New Name, New Home – The Chicago Architecture Center Opens Today
Aug31

New Name, New Home – The Chicago Architecture Center Opens Today

The organization that is the beating heart of Chicago’s architecture scene opens a new home today. The Chicago Architecture Center will open later this morning at 111 East Wacker Drive. It’s the new home for what used to be called the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  The Foundation has been a long-time resident of 224 South Michigan Avenue, the old Railway Exchange Building.  That building housed the organization’s...

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Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams
Jan22

Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams

The Obama Presidential Center, planned for a sunny stretch of Jackson Park, has been making headlines around the world for the last few weeks.  But not in a good way. Publications from British tabloids to glossy Asian design mags to conspiracy web sites have been carrying stories about what appears to be growing opposition to the project’s scale, impact, location, and sometimes even its existence. (link link link link link link...

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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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Paper Progress with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Renovation
Nov29

Paper Progress with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Renovation

Twenty-one months after it first announced its intention to embark on a huge renovation project, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago finally has permission to do so. During Thanksgiving Week, the city approved a permit for the organization to start its $16 million retrofit: INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO 1ST, 2ND & 3RD FLOORS FOR NEW 1ST FLOOR RESTAURANT AND 2ND & 3RD FLOOR COMMON AREAS FOR EXISTING MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AS...

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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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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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Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan
Aug05

Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan

A couple of days ago, the Obama Foundation announced that Chicago’s Jackson Park will be the location of the Barack Obama Presidential Center. The decision came as a surprise to some observers who believed that Washington Park was a lock. The Jackson decision now leaves them with neighborhood revitalization plans unrealized. Also not happy with the choice is Friends of the Parks. You may remember it as the N.G.O. that scared George...

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Video: The Translucent Lucas Museum That Might Have Been
Jul06

Video: The Translucent Lucas Museum That Might Have Been

  With the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art seeking its fortune out west, one of the firms that put together an idea for the Chicago version of the building has released its proposal for the public to see. AF Asia has the scoopage on OMA’s effort which involves an elevated platform covered in a thin translucent membrane.  At night, the building’s interior lighting would make the entire structure seem to glow like a...

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TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side
Jun30

TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side

After months of anticipation, the Obama Foundation has decided in which direction it wants to go with the Barack Obama Presidential Center: TWBTA out of New York and IDEA in Chicago. You may know TWBTA (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) from such projects as the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Locally, IDEA was the architect of record for Renzo Piano’s Art Institute of...

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