Exhibitions
Iterations: John Ronan's Poetry Foundation, at the Art Institute of Chicago through March 30, 2014 Mecca Flat Great Cities, Great Basin, Bold Ideas for the Great Basic Park, exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Wright before the Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios, exhibition at ArchiTech Gallery, Chicago, January 3 - April 26, 2014
Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation: Judy Ledgerwood, at the Graham Foundation, January 23 - April 5
Take Me to the River: Building Chicago's New Waterfront, Exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, thrugh Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, at the Richard Driehaus Museum, Chicago,

 

 

New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture, exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, through January 5, 2014 3 in 1: Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 28, 2013 through January 5, 2014                                  
Iterations: John Ronan's Poetry Foundation at the Art Institute of Chicago, through May 4, 2014
Mecca Flat Blues
at the Chicago Cultural Center, February 15 through May 25, 2014
Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Wright Before the "Lloyd"
at the Chicago Cultural Center, through Mid-March, 2014
Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios
at the ArchiTech Gallery, January 3 - April 26, 2014
Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation: Judy Ledgerwood
at the Graham Foundation, January 23 - April 5, 2014
Take Me to the River: Building Chicago's New Waterfront
at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, September 28, 2013 to June 29, 2014
  New Views: The Rendered Image in Architecture
at the Art Institute of Chicago through January 5, 2014
3 in 1: Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design
at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 28, 2013 through January 5, 2014
                                     

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March 2013 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

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« February 4, Tuesday »

 

Gallery Talk: Gone but Not Forgotten - Architectural FragmentsGallery Talk: Gone but Not Forgotten - Architectural Fragments, at the Art Institute of Chicago, February 4, 2014

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - Art Institute of Chicago, Meet in Gallery 100
Sponsor: Art Institute of Chicago
Free with museum admission

Follow a lecturer on a tour to learn more about the Modern Wing's architecture in this gallery talk.

Information online.

Torrence and 130th Bridge, Chicago

5:15 - 6:00 p.m., cash bar; 6:00 - 7:00, dinner; 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., program - Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan, 22nd Floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
$45.00 members; $65.00 non-members

The success of a $101 million intersection reconstruction project largely depended on the efficient design and construction of a new commuter/freight railroad truss. This was achieved by the use of innovative Accelerated Bridge Construction Torrance and 130th Bridge, Chicago, presentation by Dr. Soliman Khudeira, Project Director with the Chicago Department of Transportation, for the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, at the Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, February 4, 2014(ABC) techniques including the construction of a 394-foot, 4.75-million-pound steel railroad truss in a staging area which was then rolled into place in a matter of hours using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs), which are large wheeled platforms that can move and lift immense loads at millimeter precision.

It took just four months to assemble and paint the structure, which consists of 25,000 pieces of steel held together by 65,000 bolts. The efficiency of the truss move allowed the Norfolk Southern Railway and Torrence Avenue to reopen ahead of schedule, eliminating the need for further detours and delays.

This presentation, by Dr. Soliman Khudeira, Project Director with the Chicago Department of Transportation – Division of Engineering, and Diane Campione of Alfred Benesch & Company, will focus on the evolution of the truss configuration and design details to accommodate the site and stakeholder needs and constraints including the alternatives explored for assembly and erection using value engineering methodologies and Accelerated Bridge Construction

Information and registration information on-line.

Opening New Markets: Training in Building Deconstruction and Material Reuse

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

Speakers: Tom Napier & Anne Nicklin, Building Material Reuse Association

Deconstruction is a more environmentally friendly method of removing obsolete buildings than wrecking and landfill disposal. While deconstruction and construction skills have much in common, there are unique skill sets required to perform deconstruction efficiently, economically, and safely. This seminar will describe a training curriculum and certification program developed by the Building Materials Reuse Association. It will include an introduction to deconstruction, environmental and economic benefits, emerging deconstruction and material reuse markets, a summary of the training and certification curriculum content, skills that will be acquired through the training, and opportunities for deconstruction professionals within the construction industry. .

Information and registration online.

Kabbalah in Art and Architecture

7:00 p.m., - Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism, 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park
Sponsor:
Free event, advance registration required.

Kabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition that stretches back at least 3,500 years. It views the universe as a vast interconnected system of forces in which the actions of God and mankind reverberate in mysterious ways. In his beautiful new book, Author Alexander Gorlin talks with David Shyovitz about his new book, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture, ath the Lakeside Congregation for Reform JudiasmKabbalah in Art and Architecture, Alexander Gorlin, noted architect, design critic, author, and scholar, draws on a wide array of historical materials and stunning examples from contemporary painting, sculpture, and architecture to illustrate how Kabbalah has left an unmistakable mark on our civilization. In the book, Gorlin features works by artists including Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, and Anish Kapoor, and architects including Louis Kahn, Norman Foster, and Daniel Libeskind. Gorlin will be joined by scholar David Shyovitz, Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University, for a thought-provoking conversation.

Copies of Kabbalah in Art and Architecture are on sale now at the Spertus Shop, 610 South Michigan, and will be for sale onsite on February 4. Alexander Gorlin will be signing books following the program.

Information and registration online.

« February 5, Wednesday »

Benton Johnson of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Lunch Talks@CAF: Celebrating Engineering - Timber Tower Research Project by SOM

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.
1 LU/HSW

Presentation by Benton Johnson, PE SE, Associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

For more than 60 years, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has been a leader in designing and engineering tall buildings. Challenges inherent in creating sustainable cities in the 21 st century have led SOM to develop the “Timber Tower Research Project.” Publicly released in June 2013, the research project discusses critical design issues related to high-rise mass-timber buildings through the conceptual design of a 42-story mss-timber building in Chicago. SOM’s proposed system called the “Concrete Jointed Timber Frame” could be competitive with conventional construction technologies while reducing the embodied carbon footprint of the structure by 65-75%. SOM believes that the Timber Tower Research Project can inspire thinking to address today’s concerns about sustainability and give us another important tool for environmentally responsible urban development.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

2:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 1003A, 121 North LaSalle

A meeting of the Commission's Program Committee will consider the Chrysler Village District to the National REgister of Historic Places and public comment on possible Chicago Landmark Designations that were submitted by public by the deadline of January 17, 2014.

Information and agenda on-line

Designing the Whole: JAHN Architects

Bryan Howard of Jahn Architects discusses Designing the Whole at the Apple Store, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, February 5, 20146:30 p.m., Apple Store, 679 North Michigan
Sponsor: Apple Store Michigan Avenue
Free event, reservations required.

Architect Bryan Howard of JAHN Architects as he discusses the firm’s projects and the design philosophy behind them.

Information and reservations on-line

 «February 6, Thursday»

Friends of the Parks 39th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

12:00 noon - Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks
Friends of the Parks 39th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, at the Chicago Cultural Center, February 6, 2014$45.00 members, $50.00 non-members, tables and sponsorships also available

Keynote speaker will be President Toni Preckwinkle, Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Legislative awards will be presented to Aldermen Toni Foulkes and Danny Solis, Individual Awards to Leslie Recht, Foundation Award to Take the Field Initiative of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, the Advocacy Award to the 6th Police District, Gresham, the Park Advisory Council Award to the Chase Park Advisory Council, and the Leon M. Depres Lifetime Commitment to Parks Award to Ed Uhlir.

Information and tickets on-line.

The Impact of High Speed Rail

12:15 p.m., Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free Event

The Midwest has been targeted by the Obama Administration for development of high-speed passenger rail service with downtown Chicago serving as the network's main hub. How would such service benefit downtown? What are the prospects and stumbling blocks for making the plans reality? Friends of Downtown and the Illinois Humanities Council invite you to learn more from Joseph Schwieterman, professor of public service at DePaul University and board president of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.

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, City Council Chambers at 1:15 p.m.

Times and places tentative, check website to reconfirm.

Information and agenda on-line

Judy LedgerwoodJudy Ledgerwood will discuss her current installation, Chromatic Patterns, at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, February 6, 2014

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

Judy Ledgerwood will discuss her practice and her current installation, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, on view through April 5, 2014. Ledgerwood is a Chicago-based painter and educator. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award.

Reservations and information: on-line

 «February 7, Friday»

If You Build It

7:10 p.m. - Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport
If You Built It, film by Patrick Creadon, at the Music Box Theater, Chicago, February 7, 8 and 9, 2014Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.25

In 2010, designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller, arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina, to teach a high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community.

Over the course of a year, 10 high school juniors learned the basics of design and construction culminating in the construction of a new farmers’ market for their town. Despite losing funding and dealing with natural disasters, Pilloton and Miller empowered their students and gave them hope int he face of adversity. If You Build It is a documentary, not just about idealistic outsiders trying to turn a community around, but also a story about the economic recession and the plight of rural America.

Friday's screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director and Chicago native Patrick Creadon and producer Christine O'Malley, hosted by Erica Wannemacher of Architecture for Humanity - Chicago.

Information: on-line

 «February 8, Saturday»

Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice

9:30 a.m., registration and coffee, 10:00 a.m to noon, morning panel, noon to 1:00 p.m., lunch, 1:009 to -3:00 p.m., afternoon panel- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 112 South Michigan Avenue, MacLean Ballroom
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Community Interface Committee of AIA Chicago, AIA Illinois, AIA Illinois Foundation, SAIC, Steelcase, OEC Business Interiors, IA Interior Architects, SMNG-A Ltd., nadesignlab
Free event, includes morning refreshments and a casual lunch
4 LU/HSW

Public interest design is transforming architectural practices. This transformation is a wide-spread response to the concern Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice, AIA day-long event at the Chicago Cultural Center, that the conventional model of practice responds solely to the paying client, limiting the profession’s capacity to address the problems of our time. How can we embrace and support a transformed profession and communicate the profession’s public service values? By what means can we facilitate the best public interest practices and strategies? What are the opportunities to expand existing and attract new funding sources? Where do you, as a professional or as a student, fit into this transformation?

This day-long event will feature three of the four authors of Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice, which was published in the summer of 2013. Roberta Feldman, Sergio Palleroni, Bruan Bell, and David Perkes received the 2011 Latrobe Prize of The American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, a $100,000 grant for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. The team investigated the needs that can be addressed by public interest practices and the variety of ways that public interest practices are operating. Speaking will be Roberta Feldman, PhD, Professor Emerita, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago; Sergio Palleroni, Professor and Fellow, Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, Portland State University (Portland, OR); and David Perkes, AIA, Director, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Mississippi State University (Biloxi, MS)

The morning panel, moderated by Sharon Haar, AIA, Chair of the Architecture program in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, will explore public interest practices. The afternoon panel will feature a panel of Chicago practitioners discussing how their firms carry out public interest design.

Information and registration online.

If You Build It

7:10 p.m. - Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.25

In 2010, designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller, arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina, to teach a high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community. See February 7 listing for more details.

Saturday's screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director and Chicago native Patrick Creadon and producer Christine O'Malley, hosted by Melanie Kahl, Learning and Design Strategist at CANNON Design.

Information: on-line

 

 «February 9, Sunday»

If You Build It

2:30 p.m. - Music Box Theater, 3733 North Southport
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.25

In 2010, designer Emily Pilloton and her partner (in business and in life), architect Matt Miller, arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina, to teach a high school design-build class called Studio H with an eye toward reviving the economically struggling rural community. See February 7 listing for more details.

Sunday's screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director and Chicago native Patrick Creadon and producer Christine O'Malley, hosted by architect Katherine Darnstadt, Founder and Principal of Latent Design

Information: on-line

 «February 11, Tuesday»

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

Monthly meeting. Time and date tentative.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line

Healthcare KC planning meeting

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Free event

Please join us if your are working in the field of healthcare design or you’d like to learn more about it.

If you are unable to attend in person but would still like to take part, dial in to the AIA Chicago conference bridge: 312-376-2799 / PIN = 4240#.

Information online.

Neoclassical Architecture in Greece: Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity

6:00 p.m. - Driehaus Museum, 40 East Erie
Sponsor: Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Chicago-Midwest
$10.00 ICAA and Chicago Sister Cities members, $20.00 general public

Michael Lykoudis joins the Chicago ICAA to discuss how a new Greek national identity was created during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries Neoclassical Architecture in Greece: Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity, lecture by Michael Lykoudis at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, February 11, 2014with aspirations of modernity and prosperity in a period of great economic austerity and political turmoil. The architectural unity that evolved was a profound lesson in place-making for the world as a whole but especially for Greece, a new country whose citizens had just emerged from four centuries of cohabitation with the Ottoman Empire.

This unity was created by two forces: one top-down from the newly formed government of Greece that included a young king from Bavaria and a Danish, German and French architectural entourage. They brought with them a reinvented neoclassical ideal to its birthplace. The other was bottom-up force made up mostly of builders and developers self taught or trained in technical vocational schools. The result was the building of beautiful cities with an architectural and urban unity that redefine Greek culture and entry into the modern world.

The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991.

Information: on-line

'Kicking Asphalt to the Curb

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

Speaker: Jay Womack, WRD Environmental

After years of frustration trying to maintain school sites paved with asphalt and planted with turf grass, Buildings and Grounds Director John Erickson had enough. Failing asphalt and heaving concrete had plagued him for years, but what else could be done? Thus was born the Woodridge School District 68 Green Campus Initiative. Jay Womack of WRD Environmental looks at the project focusing on Best Management Practices that have been installed, the benefits on water quality, the impact the projects have had in the community and on education, the effect on operations and maintenance costs, and the different funding vehicles used to make the projects a reality. .

Information and registration online.

« February 12, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Celebrating Engineering - Sowwah Square: Sustainable Integration with Goettsch Partners

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sowwah Square: Sustainable Integration, presentation by Steven M. Niles of Goettsch Partners, lunchtime at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 12, 2014Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
1 LU/HSW

Presentation by Steven M. Nilles, FAIA, LEED AP – Partner, Goettsch Partners

As designated by Abu Dhabi’s 2030 urban framework plan, the five-building, 290,000-square-meter Sowwah Square complex defines the anchor for the emirate’s new Central Business District. Comprising four office towers and the headquarters building for the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the complex strives to create a signature image for downtown while also promoting a public presence and emphasizing sustainability. Learn about the technical challenges and achievements in the design, engineering and execution of the project, the first in Abu Dhabi to be pre-certified LEED-CS Gold.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line

Zak Kyes Giving Shape

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

In a new lecture titled Giving Shape, Graham grantee Zak Kyes explores historical references that inform Zak Kyes Giving Shape, lecture at the Graham Foundation, Chicago, February 12, 2014his studio’s approach to publications, exhibitions and identities including Lina Bo Bardi, Seth Siegelaub, CalArts and the Visual Design Association, while also showing the studio’s recent and ongoing projects with the Architectural Association, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2012 Taipei Biennial, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Fridericianum, and 8th Berlin Biennale. Zak Group uses the strengths and skills that come from graphic design to consider how designers can thoughtfully take part in the creative process where giving shape is its own way of creating culture. First presented November 2013 at Centre Pompidou, Paris

Zak Kyes is a Swiss-American graphic designer and founder and director of the design studio Zak Group. Since 2006 Kyes has been the art director of the Architectural Association, London.

Reservations and information: on-line

Stan Allen: Metropolitan FieldsMetropolitan Fields, a lecture by architect Stan Allen, at Crown Hall, IIT, Chicago, February 12, 2014

6:00 p.m. - Center Core, S.R. Crown Hall, IIT, 3360 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event.

Lecture by architect Stan Allen.Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practices of urban. design.

Information: on-line

« February 13, Thursday »

Soil Primer for Structural Engineers

8:00 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 6; $375.00 and $475.00, respectively, thereafter. Lunch included
7.5 hours continuing education credits

This full-day class will provide practicing engineers with a broad background on geotechnical engineering topics. Morning programs will focus on Soil Mechanics and Foundations, with Bill Walton, P.E., S.E. on Geotechnical Testing and Reporting; Robert Lukas, P.E. on Pressuremeter and Drilled Caisson Foundations; Dr. Mike Wysockey, P.E. on Driven Pile Foundations; Darren Diehm, P.E. on Micropiles and Pushed Piles; and Clyde Baker, Jr. P.E., S.E., Chicago Case Histories.

Afternoon programs will focus on Earth Retention and Dynamics, with Dr. Safdar Gill, P.E. S.E on Lateral Earth Pressure Theory and Retention; Dr. Fernando Sarabia on Modeling and Performance; Bernie Hertlein on Geophysics and Non-destructive Testing; Dr. Chia K. Tan, P.E. on Soil Dynamic, Construction and Machine Vibrations; and Dr. Jorge Meneses, P.E. on Earthquake Engineering.
Bill Walton, P.E., S.E. will lead a closing panel discussion.

Information and registration information on-line.

« February 14, Friday »

The Last Few Feet: Parapet Design, Issues, and Repairs

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. , Gensler, 11 East Madison, 3rd floor
Sponsor: Building Enclosure Council, Chicago
Free event, bring your own lunch
1.5 LU/HSW

Architecturally, parapet walls have many different styles and forms. They often provide a decorative termination to building facades and sometimes extend significantly above the roof level to hide unsightly roof top equipment. Regardless of style, the design considerations and service life issues for parapet walls can be very complex. Parapet walls are exposed on three surfaces and must consider exposure to wind loads on both side of the wall and exterior elements such as rain while successfully integrating with the roofing and structural systems. If not detailed, constructed or maintained properly, parapet walls can be a source of water infiltration into the building and/or result in structural insufficiencies of the facades and structural roof system. Repairs can be intrusive and expensive.

Architect Matthew Novesky from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. will discuss general design principles and considerations as well as common issues observed in both historic and modern parapet detailing and construction. Case studies of parapet repairs and replacements will be presented. Case studies will discuss the challenges of retrofit designs for the parapet wall structural system and detailing of integral flashing systems. Economic and aesthetic issues will also be discussed.

Register via email. Information on-line.

« February 15, Saturday »

Ecology of Design Part I: Concept

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event
This seminar is required for people seeking a Green Tech U certificate

Speaker: 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 consumption, 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.

« February 16, Sunday »

CAFamily Studio: Designing the 21st Century

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., - Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
CAFamily Studio: Designing the 21st Century, National Engineers Week program for students 5-13 and their adult companions, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 16, 2014Sponsor: Chicagoland Engineers Week Committee
Free for exhibits, some cost for tours

Engineers Week Celebration: Engineer This! Build That! Join CAF at multiple locations at their home in the historic Railway Exchange Building for a day-long program to celebrate National Engineers Week. Hands-on activities, LEGO builds and presentations are designed to help families discover what engineers do, have fun building, constructing and solving engineering challenges.

This drop-in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program is designed to engage students 5-13 and their adult companions.

Information online.

« February 18, Tuesday »

2030 Commitment: Reporting Tool Updates for 2013 Data

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC and 2030 Commitment Working Group

We will be reviewing the new 2030 Reporting Tool for 2014 which can be found on the national AIA 2030 Comitment page. The AIA 2030 Commitment program is the AIA’s cornerstone effort to demonstrate the progress the building design community is making towards reducing the operational energy use of their projects. Signatory firms are asked to submit a predicted energy use assessment of their design work through an Excel-based tool: a method of tracking and measuring progress toward the 2030 goals that is simple, accessible, and normalized for firms of all types and sizes. Visit the national AIA 2030 Commitment page for more information and a list of architecture firms who have signed on to the 2020 Commitment.

The basic information required for reporting the design year 2013, which is due at the end of March 2014, is consistent with previous years but also includes additional items. Join the Committee on the Environment and the Chicago 2030 Working Group for a review and discussion of the results of the previous year, what to expect during this year’s reporting process, and plans for the future.

Information and registration online.

After the City, the City: Water - Part 2: Shared Waters: Chicago, Gary, Milwaukee, and St. Louis

6:00 - 8 :00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
After the City, the City: Water - Part 2: Shared Waters: Chicago, Gary, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, panel at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 18, 2014Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event
AIA CES: 1

While “Chicagoland” is intended to encompass the larger metropolitan area “anchored” by Chicago, water issues increasingly complexify this centralized diagram. Increasingly, challenges and innovations are tackled in parallel across various nodes in a network. As water connects Chicago to increasingly larger systems, it also connects the city to a network of other cities grappling with similar issues. Experts from Chicago, Gary, Milwaukee, and St. Louis will discuss issues that affect these metropolises through shared waters.

Panelists:

  • Debra Shore: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago
  • Dean Amhaus: President and CEO, Milwaukee Water Council
  • Derek Hoeferlin, R.A.: Assistant Professor of Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Daniel F. Vicari, P.E., BCEE: Executive Director, Gary Sanitary District | Gary Stormwater Management District

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line

« February 19, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Celebrating Engineering - Dig Deep Tunnel

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Dig Deep Tunnel, lecture by Kevin M. Fitzpatrick of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, lunchtime at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 19, 2014Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
1 LU/HSW

Presentation by Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Chief Engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Chicago’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan was adopted for implementation in 1972. More than 40 years and $3 billion later, the benefits provided by this project and the need to complete it are more important than ever. Supervising Civil Engineer, Kevin Fitzpatrick, who oversees engineering for all of the District’s collection facilities projects, will discuss the purpose of the Deep Tunnel and Reservoir Plan project, its performance to date, and the remaining features under construction.

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line

« February 20, Thursday »

Henry Hobson Richardson and His Chicago Legacy

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University's Murray-Green Library, 10th floor, 430 South MichiganHenry Hobson Richardson and His Chicago Legacy, Landmarks Illinois lecture by John Waters at the Murray-Green Library, Chicago, February 20, 2013
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free event

Presentation by John Waters, architect and historian

A look at the work of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and Richardson’s influence in Chicago. One of the most prominent architects of his day, Boston-based Richardson created some of his finest work in Chicago, including the Marshall Field Wholesale Store, which once stood in the Loop, and the Glessner House, which still stands on Prairie Avenue. Richardson also had a profound influence on Chicago architects. The work of Henry Ives Cobb, Frank Lloyd Wright and, in particular, The Auditorium Building architect Louis Sullivan, clearly shows the legacy of this important American designer.

Information: on-line.

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers, Room 201-A, 121 N. LaSalle Street
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line

Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist ArchitectureKeith Bringe of the Chicago Art Deco Society will lecture on Art Deco/Modern architecture as part of the lecture series, Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture, at the Oak Park Public Library, February 20, 2014

Main Library Veterans Room, Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street
Sponsors:
Oak Park Public Library, Pleasant Home Foundation
Free event

ComIn this edition in a series of lectures, Keith Bringe of the Chicago Art Deco Society will speak about Art Deco/Moderne architecture from the late 1920s through '40, focusing on the work done by the Society.

Information: On-Line

« February 21, Friday »

Casinos as Tools for Economic Development in Suburban Chicago

2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria, Suite 400, CUPPA Hall
Sponsor: Great Cities Institute
Free Event

As Illinois’ fiscal health continues on an uncertain path, the state legislature and governor’s office continue to debate the possibility of a statewide casino expansion. One proposal that advanced in the legislature allowed for five additional casinos to be opened across the state, including one land-based casino in Chicago. It would also have expanded gambling at existing casinos and at racetracks.

What are the potential community and statewide implications of for this type of expansion? Were the five Casinos as Tools for Economic Development in Suburban Chicago, presentation by Mike Wenz and Ryan Gallagher at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, February 21, 2014proposed locations the most fiscally and economically viable? Or, are there alternative sites that should be considered for the future? Professors Mike Wenz and Ryan Gallagher, both of Northeastern Illinois University, will address these questions based on their current and past research on the topic of casinos and economic development.

Dr. Wenz’s research has focused on measuring the impact of casinos on their local neighborhoods, and he finds that the character of the host community matters quite a bit. Dr. Gallagher has examined cannibalization and casino competition, and his research shows that choosing the right locations for expansion will have important consequences for the revenues of existing casinos and their ability to continue to generate substantial tax revenues. Together, Dr. Wenz and Dr. Gallagher will shed some light on the likely impact of casino expansion on the new casino communities, existing casino revenues, and state-level finances.

Information online.

« February 25, Tuesday »

Exterior Envelope Revitalization and Building Adaptive Reuse (11th Annual Building Enclosure Event)

7:30 - 10:30 a.m., - breakfast program, Maggiano’s, 516 North Clark Street
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., cash bar and tabletops, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., dinner & program, Addison Banquets, 550 Shriners Drive, Addision
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, CSI Chicago, Tyvek/Parksite, Icenene, Firestone/Hamill-Mullan Group, Henry; industry partners: AIA Northeast IL, Building Enclosure Council Chicago, ASA Chicago
Morning: $36 CSI members and industry partners; $46 non-members
Evening: $38 CSI members and industrial partners; $45 non0members
2.5 AIA HSW; 2.5 PDH

A panel of nationally recognized building envelope specialists - Maria Spinu, Benjamin Skelton, and Richard JP Renaud - will present case studies addressing specific building enclosure areas. Their presentations will include the issues, the analysis, solutions and the lessons learned along the way. In addition, building science analytic tools will be discussed and demonstrated to show why they are used and how they aid the design process, including WUFI, Therm and others.

Information and registration online.

2030 Commitment Chicago Working Group - meeting cancelled

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

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

Information online.

The Case for the Calumet National Heritage Area

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

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) can be useful for environmental, historical, and cultural preservation. This could certainly be the case for areas like the Calumet Region of Indiana and Illinois at the southern end of Lake Michigan. The region has great ecological significance, cultural diversity, and economic might but is now grappling with questions of regional direction in the wake of widespread deindustrialization.

The idea of designating the Calumet as a NHA grew from a 1998 feasibility study by The Case for the Calumet National Heritage Area, presentation by Mark Bouman and William Peterman at the American Planning Association, Chicago, February 25, 2014the National Park Service, which although rejecting the creation of a national "ecological park" in the Calumet, suggested the region contained elements that could be brought together to form a National Heritage Area. The Calumet Heritage Partnership, formed as a result of the study, has worked to keep the Heritage Area idea alive. Participants at a Calumet Summit last spring gave impetus to the idea by overwhelmingly identifying the creation of a NHA as a top priority for the region. Current planning efforts like the Millennium Reserve Initiative in Illinois and the Marquette Plan in Indiana recognize the potential of an NHA to link a possible Pullman National Historical Park to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

In this program, Drs. Mark Bouman, from the Field Museum, and William Peterman, professor emeritus at Chicago State University, will introduce the concept of National Heritage Areas with examples of successful NHAs in other parts of the country; discuss why NHAs should be of interest to planners; and show how the creation of a Calumet NHA would be consistent with and augment existing and evolving plans for the Calumet region.

Information and RSVP: on-line

GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

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

Speaker: Michael Bloom, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings

This seminar will provide an overview of sftool.gov, the U.S. General Services Administration’s popular and free-to-use online tool for learning sustainability terms and concepts, planning projects, exploring sustainable practices in whole building systems and interior spaces, procuring products and sharing knowledge and case studies. Participants will learn to identify and prioritize cost-effective green building and procurement strategies to improve environmental performance; how to compare products and materials along multiple sustainability attributes; how to integrate sustainable practices into projects and procurements beyond large mechanical systems and expert-led construction projects; and how quantifiable savings can result from an interactive online sustainability tool in the areas of training, professional services, research time, operations and more.

Information and registration online.

« February 26, Wednesday »

Lunch Talks@CAF: Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin: Water Justice: Water for All, or Just Us?

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationGreat Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin: Water Justic: Water for All, or Just Us?, presentation by Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore, lunchtime at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, February 26, 2014
Free event - arrive early, seating is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
1 LU/HSW

Presentation by Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

The Great Lakes hold nearly 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water. Yet the United States and Canada together comprise merely six percent of the world's population. What does the future hold for Great Lakes water? Is it a "commons" to be protected, revered? And how did we ever come to think it was okay to treat a living ecosystem as a fitting repository for our waste?

Information: 312/922.3432 or on-line

WWAA-AAA Effective Presenter Training: English and Spanish Speakers wanted!

4:00 - 8:00 p.m., - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Small Practitioners Group
Free for members, $15.00 non- member
4LUs

Whether you speak English, Spanish or both, improve your presentation skills at this intensive half day workshop. Given as a training session for the Working with an Architect (WWAA) outreach program, we will review effective presentation techniques and actively practice them in a series of small group exercises.

Spanish speaking architects are specifically wanted for AIA’s new Spanish language WWAA program. This session will be a joint English-Spanish workshop, with the small practice groups organized by language. By the end of the session you will be well on your way to delivering polished, persuasive presentations and have the opportunity to volunteer to become an active presenter in the WWAA.

WWAA is a free public programs given by licensed architect members of AIA Chicago. They are designed to raise awareness of the role of architects in residential projects, to prepare homeowners for a possible project, and to make the public aware of AIA’s mission and impact in the profession and industry.

Information and registration online.

Computational Tools for Responsive Environmental Design

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, 3rd Floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Chicago Computation Group
Free event

A major hurdle in the industry is the method in which we collaborate. Collaboration happens among any number of entities in the typical AEC arrangement, but also happens on a daily basis within an office or even between software. In this talk Mostapha will discuss the challenges and opportunities of using computation for better collaboration in practice. He will show how CORE Studio at Thornton Tomasetti is using computation to shift the working relationships in the industry.

Mostapha Roudasri is a designer and software developer Thornton Tomasetti in New York City, focusing on environmental design. He is currently a member of the Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio. Over the last few years he has been dedicated to the integration of parametric environmental analysis and architectural design. Mostapha is the developer for Ladybug and Honeybee, open source environmental plug-ins for Grasshopper3d that allow users to run parametric environmental analysis.
Visit the CCG blog here.

Information and registration online.

Planning and Urban Design at Gensler Chicago

6:00 - 7:30 p.m., - Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, 3rd Floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 non- member
1 LU

Andre Brumfield, regional director of planning and urban design at Gensler in Chicago, will discuss neighborhood revitalization, urban redevelopment, and long-range, citywide master-planning efforts through the fields of urban design, master planning, and architecture.

Information and registration online.

« February 27, Thursday »

Back to the Future – Chicago Hotel Market Update

7:45 a.m., registration, 8:15 a.m. , program, 9:00 a.m., Q&A - Union League Club, Main Lounge, 2nd Back to the Future  - Chicago Hotel Market Update, Urban Land Institute of Chicago breakfast panel, February 27, 2014Floor, 65 West Jackson
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago
$55.00 member, $75.00 non-member

In its heyday as the passenger railroad hub of the U.S., Chicago had some of the most famous hotels in the nation including The Hotel Sherman, The LaSalle, The Fort Dearborn and The Great Northern. These hotels have been replaced by subsequent generations of facilities that are designed and operated to serve a constantly changing market of business and leisure travelers. New hotel development has proven capable of transforming neighborhoods by creating desired new services and amenities and by generating additional investment interest in other property sectors in the surrounding area. Learn from a panel of lodging experts about emerging opportunities and trends in developing, owning, operating and financing this exciting property sector.

Panelists will include Scott Greenberg, President, ECD Company; and Daniel Schor, Head of Asset Management, AJ Capital Partners. Ted Mandigo, President, Mandigo & Associates, will serve as moderator.

Information and registration on-line.

Tour: The New Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - 126 East Chestnut Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago IFRAA KC
Free event for members, $15.00 nonmembers - limited to 25 participants, preference given to AIA AIA Chicago offers a tour of the Gratz Center at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, February 27, 2014Chicago member

Brian Vitale, AIA, Design Director, Gensler, will provide a tour of the new, 80,000-square foot, Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The five-story building was built to house office space, meeting rooms, a day school program, and the two-story Buchanan Chapel. Both the interior and exterior of the Gratz Center are boldly modern in design, but still retain elements of the building’s Christian identity through the use of slot windows to abstractly illustrate the Christian calendar and through a recreation of the famous labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral. The tour will showcase each of these spaces and also provide information about the design goals and challenges.

Information and registration online.

Mecca Flat Blues - Gallery TalkCurator Tim Samuelson leads a gallery talk of his exhibition, Mecca Flat Blues, at the Chicago Cultural Center, February 27, 2014

12:15 p.m., - Sidney Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington
Sponsor: Chicago Cultural Center
Free event

BCurator Tim Samuleson will lead a gallery talk of the exhibition, Mecca Flat Blues, which traverses the history of the legendary South Side Chicago apartment complex with large-scale photographs, the written word, music and artifacts.

Information online.

Preservation Forum: Five Stories

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

An organized series of short presentations to act as a forum for the quick sharing of stories and thoughts related to the preservation field.

Purpose: To share and discuss preservation-related insights, projects, and problems with other architects, preservationists and the public. The concise format allows minimum preparation time for presenters and maximum exposure to preservation issues for attendees.

Format: A quick five-minute presentation followed by two to three minutes of feedback or response, then on to the next. Media is optional, but use of images is encouraged. AIA Chicago will rpvidfe a laptop computer so bring a slash drive. During the forum we will accommodate five presentations with time for informal conversation at the end.
Possible Topics:
Project: Share a facet of a project in the office (likely no time to present the whole project)
Experience: Present a great project you visited or heard about
Question: Solicit advice about a problem in the works: management issue, client issue, technical issue.
Theory: Thoughts about the preservation field

Presenters should plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early to prepare. The HR KC will time and moderate this event to keep it moving on schedule.

Presentation ideas should be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, February 13, to HR KC co-chair Carri Andrews.

Information and registration online.

Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist ArchitectureSusan Benjamin will lecture as part of the lecture series, Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture, at the Oak Park Public Library, February 27, 2014

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

Susan Benjamin will talk about the development of the Modern House in Chicago, illustrated by the work of its stellar Modernist architects

Information: On-Line

« February 28, Friday »

Gallery Talk: Gone but Not Forgotten - Architectural FragmentsGallery Talk: Gone but Not Forgotten - Architectural Fragments, at the Art Institute of Chicago, February 4, 2014

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., - Art Institute of Chicago, Meet in Gallery 100
Sponsor: Art Institute of Chicago
Free with museum admission

Follow a lecturer on a tour to learn more about the Modern Wing's architecture in this gallery talk.

Information online.

 
     
     
     

 

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