Neighbor News: Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Rec Center
Oct15

Neighbor News: Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Rec Center

The board of trustees of Beloit College, a private liberal arts school in Wisconsin, chose Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang to convert a century-old electrical power plant into a recreation center for its students. The goal of the project is to utilize sustainable design and revitalize the riverfront. Beloit President Scott Bierman emphasized the center’s mission to connect the college “to community, campus to river, and...

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The Chicago That Could Have Been
Sep29

The Chicago That Could Have Been

We all know Chicago is one of the most architecturally interesting metropolitan cities in the U.S. – maybe even the world. But developers and architects alike face restrictions, many times not realizing amazing experimental designs. The Atlantic outlines some of these broken dreams in a recent article. You can also see many blueprints and sketches at the Expo 72 Gallery  (72 East Randolph Street) in the Loop, where a 160-foot panorama...

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Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago
Aug31

Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago

Chicago is as known for good architecture as its top notch comedy shows. This October 19-20, the public will get a chance to go behind the scenes at 150 of the city’s most iconic buildings for free, during Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has organized the event for its third year. The group works to celebrate established Chicago real estate and inspire individuals to foster further innovation. There are many...

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Studio Gang Designs University of Chicago Dorms [Video]
Aug19

Studio Gang Designs University of Chicago Dorms [Video]

The University of Chicago has chosen the renowned local design firm Studio Gang for the construction of their new residence hall and dining commons. The firm is headed up by Jeanne Gang, a well-known name in the industry for her work on Aqua Tower, among other projects. She is a University of Illinois and Harvard University alum and recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2011. Studio Gang takes on each assignment with a...

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Cubs to Use Historic Wrigley Field Clock as Ad Space?
Aug04

Cubs to Use Historic Wrigley Field Clock as Ad Space?

Chicago’s Landmarks Commission approved a Wrigley Field agreement that will allow the Cubs to display advertisements on the clock that serves as a fixture of the center field scoreboard. This is an item that has “flown under the radar” amid public debate over what renovations will be made in Wrigleyville. The mass media has paid a lot of attention to the proposed controversial video screens that could occupy a total of 7,000 square...

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Architectural Advocacy Group Lobbies for “Chicago’s 7”
Apr19

Architectural Advocacy Group Lobbies for “Chicago’s 7”

For over a decade, Preservation Chicago has worked to protect the city’s historic icons of architecture as well as its original urban centers and neighborhoods. The advocacy group was founded in 2000 and has since formed various partnerships, lobbied for public policy changes, and hosted educational events, all aimed at preserving original Chicago architecture. To generate awareness, the group publishes an annual list, titled...

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The University of Chicago’s New Arts Center Joins Solid Architectural Company
Mar12

The University of Chicago’s New Arts Center Joins Solid Architectural Company

The University of Chicago campus, in Chicago’s illustrious Hyde Park, boasts an intriguing collection of architectural gems. Studding the grounds are the SSA (School of Social Service Administration) building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; several  Law School buildings, designed by Eero Saarinen; and, of course, the Robie Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Now, amidst these historic pieces of architecture, a new...

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Illinois Students Bring New Side to Modernist Farnsworth
Aug28

Illinois Students Bring New Side to Modernist Farnsworth

About an hour southwest of downtown Chicago is Plano, Illinois, a small city that’s home to an iconic structure: the Farnsworth House. For those who don’t know it, this steel and glass structure—an embodiment of modernist ideals—was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat and brought to life by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a master pioneer of modernist architecture. For years, the Farnsworth House has served as a...

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Free Citywide Chicago Architecture Tours This Weekend

Chicago has several on-going architecture tours that run daily. But this weekend offers a special opportunity to visit some of the city’s less accessible sites. Open House Chicago 2011 is a free, self-guided tour that invites the general public to see inside and learn about a variety of different architectural styles and building types in Chicago. Normally you would only be able see an open house when visiting Chicago homes in which...

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A Sneak Peek: New Chicago Architecture Projects

Many cities with an architectural history as rich as Chicago’s might be content to just sit on their laurels, basking in the successful glow of some of the most recognizable and innovative buildings in the world. But not the Windy City. Here’s a closer look at the latest architecture initiatives sure to take Chicagoans (and the world) by storm. Navy Pier Flyover A proposed overpass that would make Chicago a national leader in...

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