Chicago Kids Asked to Design Neighborhood Micro-Libraries
Sep07

Chicago Kids Asked to Design Neighborhood Micro-Libraries

Registration recently opened for a design competition for Chicago high school students interested in architecture.  Students are asked to come up with a design for a public library that also functions as a public gathering space. The challenge is that the library has to be small in size, but big on amenities.  Small means cheap, and the goal is to come up with a scheme that can be deployed in small spaces around the city.  The...

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Take a Turn Designing an (not “the”) Obama Presidential Library
Mar09

Take a Turn Designing an (not “the”) Obama Presidential Library

While the Jedi battle the Sith in federal court over where to put the still-coming-to-Chicago-for-now Lucas Museum (you can decide which side is which), another major new museum is chugging along with little opposition or fanfare. President Obama’s library —to be known as the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) — will be built eventually on the south side of Chicago.  Who will design the building is still being decided, but chances...

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Three More Kiosks Coming to Chicago’s Lakefront
Aug06

Three More Kiosks Coming to Chicago’s Lakefront

Earlier today we told you about Chicago Horizon, the pavilion that won the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s lakefront kiosk contest and $85,000 from B.P.  But that’s not the end of the construction. Three more kiosks will also be built on Chicago’s shoreline as part of the architecture festival. They are collaborations between Chicago architecture schools and architects around the world: The Cent Pavilion Designed by...

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Chicago Biennial About to Become Tangible
Aug06

Chicago Biennial About to Become Tangible

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is fast approaching, and there hasn’t been much to report on.  There was the initial flurry of activity when the event was announced, but then nothing until a couple of weeks ago when a short video was released.  Now, finally we have something to sink our teeth into. The winner of the Chicago Biennial’s lakefront kiosk contest has been announced.  A team from Rhode...

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CBRE Urban Photography Contest Now On
Jun02

CBRE Urban Photography Contest Now On

There are almost as many photographers in Chicago as there are sights to photograph.  So if you’re a shutterbug at heart, here’s a chance to prove your stuff. Global real estate giant CBRE is now accepting entries for this year’s urban photography contest. Of course, choosing a favorite photograph is like choosing a favorite child.  The good news is that you can enter up to 24 different photos. Chicago was not...

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Design With Company Named 2015 Ragdale Ring Winning Team With Shaw Town
Mar26

Design With Company Named 2015 Ragdale Ring Winning Team With Shaw Town

When Stewart Hicks and Allison Newmeyer began developing a concept for their Ragdale Ring entry, they found their inspiration in the person of Howard Van Doren Shaw. The outdoor theater at Ragdale was originally designed by Shaw in 1912. The Ragdale Ring competition allows design teams to reinterpret Shaw’s vision. That vision will come to life this summer under the direction of Hicks and Newmeyer, partners in the West Loop firm...

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Inside The Creative Process: How The 2014 Ragdale Ring Winners Came Up With Their Concept
May30

Inside The Creative Process: How The 2014 Ragdale Ring Winners Came Up With Their Concept

  Creative people are wired up differently than ordinary folks. And that’s a good thing. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to look out at the Chicago skyline and be wowed each and every day. The two young architects who won the 2014 Ragdale Ring competition embody creativity and experimentation. Their design is a bold mixture of straight lines and wattles (hay wrapped in tubes). If it sounds odd, well, you have to see the nearly finished...

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A Ragdale Ring for a New Century
Jul18

A Ragdale Ring for a New Century

  One hundred and one years ago, Ragdale, the Lake Forest nonprofit artist residency program ,and Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the original Ragdale Ring, an outdoor performance space. Earlier this year, a mere century later, Ragdale launched a design competition inviting architects and designers to create contemporary works, essentially updating Shaw’s original space. The winning design team was...

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Wooden Architecture Contest Winners

A while back we told you about the Wood Design Awards, a competition for architects and engineers who use wood in their buildings, but not in homes. Two of the winners in the Midwest region are from Chicagoland, and one of them is local rising star Studio Gang, so here’s the press release and I’ll paste in pictures of the various projects so you can see what was done: WoodWorks Honors Regional Architects, Engineers at...

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