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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Here’s Exactly What Chicago Missed Out On By Scaring the Lucas Museum Away
Sep06

Here’s Exactly What Chicago Missed Out On By Scaring the Lucas Museum Away

The noisy, messy, bloody summer battles over the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art are behind us, and this is now the season for healing. George took his gift horse and rode back to San Francisco, where according to local media reports, it is being welcomed with overwhelming support. Part of the reason the notion of the Lucas Museum failed to thrive here in Chicago is because so many people couldn’t get past the false idea that it...

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Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();
May21

Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();

  Protests in favor of the endangered Lucas Museum and against the Friends of the Parks organization seem to be increasing in number and size.  The first protest on May 4 may or may not have even happened, for all the media attention it got.  But the one this past Friday was well attended by local radio, television, online, and print media. In the video above shot by Rebel Force Radio, you can see the protest on the 19th outside...

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Goettsch’s Park Tower Gets Thumb’s Up in SFO
Aug24

Goettsch’s Park Tower Gets Thumb’s Up in SFO

Today we begin a new 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...

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Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago’s SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America
Sep10

Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago’s SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America

It’s been a year since we last took a peek inside prolific Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Since then, a lot has changed so we thought it would be a good time to catch up with C.E.O. John Lahey and what’s going on in his office. Lahey: When we talked last, SCB was going OK, but we’d all taken a hit. Editor: Do you feel the market is coming back? Lahey: We’re doing more than we did at the peak...

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Inside Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Apr30

Inside Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Another Chicago architecture firm has invited us into its offices to give us a look behind the minds that shape our city. Solomon Cordwell Buenz is among the city’s more prolific firms.  If you’ve been to downtown Chicago, you’ve seen an SCB building.  They’re everywhere.  From slender skyscrapers like 50 East Chestnut Street to shorter, but no less prominent, buildings like the Crate and Barrel flagship store...

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