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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Chicago Gets a Third Architecture Festival This Year
Jul22

Chicago Gets a Third Architecture Festival This Year

There certainly seems to be a lot of interest in Chicago architecture these days. The annual Open House Chicago event is less than 100 days away. And the Chicago Architecture Biennial starts in a little over two months. But  the third festival of Chicago architecture isn’t even happening in Chicago.  It’s being held almost 7,000 miles away in South Korea’s “Second City,” Busan. If you know your...

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Wright Time to Visit Oak Park
Jul16

Wright Time to Visit Oak Park

Do you love architecture? Of course you do!  Do you love money? Of course you do! That’s why it’s important for you to know that tomorrow you can tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park for the low low price of… free!  It’s a bargain at twice the price! The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is having a whole day of free events and tours to celebrate the first tour it gave way back in 1974, when a stamp...

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Throwback Thursday: Taste of Chicago 2004
Jul09

Throwback Thursday: Taste of Chicago 2004

The Taste of Chicago is going on right now in Grant Park, and it’s a very nice summer food event, and our favorite way to combine sunburn and jerk chicken.  And as much as we’re a rah-rah “Go Chicago” kinda blog, the fact is that these days the Taste is only a “taste portion” of what it once was. Back before the economy ate itself and “good enough” became good enough for city hall, the...

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