DePaul’s New Theater Wins Gold
Feb13

DePaul’s New Theater Wins Gold

The International Olympic Committee isn’t the only panel handing out gold these days.  The U.S. Green Building Council just certified DePaul University’s new theater building LEED Gold. We took you on an extensive tour of the Pelli Clark Pelli-designed building when it opened in September of 2013. You can read DePaul’s press release below the photo gallery.   Image © Jeff Goldberg, Esto. Courtesy of DePaul...

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DePaul University’s New Theater School Takes A Bow
Sep15

DePaul University’s New Theater School Takes A Bow

The new DePaul University Theatre School Building (2350 North Racine Avenue), designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, celebrated its grand opening on Friday and I was privileged to be there for a private tour. The tour was led by the dean of the Theatre School, John Culbert, as well as members of the theater design firm that worked with Pelli, Schuler Shook. Toward the end of our tour, three members of the architectural team joined us. I...

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Demolished Buildings Find New Uses Thanks to a Chicago Non-Profit [Video]
Jan23

Demolished Buildings Find New Uses Thanks to a Chicago Non-Profit [Video]

Recently I took a stroll through Chicago’s Rebuilding Exchange, at 1740 West Webster Avenue. It’s a place where you can spot the remnants of old homes, cathedrals, and other structures. If I needed some plinth blocks, an assortment was available starting at $2 each. I could also have taken with me a church pew or old radiator, although that might not have gone over too well with the driver of the #9 Ashland bus. The...

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Progress on DePaul’s New Theater Building
Jan27

Progress on DePaul’s New Theater Building

Don’t let the hole in the ground fool you. A real drama is underway at the corner of Racine and Fullerton. Six months after groundbreaking, the opening act of DePaul’s new Theater Building is well underway. Heavy machinery guided by men with orange vests move the earth, pour concrete and lay pipes as they transform a parking lot into a modern arts facility. The architect of this play is Cesar Pelli, the former dean of the...

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