Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast
Apr24

Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast

Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Studio Gang, which...

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Lucas Museum Gets Design Update, Still Not Coming to Chicago
May08

Lucas Museum Gets Design Update, Still Not Coming to Chicago

The day after the Obama Foundation unveiled its preliminary design for the Obama Presidential Center’s Jackson Park campus, the Lucas Museum unveiled a revised vision for its Museum of Narrative Art. While the Obama museum will eat a large chunk of public park in Chicago, the city is safe from any such incursions by the Lucas Museum because it is still being built in Los Angeles, after being forced out of Chicago by… well,...

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Lucas Lands in L.A.; CHI, SFO Miss Out on Billion Dollar Bonanza
Jan11

Lucas Lands in L.A.; CHI, SFO Miss Out on Billion Dollar Bonanza

The museum that Chicago didn’t want now finally has a home.  After a two-year search, the board of directors at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have decided to locate their new facility in Los Angeles. You’ll remember that Mr. Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, fought hard to locate the art and storytelling museum on the Chicago lakefront, but were eventually thwarted by a group of well-funded and well-connected BANANAs...

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Lucas Museum Gets a West Coast Makeover: Smoother, Curvier, More Elegant
Oct27

Lucas Museum Gets a West Coast Makeover: Smoother, Curvier, More Elegant

The museum that Chicago cast out is homing in on a new place to put down roots.  The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has released information and renderings of the two leading proposals for its new building — one in Los Angeles, and one in San Francisco. Both buildings retail the stark-white-and-curvy sci-fi aesthetic from the original Chicago design.  They also do what they can to simulate a building in a park, within the constraints...

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List+Pix: Wright Buildings Could Become Official World Treasures
Feb02

List+Pix: Wright Buildings Could Become Official World Treasures

One of Chicago’s favorite architects is in line for pretty much the biggest honor that can be bestowed on any member of any civilization: validation from UNESCO. The architect is Frank Lloyd Wright, and ten of his iconic buildings have been nominated for recognition by the United Nations body. To put it in Hollywood terms, when the aliens come to destroy the planet, we’ll gladly sacrifice little Timmy to save Fallingwater....

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