Sing Along: “It’s the Most Wonderful Permit of the Year”
Nov04

Sing Along: “It’s the Most Wonderful Permit of the Year”

Both local baseball teams are done for the year.  Daylight is no longer being saved.  And Tom Skilling is saying ominous things about the months ahead.  Yes, that means it’s time for our favorite construction permit of the year to be issued.  And just like clockwork, one of Santa’s helpers (actually a guy from Criterion Productions) was seen filing paperwork at City Hall recently.  And just as sure as tummy aches follow...

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Cubs Down Two But Blue Is The Color Of The Hour
Oct20

Cubs Down Two But Blue Is The Color Of The Hour

The Cinderella story of the Chicago Cubs’ quest for a World Championship (the first since 1908) is ever-so-slightly in jeopardy, as the club returns home from New York down two games. But the National League Championship Series takes on new life tonight as it returns to Wrigley Field. And all around town, there are signs of Cubs fever and the color blue. A couple of examples spotted by the Chicago Architecture Blog over the...

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OHC2015 Dazzles but Aon is the Star of the Show
Oct19

OHC2015 Dazzles but Aon is the Star of the Show

The banners have been rolled up, the standards furled, and the little golf pencils returned to that special circle of hell where the eraserless little bastards come from.  Another Open House Chicago is officially in the books. The annual event — pulled off by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a squadron of volunteers — entertained, amused, and amazed tens of thousands of architecturally curious argonauts.  Exact figures...

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Architecture Films Now Running in Chicago
Oct15

Architecture Films Now Running in Chicago

If you like architecture, you’ve come to the right web site.  If you like architecture and movies, then you should head over to the 51st annual Chicago International Film Festival, which starts today and runs for two weeks.  That’s because this year’s festival spotlight is “Architecture + Space + Design.” It looks like there are a number of very interesting locally-themed architecture films on offer....

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Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Oct09

Stanley Tigerman on the Chicago Architecture Biennial

One of the legendary names in Chicago architecture has cast his eye over the Chicago Architecture Biennial… and he approves of what he sees. Architectural rebel-turned-elderstatesman Stanley Tigerman sent us a letter to the editor letting us know what he thinks of the event which opened last weekend.  Here are his thoughts:   To the Editor: As someone who has actually been to the Venice Bienniale (of both Art and...

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Self-Assembly Lab Defies Gravity At Biennial With “Rock Print”
Oct09

Self-Assembly Lab Defies Gravity At Biennial With “Rock Print”

It basically looks like a bunch of rocks. Turns out, that’s exactly what it is, but fashioned very carefully. The Chicago Architecture Biennial collaborative installation known as “Rock Print” is the first architectural construction built by robotic machines using only rocks and thread. No adhesive or mortar holds the structure together. “Rock Print” appears to defy gravity. It also offers an intriguing...

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Architecture Biennial Draws 31,000 Visitors—During First Four Days
Oct08

Architecture Biennial Draws 31,000 Visitors—During First Four Days

The Chicago Cultural Center at 78 Eaast Washington Street has been buzzing all week with visitors here to see the Chicago Architecture Biennial. During the opening festivities alone, more than 31,000 people attended Biennial events. In fact, the Biennial generated the highest opening attendance in the history of the Cultural Center. A more typical four-day attendance is 8,800. What is bringing the visitors out? A variety of exhibits,...

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Biennial Origins: A Big Idea From Emanuel And Funding From BP
Oct06

Biennial Origins: A Big Idea From Emanuel And Funding From BP

At the press conference that kicked off the Chicago Architecture Biennial late last week, John Mingé, president of BP of America, explained his first reaction when Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked his company to foot the bill. “We asked ‘What the heck is an architecture biennial?’” Mingé said, adding that BP quickly learned that “This is a celebration of architecture and there is no better city for it.” Before Emanuel reached out to BP, he...

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Canstruction Takes Over Merchandise Mart
Aug27

Canstruction Takes Over Merchandise Mart

This month, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart has been the scene of a slew of engineering feats that would make any grocer jealous. August 12 was build night for the ninth annual Canstruction Chicago contest, a design and build competition benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 20 teams of architects, engineers, real estate developers, and others assembled their creations from ordinary canned goods, turning the Marts’...

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Chicago Architecture Biennial Goes All Video
Jul23

Chicago Architecture Biennial Goes All Video

The people behind the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial have released their first promotional video related to the event.  In compliance with current internet slang, they call it a “teaser trailer.*”  It is, indeed, a tease, and can be viewed above in all its 30-seconds of glory. The Chicago Architecture Biennial starts in October and runs through to the beginning of January.  Lots of events are planned, though not...

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