Exhibitions
   
   
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                        
          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, through 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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March 2013 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

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« March 1, Friday »

SEAOI 2013 Trade Show

7:30 - 11::30 a.m.,(breakfast scheduled for 8:30 a.m.), University Club, 76 East Monroe, Ninth Floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$12.00 members, $15.00 non-members

This is a once-a-year opportunity for all building professionals to learn about recent developments in the construction industry. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet with company representatives whose products and services they might use.

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

Chicago Creative Expo Keynote: Rick Valicenti, Being All Creative Chicago-Style

10:30 a.m. - Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington
Sponsor: Chicago Cultural Center
Free event, no RSVP required.

Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst/3st, a communication design firm devoted Rick Valicenti delivers Chicago Creative Expo Keynote: Being All Creative Chicago-Style, at the Chicago Cultural Center, March 1, 2013to art, function, and real human presence. He has been influencing the design discourse internationally since 1988 and is a leading presence in design as a practioner, educator, and mentor.

Valicenti was honored by the White House in 2011 with the Smithsonian Cooper-­-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design. In 2006, he received the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession, for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession, and in 2004, was recognized as an AIGA/Chicago Fellow. Valicenti has been a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since being invited in 1996.

For the past three decades, he has publicly presented his works to over 100 professional and college audiences on six continents in the form of presentations, workshops, and critiques on the design industry. A 356-­-page monograph on the Thirst work titled, Emotion as Promotion, was published in 2004 by the Monacelli Press.

Information: on-line.

« March 5, Tuesday »

Green Building with Porcelain Tile

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - TransCeramica Geologica, 314 West Superior
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Interior Architecture KC, TransCeramica
Free for members; $15.00 non-members. Limited to 40 participants
1.5 LU/HSW

Come to the TransCeramica showroom for a learning event and reception. See new products such as the MAXIMUM -- 10’ x 5’ porcelain slabs – and you’ll see a live installation of this gigantic tile, the largest on the market. The MAXIMUM replicates the size of marble and granite slabs, and it's perfect for new or existing construction. TransCeramica will also showcase porcelain for ventilated facade applications.

A presentation on green building with porcelain tiles will give participants a better understanding of why porcelain is the greenest choice for flooring, meeting all the requirements for sustainable design, and how it relates to green building rating systems such as LEED.

Information and registration online.

First Tuesday Happy Hour

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., - The Boarding House, 720 North Wells
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

This month we are meeting at the new wine bar and restaurant The Boarding House, owned by sommelier Alpana Singh, host of the WTTW restaurant review show, Check, Please! What once served as an actual boarding house in the late 1800s is now home to this three-story restaurant and bar. Check out our Meetup page, and we hope to see you there!

Information online.

Pecha Kucha Chicago Volume #25

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

PechaKucha Night brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of
lPecha Kucha Chicago Volume #25, at Martyr's, March 5, 2013ightning-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 25 features dynamic British artistic duo Industry of the Ordinary, civic-minded Tom Tresser, Obama 2012 design team member Traci Wile, national AIA Young Architect Award winner Thomas Hussey, makerbot addict Liz Neely, former DJ turned Frank Lloyd Wright booster Mark Campbell, Deepworld developer Mike Laurence, returning PKer’s Diane Jackson, with her tartan-clad husband Michael, the roving Smith Schwartz (briefly in Chicago for Volume 25), and professor of biology Janet Richmond. The official poster of Volume 25 is designed by Michael Vendiola. PechaKucha Chicago originators Peter Exley and Thorsten Bösch will emcee.

Buy tickets on-line. Information on-line.

« March 6, Wednesday »

Deep Foundations and Earth Retention

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,University Center, Lake Room - 525 South State
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$300.00 members, $400.00 non-members by February 28; $400.00 members and $475.00 non-members thereafter
7.5 continuing education credit

A one day seminar, with morning sessions exploring basic concepts in the design of earth retention systems, and afternoon discussions focusing on the design of deep foundation systems. The seminar will be led by Michael Wysocky, Steve Parkinson and Brandon Hughes from Thatcher Foundations, Inc.

Questions, call Elizabeth OConnor at 312/726.4165 ext 301. Information and registration form on-line.

Lunch Talks@CAF: Mod Squad Chicago - Hidden Gems of Mid-Century Modern: Keck & Keck

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 Joan Gand, Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond

Considered the "hidden gems" of Mid Century Modern design, in the Chicagoland area, homes by Mod Squad Chicago - Hidden Gems of Mid-Century Modern: Keck & Keck, lecture by Joan Gand of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 6, 2013Keck & Keck are subtle from the outside and spectacular on the inside. This architecture firm designed modern, award-winning, affordable homes in the Chicagoland area and around the Midwest from 1935-1979. They gained fame through their two spectacular houses for Chicago's Century of Progress World's Fair: the House of Tomorrow (1933) and the Crystal House (1934). These pioneering designs lead to the creation of hundreds of beautiful, practical and livable homes built all over the Chicagoland area. Join Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond for an exploration of Keck & Keck designs.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where Are We?

6:00 p.m., - Museum of Contemporary Art. 220 East ChicagoUrban Documentaries and Social Change: Where are We?, panel discussion with Gordon Quinn, Allan Siegel, Michaelle Citron and Steve James, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, March 6, 2013
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art
$10.00 for members; $12.00 non-members.

How do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking? This program is organized by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The first panel features Gordon Quinn and Allan Siegel, moderated by Mark Shiel. A second panel features Michelle Citron and Steve James, moderated by B. Ruby Rich. A final roundtable discussion, with all panelists and moderators, is moderated by Brendan Kredell.

Information and ticket purchase online.

Unique Design: Senior Apartments at the Center on Halsted

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, 3rd floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design for Aging KC
Free for members; $15.00 non-members.
1.5 LU/HSW

Grant Uhlir, AIA, will present his firm's design for an addition to the Center on Halsted which was designed by Gensler and completed in 2007. It is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.

In 2011, Center on Halsted announced plans with Heartland Alliance to build the Midwest's first affordable LGBTQ Senior Housing facility on the adjacent lot. The six-story apartment building will include 80 studio and 1-bedroom apartments designed for independent seniors, retail space and community rooms for classes and special events

Information and registration online.

« March 7, Thursday »

Mauricio Tenorio: I Speak of the City

3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria, 4th Floor, CUPPAH 400
Sponsor: Great Cities Institute
Free Event

In this multidisciplinary tour of Mexico City, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo focuses on the period 1880 to 1940, the decisive decades that shaped the city into what it is today.

Through a kaleidoscope of expository forms, I Speak of the City connects the realms of literature, architecture, music, popular language, art, and public health to investigate the city in a variety of contexts: as a living history textbook, as an expression of the state, as a modernist capital, as a laboratory, and as language. Tenorio’s formal imagination allows the reader to revel in the free-flowing richness of his narratives, opening startling new vistas onto the urban experience.

From art to city planning, from epidemiology to poetry, this book challenges the conventional wisdom about both Mexico City and the turn-of-the-century world to which it belonged. And by engaging directly with the rise of modernism and the cultural experiences of such personalities as Hart Crane, Mina Loy, and Diego Rivera, I Speak of the City will find an enthusiastic audience across the disciplines.

Mauricio Tenorio is professor of history at the University of Chicago, and professor asociado at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City. He is the author, among others, of I Speak of the City (2013), Culturas y Memoria (2012), and Historia y celebración(2010).

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 201-A at 1:30 p.m.

Times and places tentative, check website to reconfirm.

Information and agenda on-line

Grete Marks: When Modernism was Degenerate

6:00 p.m., reception, 7:00 p.m., program - Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of the Historic Second Church, Chicago Art Deco Society
$5.00 suggested donation

This lecture recounts the story of Grete Marks, a tragic tale of a forward-looking artist who was Grete Marks:  When Modernism was Degenerate, lecture by Mel Buchanan at the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago, March 7, 2013crushed by the brutal circumstances of her time. The Modern ceramics created within Grete's 1920s Haël Werkstätten factory, with their machine precision, color theory, and expressionistic brushwork, show the Bauhaus influence on the artist. In 1934 an agent for the German Nazi government purchased the Haël factory, and in 1935 Grete's artwork was publicly derided as part of Joseph Goebbel's "degenerate" art campaign. Grete's later ceramics made in England suggest that the magic and the promise of the bold young German artist was destroyed, like so much else, in World War II. The Milwaukee Art Museum presented Grete Marks: When Modernism was Degenerate (Sept. 6, 2012 - Feb. 17, 2013), the first American exhibition dedicated to the artist Margarete Heymann-Löbenstein-Marks (German, 1899-1990).

This lecture will be presented by Mel Buchanan, the May D. Demmer Assistant Curator of 20th Century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Information: on-line.

Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation & Healthy Home Resources for Households, Buildings, and Communities

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: Dara Reiff, CNT Energy and TBD

CNT Energy's Energy Savers programs offer a one-stop-shop approach to energy efficiency, water conservation, and health and safety. Energy Savers programs help building owners in northern Illinois tame high utility costs through practical approaches. Learn about technical assistance, financial incentives, and quality control resources that are available for single-family homes, multi-family buildings, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Information and registration online.

Preservation Chicago: Chicago Seven BingoPreservation Chicago:  Chicago Seven Bingo, fundraiser at Lottie's Pub, Chicago, March 7, 2013

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Lottie's Pub, 1225 West Cortland
Sponsor: Preservation Chicago
$30.00 in advance; $35.00 at the door. Student tickets $22.00 with valid ID or a really good-looking fake one. Ticket price includes 3 beer/wine tickets and pizza.

Join Preservation Chicago as they anticipate the release of their 2013 Chicago Seven List of the city's most endangered buildngs, to be unveiled March 13th. Celebrate past and future Chicago Seven buildings while enjoying drinks, food and bingo.

Buy tickets on-line. Information: on-line.

 
 

 

« March 9, Saturday»

Ecology of Design Part II: Method and Application

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: Michael Iversen, University of Illinois at Chicago

Part II of a two-part series, presents a methodology, Urbanized Ecosystems™ (UrbEcoSys™), which models specific urbanized areas as complex, dynamical ecosystems, based on scoping, inventorying, and assessing its critical variables and relationships as represented by the flux and cyclic processes of energy, materials, costs, and information. Such an approach is scalable and transferable to neighborhoods, communities and regional applications. A proof-of-concept application will be featured as a case study.

Information and registration online.

« March 11, Monday »

Mirko ZardiniMirko Zardini, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture, lectures at UIC, Chicago, March 11, 2013

6:00 p.m., UIC School of Architecture, Gallery 1100 Art and Architecture Building, 845 West Harrison
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event

Lecture by Mirko Zardini, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

Information on-line.

Wiel Arets:: A Wonderful World

7:00 p.m. - Unity Temple, 875 Lake, Oak Park
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration FoundationWiel Arets: A Wonderfull World, at Unity Temple, Oak Park Illinois March 11, 2013
$12.00 members, $15.00 non-members

We live in an exciting and extremely complex world, in which the growth of technology has radically changed how we see ourselves in relation to an emerging global metropolis. It’s time, says internationally renowned Dutch architect Wiel Arets, to redefine our map of the world.

Widely regarded for his sleek and minimalist geometries, Arets recently joined IIT’s College of Architecture as Dean and splits his time between Chicago and his active design practice in the Netherlands. Arets will discuss his new book, Autobiographical References, and how we need to change the way that we look at our world.

Information and ticket purchase: on-line.

« March 12, Tuesday »

Navigating the City of Chicago Permitting Process

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, program - UBS Tower, Michigan I Room, 1 North Wacker, 2nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$175.00 members, $250.00 non-members until March 6; $225.00 and $300. thereafter
4 continuing education credit

A workshop led by experts in the field from the Chicago Department of Buildings: Hal Hutchinson, Aprella Johnson, Robert Fahlstrom, Sophie Martinez, and Lindsay Anderson.


Reservations: contact Donna Childs at 312/726.4165 ext 200 or via email. Information and registration 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

35th Street Pedestrian Bridge over Lake Shore Drive

5:15 p.m.,cash bar, 6:00 p.m., dinner, 7:00 p.m, program - Parthenon Restaurant, 314 South Halsted
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$35.00 members, $55.00 non-members
7.5 continuing education credit

A presentation by John R. Hillman, PE, SE is a Senior Bridge Engineer with exp U.S. Services, Inc. in Chicago and is also Founder and President of HC Bridge Company, LLC.

The 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge exploits the classical principles of a self-anchored suspension bridge with a twist. The bridge crosses over Lake Shore Drive on a reverse horizontally curved alignment to provide for expanded panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. John R. Hillman of exp U.S. Services talks about the 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge at the dinner meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois at the Parthenon Restaurant, Chicago, MarchThe curvature induced in the bridge from this alignment not only provides for an interesting visual effect, but also offers an opportunity to exploit some unique structural features to accommodate the unusual alignment. Every detail of the bridge has been designed to complement the unique structural form. In addition to the horizontal curvature, the bridge makes use of a single suspension cable extending to each end of the bridge. These “mono-cables” are intentionally aligned and support the outsides of the curves on the respective spans. Supporting the deck on the outside of the curve offsets the inherent torsional tendencies of curved bridge girders. Simultaneously, the horizontal component of force in the hangers and the forces induced in the ends of the deck from the suspension cable anchorages result in a self-equilibrating suspension structure.

The proposed replacement structure for the 35th Street Bridge not only provides another civic icon for the City of Chicago, but also provides an essential link to reconnect the citizens of this part of the city with the lakefront amenities that are uniquely Chicago.

Reservations: contact Donna Childs at 312/726.4165 ext 200 or via email. Information and registration on-line.

Beautiful Dreamer - The Completed Works and Unfillfed Plans of Sculptor Lorado Taft

7:00 p.m, Glessner House Museum, Beidler Room, 1800 South Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$10.00; $8.00 for members

Lorado Taft made a name for himself in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a talented sculptor and influential lecturer and author. Yet he struggled to produce classically inspired works during a time Lynn Allyn Young talks about her book, Beautiful Dreamer - The Completed Works and Unfilled Plans of Sculptor Lorado Taft, at the Glessner House Museum, Chicago, March 12, 2013when a new, modern style was emerging. Scholarly works have investigated his early years and the impact his art had on the Midwest and beyond, but no one has stepped forward to present a simple-to-read, comprehensive biography until now.

Lynn Allyn Young has traveled around the country, hunting down Taft's many works and documenting their locations and condition. In her 136-page book, Beautiful Dreamer: The Completed Works and Unfilled Plans of Sculptor Lorado Taft, Young presents a wide variety of present-day photographs, interesting vintage images, and excerpts from numerous publications. If you don't know who Lorado Taft was, you will enjoy the lecture. If you think you know Taft, think again

Copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing at the lecture.

RSVP at 312/326.1480. Information on-line

« March 13, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Mod Squad Chicago - Preserving Glencoe's Ancel House- One Way to Save a House

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 Richard Becker AIA, Becker Architects Ltd. Lisa Skolnik, Writer Susan Benjamin, Preservationist David Muslin, Homeowner

The languishing Edward Dart-designed Ancel House was saved by a combination of factors: Mod Squad Chicago - Preserving Glencoe's Ancel House - One Way to Save a House, lecture by Richard Becker, Lisa Skolnick, Susan Benjamin and David Muslin, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 13, 2013rebellious neighbors, anxious preservationists and mostly, a daring couple who were able to redefine their notion of “dream home." The story begins with a planned subdivision of a lakefront parcel but ends with the saving of a landmark mid-century modern. Learn the back-story of the home’s transformation, awarded a 2011 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois as well as 2012 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award. Also to be featured in an upcoming issue of Preservation.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Making Metropolis: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe's 127th birthday and his influence on Chicago

5:30 p.m., cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; , 6:00 p.m., program, Crown Hall, IIT, 3360 South State
Sponsor: Mies van der Rohe Society
$50.00, tickets in advance

Seventy-five years ago, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe arrived in the United States to lead the College Making Metropolis: Celebrating Mies van der Rohe's 127th birthday and his influence on Chicago, at Crown Hall, ITT, Chicago, March 13, 2013of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and profoundly influence the world’s taste and built environment. Today, the college begins another era of influence under the new dean of the College of Architecture, Wiel Arets. We invite you to celebrate his investiture as the Rowe Family College of Architecture Dean Endowed Chair alongside the celebration of Mies' 127th birthday.

See how Mies' and IIT's innovations shaped Chicago's skyline in a short video by the Mies Society and Mies biographer Edward Windhorst (M.ARCH '93).

Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward finishing the restoration of Carr Memorial Chapel, Mies' only ecclesiastical building. Complimentary entrance for College of Architecture students, faculty, and staff, but advance registration required.

Registration and Information on-line.

Tour: Bernacki & Associates, Furniture and Object Conservation

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - Bernacki & Associates, 424 North Oakley
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC and APT/Western Great Lakes
Free for members; $15.00 non-members. Limited to 30 participants
1.5 LU/HSW

Bernacki & Associates, Inc. was established over 20 years ago, and has since become one of the most respected furniture and object conservation firms in the Chicago area. The company offers a AIA/Chicago offers a tour of Bernacki & Associates Furniture and Object Conservation, March wide array of conservation services for period and modern furniture, wooden artifacts and upholstery. Finishing capabilities include consolidation, French polishing, traditional and modern finishes, and gold and silver leafing. They employ methods and materials to solve the most difficult structural problems from veneer work to missing parts reproduction, Boulle work and leather tooling.

Stan Bernacki will give a tour his workshop, educate about the restoration of furniture and other decorative objects, and show some of the amazing restoration projects now in progress.

Information and registration online.

« March 14, Thursday»

Trends in Urban Farming in Parks

12:15 p.m. - Claudia Cassidy Auditorium, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
Free event

An installment in the Walter Netsch Lecture Series. Erika Allen, Executive Director of Growing Power, will talk about the new Chicago movement for planting edible gardens, hosting green outdoor markets and developing urban farms in vacant lost and in parks throughout the city

Information: on-line.

Kenneth Frampton: The Past and Future Prospects for Architectural Education

6:00 p.m. - McCormick Tribune Campus Center Auditorium, 3201 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York

Information: 312/567.3312 or on-line.

Great Midwestern Panes

6:00 p.m. - Richard Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie
Sponsor: Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Chicago Midwest
$5.00 members, $15.00 non-members
AIA/CES: 1

Though the East Coast served as home to Louis Comfort Tiffany, John LaFarge, and Lamb Studios, many stained glass firms of the late 19th and early 20th century remain anonymous. Yet Chicago Rolf Achilles lectures on Great Midwestern Panes at the Richard Driehaus Museum, was the source of some of the most vibrant and artistic stained glass produced in America at that time. Firms such as Healy & Millet had wide distribution and international acclaim; Temple Art Glass and Giannini & Hilgart stood at the forefront of the developing Prairie style; and Max Guler and his Munich Studio steadfastly maintained the glassmaking traditions established in mid-19th-century Germany.

For the inaugural lecture of the 2013 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, art historian and curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows Rolf Achilles discusses the flourishing of reproductions and riffs on traditional styles, as well as highly original creations, produced by the stained glass artists and firms of Chicagoland.

Buy tickets on-line. Information: on-line.

New Life for Recovered Building Materials

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

Presenters: Tom Napier and Anne Nicklin Building Materials Reuse Association; Ken Ortiz, The ReUse People of America; Heather White, The Rebuilding Exchange

Learn from a panel of deconstruction and reuse experts who discuss and demonstrate the opportunities to utilize recovered building materials in new and creative ways. Information will be given about building deconstruction and its environmental and economic benefits, as well as hands-on demonstrations of creating new products from recovered building materials; all within the setting of the Rebuilding Exchange's new location.

Information and registration online.

« March 16, Saturday »

Your Green & Healthy Vintage Home

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00


Presenter: Matt Cole, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Inc.

The greenest home is often the one already built – a key consideration for a city like Chicago that is defined by its many bungalows, greystones, and worker cottages. This workshop will focus on practical, affordable strategies for making vintage homes safer, energy efficient, healthier, and comfortable. A key goal of this program is to demonstrate how thoughtful improvements can enhance the performance of your vintage home, while still allowing you to preserve the materials and architectural details that make it unique.

Information and registration online.

« March 18, Monday »

Alessandra Ponte

6:00 p.m., UIC School of Architecture, Gallery 1100 Art and Architecture Building, 845 West Harrison
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event

Lecture by Alessandra Ponte, Professor, L'École d’architecture de l'Université de Montréal, Montreal

Information on-line.

« March 19, Tuesday »

Advanced Learning Spaces: Design & Technology

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - KI showroom, Merchandise Mart, Suite 1118
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Education KC
Free for members; $15.00 non-members.
1 LU/HSW

Design for education environments is constantly changing to meet the needs of students, faculty and technology. Architects need to understand trends and research in education so that they can understand their clients’ desire for changing configurations of classrooms, lecture spaces, labs, and common areas. Amy Kiefer, vice president of education at KI, will review how the design of learning spaces has an impact on student success. She will show how facilities have incorporated these changes in their learning environments.

Amy will explain the difference between instructional versus learning paradigms and how new furniture and spatial design has evolved to meet the challenges of new methods of learning; the critical factors in today’s educational environment, including trends, student profiles, and student expectations in the millennial generation; faculty needs, the latest teaching trends, and how learning space can support and optimize faculty’s efforts Learn how to successfully incorporate new ideas into future educational spaces for increased flexibility, who to respond to capacity and utilization issues, and the influence that a community may haves on the design of schools.

KI will provide lunch for this program so please register by Friday, March 15.

Information and registration online.

Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification

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

While sustainability and green urbanism have become buzzwords in urban policy circles, too little Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification, lecture by Winifred Curran at APA Chicago, March 19, 2013analysis has focused on who gets to decide what green looks like. Many visions of the green city seem to have room only for park space, waterfront cafes, and luxury LEED-certified buildings, prompting concern that there is no place in the "sustainable" city for industrial uses and the working class.

Drawing on case studies from both New York and Chicago, Winifred Curran from DePaul University will discuss a strategy she calls "just green enough" to allow for an urban sustainability that can be used to open up a space for diversity and democracy in the neoliberal city and make space for interventions that challenge the presumed inevitability of gentrification

Information and RSVP: on-line

Urban Home Stormwater Management

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00


Presenter: Brian Lutey, Ozinga

Pervious concrete is not just a pavement, but a stormwater management system. Brian Lutey of Ozinga provides an introduction to the use of pervious concrete as a stormwater management tool through the brief history and environmental benefits of the material. He will also discuss proper composition, installation, and maintenance, as well as design ideas.

Information and registration online.

Sound of Silent Film: ACM & Teshigahara's Antonio Gaudi

7:00 p.m., - Architectural Artifacts, 4325 North Ravenswood
Sponsor: Access Contemporary Music
$12.00 on-line, $20.00 at the door, $5.00 students


ACM's popular Sound of Silent Film Festival features newly composed scores performed live to Sound of Silent Film:  ACM presents new live musical score for Teshigahara's film Antonio Gaudi, at Architectural Artifacts, Chicago, March 19, 2013modern silent films.

This year we're featuring one film: Hiroshi Teshigahara's stunning Antonio Gaudi, about the legendary Barcelona artist who revolutionized architecture. Featuring beautifully shot footage of all of his major works including the Sagrada Familia, the Church of Colònia Güell, the Artigas Gardens and many more, this film is must-see for any fans of Gaudi's ethereally beautiful buildings.

The new musical score by Lawrence Axelrod, Ryan Ingebritsen, Patricia Morehead and Liza White will be performed live in the beautiful, and appropriate, Architectural Artifacts Atrium space.

Music Composed by: Lawrence Axelrod, Ryan Ingebritsen, Patricia Morehead and Liza White.

Music Performed by: Hulya Alpakin - piano, Alyson Berger - cello, Renee Keller - percussion, Francesco Milioto - conductor, Alicia Poot - flute and Jeff Yang - violin.

Information and tickets on-line.

« March 20, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Mod Squad Chicago - Chicago at Midcentury: Images by Lee Bey

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 Lee Bey, Executive Director, Chicago Central Area Committee, Architecture Critic, photographer

Lee Bey has had a distinguished career in the built environment as an architecture critic, mayoral Mod Squad Chicago - Chicago at Midcentury: Images by Lee Bey, lecture at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 20, 2013advisor, adjunct professor and civic leader. But he is also a published and exhibited architectural photographer who has documented the city's midcentury modernist architecture. Bey will share his photography of the city's modernist architecture and will discuss the importance of everyone to play a role in documenting this unique architectural style.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line. Lecture also streams live here.

« March 21, Thursday »

Mies van der Rohe and Historic Preservation: A Report and PrognosisEdward Windhorst discusses Mies van der Rohe and Historic Preservation: A Report and Prognosis, for Landmarks Illinois at the Chciago Cultural Center, March 21, 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 Edward Windhorst, architect and co-author, with Franz Schulze, of Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition (Univ. or Chicago Press. 2012).

Mr. Windhorst will discuss and evaluate the preservation status of Mies's great and lesser works as we look to the long-term future of his buildings here and abroad. A book signing will follow the lecture.

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

« March 23, Saturday »

Thomas H. Beeby receives the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre at the John B. Murphy Auditorium, March 23, 2013

Thomas Beeby 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Drive Awards Ceremony

11:00 a.m. - John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Erie
Sponsor: University of Notre Dame
Free event

The 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame will be presented to this year's recipient, architect Thomas Beeby. The Henry Hope Reed Awards will be presented to David Watkin.

Information: on-line.

« March 26, Tuesday »

Building Multi-family the Right Way: A Case Study

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00


Presenters: Corbett Lunsford & John Bergman, Green Dream Group, LLC

A multi-family building project costs tens of millions of dollars and the expertise of dozens of professionals- and it can still be a very messy process. Learn about the typical mistakes in large residential buildings, and how they are solved, through a case study of an 80-unit building project in Illinois- the first in the state to go through ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Certification. Understand the ESTAR process and its impact to comfort, air quality, durability, and energy efficiency; Learn to avoid the pitfalls of a huge, expensive, richly staffed project and take a tour of the building of an ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise, from beginning to end.

Information and registration online.

« March 27, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Mod Squad Chicago - Rewriting the Life of Mies van der Rohe: New Perspectives after 25 Years

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Mod Squad Chicago - Rewriting the Life of Mies van der Rohe, New Perspectives after 25 years, lecture by Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, March 27, 2013Sponsor: C
hicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES: 1

Presentation by Franz Schulze, Hollender Professor of Art Emeritus at Lake Forest College, and architect Edward Windhorst

In celebration of the 127th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, please join co-authors Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst as they discuss the major revision and expansion of Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition (Univ. or Chicago Press. 2012), Schulze's 1985 biography and the first about Mies. A book signing follows the talk.attendance public attraction.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

Dominique Perrault: The Disappearance of Architecture: Between Presence & Absence - lecture cancelled

6:00 p.m. - Wishnick Auditorium, IIT, 3255 S. Dearborn.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Dominique Perrault, Architect DPLG - Urban Planner SFU, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris

Information: 312/567.3312 or on-line.

Mies Van der Rohe in Krefeld

6:00 p.m., reception, 7:00 -8:00 p.m., S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, 3360 South State
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Mies van der Rohe Society, Goethe Institut
Free event - Reservations required
AIA/CES: 1

A presentation by Art Historian, Christiane Lange about businessman and art collector Hermann Lange who kept an especially close friendship with architect Mies van der Rohe and the interior Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld, lecture by Christiane Lange at Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, March 27, 2013designer Lilly Reich. Between 1927 and 1930 this mutually energizing association resulted in collaborative structures such as Lange's own home, the famous Haus Lange in Krefeld Germany. Lange, who is the great-grand daughter of Hermann Lange, will speak about the ten projects Mies built for the "Krefeld Circle," amongst them, Haus Lange, Haus Esters, and the visionary Cafe Samt und Seide (Velvet and Silk Cafe).

The lecture will shed light on the history and background of this remarkable series of commissions that survived the Third Reich, against the background of the Deutsche Werkbund and the dynamic German silk industry. One of the most significant designs of the Krefeld buildings, the club house for the Krefeld Golf Club, was never realized. From May through October 2013, a 1:1 model of the Club House will be built on the original site. Christiane Lange will explain the process towards realization of the 1:1 model of the club house and the programmatic events surrounding it.

Registration on-line. Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

« March 28, Thursday »

Arts in Sacred Places: Sharing Space, Making New Connections

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - Location:
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Location:
Free for members; $15.00 non-members.
1 LU

Partners for Sacred Places is the only non-sectarian nonprofit organization in the nation devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred Arts in Sacred Places: Sharing Space, Making New Connections, program featured Amy Schachman of Arts in Sacred Places at AIA Chicago, March 28, 2013places. At the intersection of heritage, faith and community, Partners' mission is to build a shared sense of responsibility for the future of sacred places and to build the capacity for the sound stewardship and active community use of older religious properties across the nation. Founded in 1989, Partners has offices in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Fort Worth.

In 2011, Partners launched its Arts in Sacred Places program in Chicago. Amy Schachman, associate director of Partners’ Chicago office, will explain how the program facilitates mutually beneficial space-sharing relationships between artists without a place to work or perform and the city's houses of worship that have space to spare. Arts in Sacred Places builds bridges between artists and congregations. As artists migrate into Chicago's sacred places, new audiences greet them. As houses of worship open their doors to arts groups, artists share their passion, imagination and creativity with congregations, breathing new life into communities across the city.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information and registration online.

Wang Shu

6:30 - 7:30 p.m., - Rubloff Auditorium, Art Institute of Chicago
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago
$10.00
members, $15.00 general public, $.500 students

Wang Shu and his wife, Lu Wenyu, founded Amateur Architecture Studio, in 1997 in Hangzhou, Pritzker Prize winning architect Wang Shu delivers the Butler-VanderLinen Lecture on Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, March 28, 2013China. To date, their work has been built exclusively in China. They are known for a keen dedication to handicraft, a penchant for sustainable building methods, and thoughtful projects that are contextualized within Chinese culture and history. The firm’s work has been described by the Pritzker Prize jury as “timeless, deeply rooted in its context, and yet universal.” Notable projects completed by the firm include the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, Ningbo History Museum, and the plan for the Xiangshan Campus of the China Academy. Honors for their work include the 2004 Architecture Arts Award of China, the German Schelling Architecture Prize in 2010, inclusion in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the 2011 French Gold Medal from the Academy of Architecture in 2011. Wang Shu is the first Chinese citizen to be awarded the Pritzker Prize.

Information and ticket purchase online.

Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program

6:00 - 8:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
$10.00


Presenter: Sarita Upadhyay, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Learn how to make your back, front or side yard more environmentally sustainable! This workshop will cover the basics of installing a rain barrel, setting up a compost bin, planting a tree and more. Spring is a great time to plant a native garden and trees in your yard! You will also learn about the City's rebate program and how Chicago residents can receive up to 50% off of their next tree, native plant, rain barrel or compost bin purchase.

Information and registration online.

« March 29, Friday »

Panel discussion with Wang Shu

11:00 a.m., S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, 3360 South State
Sponsor: IIT College of Architecture
Free event

A panel discussion including Sean Keller, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu, and other players to be named later.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line.

 
     
     
     

 

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