winning" communities are delivering a predictable entitlement process that advances the community's planning and development objectives and rewards good development with less stress and less delay.

This concept is not about giving away the store, "padding" anybody's bottom line, or accepting undesirable development. The focus is on a balance between the assurance that communities must have from an approval and the predictability a developer seeks in navigating that process.

Michael Blue, FAICP, from Teska Associates will draw on his experience managing municipal development departments and serving clients as a consultant to outline how communities can evaluate their approval systems with an eye toward securing desirable outcomes. The session will focus on questions such as: What parts of the approval process are most essential? What elements may be missing from your process that can provide greater confidence to city and developer?

Information and RSVP: on-line

Green Building, Smart Building: Leveraging Green Building as an Asset for Your Company

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00
in advance; $12.00 at the door

Presenter: Lisa Elkins, 2 Point Perspective

With tens of thousands of businesses operating in Chicago, keeping Chicagoans informed about their green building options is critical. Join LEED accredited architect Lisa Elkins of 2 Point Perspective as she uses a variety of entertaining case studies to showcase how businesses have used different approaches to make green architecture a powerful asset for their company. The lecture will cover a variety of options for greening existing spaces and buildings as well as new spaces and buildings! The basics of LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings will be covered in the process. Business owners who are interested in making the leap into green as well as anyone looking to learn more about eco-friendly commercial architecture will enjoy this presentation.

Information and registration online.

2030 Commitment Chicago Working Group meeting

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


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

Information online.

« June 26, Wednesday »

Urban Farming in Chicago, the City's new "Growth" Industry

11:30 a.m. - - 1:30 p.m. - East Bank Club, 500 North Kingsbury
Sponsor: CREW Chicago
$50.00 members, $75.00 non-members; $10.00 additional charge day before event; $25.00 additional charge for day-of-event registration

The City of Chicago is experiencing a rapid expansion and diversification of urban agricultural ventures. These ventures include vertical farms, farming of vacant and abandoned parcels, hydroponic farms, specialized distribution centers for locally-grown produce, micro-farms on restaurant rooftops and schools devoted to urban agriculture, to name just a few.

This event offers an engaging and critical discussion of Chicago’s urban agricultural scene with key leaders in the “field” (pun intended), including Michael Hoadley, President of FEWZION as moderator, Bral Spight, President and CEO of Urban Ponics, Robin Nicolaus, Sustainable Programs Coordinator with Testa Produce and Kathleen Dickhut, Deputy Commissioner of the Sustainable Development Division of the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development as panelists.

We will particularly explore the economic viability and the metropolitan impact of these land uses. In terms of economic viability - how are these ventures financing their start-up costs and operating costs? What have been their leading sources and types of private sector financing? What has been the role of financial subsidies, land grants and intellectual support from public and institutional sectors? What are the greatest obstacles and opportunities for establishing and growing urban agricultural ventures in the next 10 years? And in terms of metropolitan impact, what is the actual and potential scale of these ventures in terms of tax and job generation? What is the value proposition for the environment?

Information and registration on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Favorite Spaces/Places Chicago - The "Original" Sears Tower

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: 1The Original Sears Tower, presentation by Kristin Dean of the Foundation for Homan Square at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, June 26, 2013

Kristin Dean, President, Foundation for Homan Square

When people think of the “Sears Tower” rarely does a 14-story structure in North Lawndale come to mind – the original Sears Tower. When this 1906 tower was completed, it was the centerpiece of the world’s largest commercial building – a fitting home for what would later become the “World’s Largest Store.” Find out about its original design, program history and function, and the current state of the building and Foundation for Homan Square’s vision for the future for the North Lawndale community.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« June 27, Thursday »

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

10:00 a..m., City Hall, Room 201-A, 121 North LaSalle

Special meeting on proposed renovations to Wrigley Field.

Information and agenda on-line

Where If Not Us? Opening Reception Where If Not Us? Opening reception for exhibition at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, June 27, 2013

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


A reception marking the opening of Where If Not Us? — Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches. The exhibition will open with remarks from architect Mathias Heyden, artist Ines Schaber, and Graham Foundation director Sarah Herda followed by a reception.

RSVP and information: on-line.

Tour: New Offices of the Joyce Foundation

6:00 - 7:00 p.m., - 321 North Clark Street, Suite 1500 (meet in the 1st floor lobby)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Interior Architecture KC and HOK
Free for members, $15.00 for non-members
1 LU/HSW

Visit the new offices of the Joyce Foundation, designed by HOK, and see how (5) change management principles can be satisfied through the design process and yield a successful project. Project designers from HOK will lead a tour and explain:

  • what is accomplished by visioning sessions with the client
  • what are the quantitative outcomes for programming and interviews
  • discuss how the results, both the space and its furnishing, support the client’s vision
  • the value of a post-occupancy evaluation

Renae Bradshaw, Christopher Liu, and Sylvia Obiedzinski, IIDA, from HOK will be our speakers and tour leaders.

The Joyce Foundation supports the development of policies that both improve the quality of life for people in the Great Lakes region and serve as models for the rest of the country.

Information and registration online.

Illinois Statewide Preservation Conference

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois, Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commission
$90.00; $80.00 for Landmarks Illinois members; $60.00 Friday only; $40.00 Saturday only

Opening reception for this year's conference and Landmarks Illinois' 42nd Annual Meeting, an Illinois Statewide Preservation Conference, opening reception at Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois, June opportunity to meet Landmarks Illinois board of directors and staff, and catch-up with friends and colleagues. Built in 1913 as the First Church of Christ, Scientist, and designed by S. S. Beman in the Classical-Revival style, the building was converted to the Nichols Concert Hall, a 500-seat recital space and schoolfor the Music Institute of Chicago. The layout of the former church building proved an ideal fit for a music education center. Landmarks Illinois awarded the project a 2003 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Adaptive Use.

Information and registration online.

Take the Green Office Challenge!

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event:


Presenter: Vanessa Roanhorse, Delta Institute


The Chicago Green Office Challenge is a City of Chicago initiative launched in 2008 to encourage friendly competition amongst commercial offices and buildings to make Chicago more livable, sustainable and prosperous by reducing energy, water and waste consumption. The Green Office Challenge is free to play and open to the entire City of Chicago to engage colleagues, earn points, have fun and receive public recognition for your work! Join Vanessa Roanhorse to learn what’s involved and how you can get your business signed up.

Information and registration online.

Marshall Brown + Geof Oppenheimer discuss Architecture, Power, and the Urban Imaginary

6:00 p.m., - Western Exhibitions Scott Speh Gallery, 845 West Randolph
Sponsor: Western Exhibitions Scott Spech Gallery
Free event, open to the public

This conversation highlights Marshall Brown’s current show, Center of the World, Chicago. The cornerstone of the show is Brown’s 15-minute digital animation The Center of the World: Histories Marshall Brown and Geof Oppenheimer discuss Architecture, Power, and the Urban Imaginary, at Western Exhibitions Scott Speh Gallery, Chicago, June 27, 2013of Chicago’s Future That title also acts as thesis for the show, which presents three scenarios for not just the future of Chicago, but the future of the United States and beyond. The projections outlined in the video look at alternative political, economic and socio/spiritual possibilities for the transformation of the Circle Interchange, the original city center of Daniel Burnham’s legendary plan, are at once plausible, utopian and thought-provoking.

During the talk, Geof Oppenheimer, whose own art practice takes up similar questions of civic value and social structures as the Marshall Brown's but in radically different forms , will tour the show together, discussing the ideas posited in the video as well as the architectural models and unique photomontages presented in the front room of Western Exhibitions. The conversation will be casual and questions from the audience are encouraged.

Information online.

Evanston 150 Years, 150 Places - Book Launch

6:30 p.m., - First Bank and Trust, 820 Church Street, EvanstonEvanston 150 Years, 150 Places, - book launch with author signings, First Bank and Trust, Evanston, June 27, 2013
Sponsor: City of Evanston, Design Evanston
Free event. RSVP by June 24.

Celebrate the launch of the new book, Evanston:150 Years, 150 Places, featuring the best of Evanston’s oldest and newest places. Design Evanston’s book committee, Stuart Cohen, Kris Hartzell, Heidrun Hoppe, Laura Saviano and Jack Weiss, gathered nominations from professionals and lay people throughout the Evanston community. They worked for nearly two years to catalog selections, gather photographs, research information, write text and design the book.

The authors will be on-hand to sign copies of the book, softbound $15.00; hardcover $25.00.

Information and RSVP online.

The Art of Architecture: Today’s African-American, Afro-European and African Architects

7:00 p.m., - Woodson Regional Library, 9525 South HalstedCarolyn Armenta Davis lectures on The Art of Architecture: Today's African-American, Afro-European and African Architects, at the Woodson Regional Library, Chicago, June 27, 2013
Sponsor: Woodson Regional Library
Free event

Join architectural historian Carolyn Armenta Davis for a discussion of Black architects and the diverse cultures in which they live and create. Davis's Design Diaspora: Black Architects and International Architecture 1970-1990 exhibition, was the first international show on 50 contemporary Black architects – 35 from the USA and 15 colleagues from the Americas, Europe and Arica. From 1993-2000, her exhibition toured to twenty venues on four continents earning audiences and media accolades. Davis’ research on Black Diaspora women architects
is archived at Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Information online.

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Illinois Statewide Preservation ConferenceIllinois State Preservation Conference, Orrington Hotel, Evanston, June 28-29, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., -Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois,, Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commission
$90.00; $80.00 for Landmarks Illinois members; $60.00 Friday only; $40.00 Saturday only

Opening day of two-conference includes Keynote form Kevin Kirkpatrick, Executive VP/Principal, Metropolitan Group, Making Historic Preservation Relevant in Today's World. Full schedule of sessions on-line.

Information and registration online.

Public Discussion: Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches

6:00 p.m. - Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton
Public Discussion: Participator Design and its Radical Approaches, panel discussion with Mathias Heyden, Ines Schaber, Roberta Feldman, Landon Bone Baker Architects and Henry Sanoff, at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, June 28, 2013Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event. RSVP.


A public discussion with architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber about their Graham-funded research and exhibition Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches. Brief presentations by exhibition participants Roberta Feldman, Landon Bone Baker Architects, and Henry Sanoff will be followed by an open discussion about the past, present, and future of participatory design in Chicago and beyond.

RSVP and information: on-line.

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Illinois Statewide Preservation Conference

8:00 a.m. - noon, -Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois,, Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commission
$90.00; $80.00 for Landmarks Illinois members; $60.00 Friday only; $40.00 Saturday only

Closing day of two-conference includes Surveying in the Digital Age moderated by Terry Tatum, Director of Research, Historic Preservation Division, City of Chicago.. Full schedule of sessions on-line.

Information and registration online.

CDH Cancer Center and CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center (Cancer Care Environments: The Architecture of Healing and Renewal #2)

9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m., - CDH Cancer Center, 4405 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC; RTKL; others
Free event - Limited to 30 participants.
3 LU/HSW

One of the challenges in contemporary health care is providing optimal service with maximum efficiency. The most dramatic recent advance in cancer care has CHD Cancer Center and CHD Proton Center, A Procure Center, Cancer Care Environments: The Architecture of Healing and Renewal, AIA Chicago event, June 20, 2013been the arrival of Proton Beam Therapy, which offers a major increase in accuracy and effectiveness while attracting significant notoriety in the healthcare debate. This event will discuss the technology and architectural planning for Proton Beam Therapy and contemporary cancer centers, and offers participants the opportunity to tour two state-of-the-art facilities operated by Central DuPage Hospital for the treatment of cancer.


Environments for the diagnosis, treatment, and care of cancer and related diseases will be the focus of AIA Chicago’s Healthcare Knowledge Community in 2013. Six events, which are open to architects, hospital administrators, facility managers, and medical professionals, will provide participants with knowledge and insights from speakers including architects, oncologists, caregivers, and planners. The series includes presentations and opportunities to see recently-constructed facilities dedicated to cancer care.

Information and registration online.

Scholarly Perspectives on Spontaneous Interventions

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., - Michigan Galleries, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Spontaneous Interventions
Free event

Social scientists and architecture and design scholars from the University of Chicago, Northern Illinois, Berkeley, and the Art Institute discuss questions raised by the projects presented in the exhibition as well as their own relevant research, and their implications for understanding Chicago, the Great Lakes Region, and the contemporary city in general. Topics will include inequality and poverty, planning and sustainability, legality and privilege, urban renewal and gentrification, and the unique problems and opportunities presented in post-industrial cities.

Gordon Douglas will moderate a panel with Jeffrey Kidder, Northern Illinois University; David Schalliol, University of Chicago; and other local scholars

Information online.

 

 
     
     
     

 

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