University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out
Sep29

University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out

From NEIU to Northwestern to the University of Chicago, local colleges are getting on board with the trend in academia to embrace leading-edge architecture.  The University of Chicago was one of the Chicagoland pioneers in this arena with Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, and the West Campus Combined Utility Plant before that. Another starchitect is putting her mark on the U.C. campus.  Jeanne Gang’s North Residential Hall...

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Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way
Jun08

Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way

Next time you’re down in the greater University of Chicago area, stop by the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 South Cornell Avenue) to see what Susan Giles has done with four architectural landmarks. The Chicago artist has created enormous models of the world’s four tallest observation towers as part of her exhibit Scenic Overlook.  If you’re scratching your brain trying to remember which four towers currently hold the...

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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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University of Chicago Breaks Ground on Studio Gang Dorm
Jun06

University of Chicago Breaks Ground on Studio Gang Dorm

  It’s been a year since we first brought you news that Chicago’s own Studio Gang Architects would leave its Midas touch on the University of Chicago.  Today the U.C. will break ground on the new dorm. This article was published before the groundbreaking actually happened, so instead of pictures of people in suits standing around with hard hats and shovels, enjoy the video of the completed building above.  Or if...

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Your OHC Photos: Hyde Park Bank
Oct30

Your OHC Photos: Hyde Park Bank

One of the great things about Open House Chicago is that it’s an opportunity to explore neighborhoods you don’t get to as often as you’d like.  Fortunately, Man_ofSteel managed to get down to Hyde Park to see the Hyde Park Bank Building. When it was built in 1929, it was the largest bank in Chicago outside of The Loop, and was named a city landmark in 2008. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just...

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Your OHC Photos: The Powhattan Apartments
Oct27

Your OHC Photos: The Powhattan Apartments

During the Art Deco era, Chicago was a bustling city growing faster than anyone could imagine.  That’s why its art deco masterpieces are scattered all over the city, and not just concentrated downtown or in one neighborhood. The Powhattan Apartments (4950 South Chicago Beach Drive) down in Hyde Park are among Chicago’s art decor treasures, and was among those venues open to the public during the 2013 Open House Chicago....

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Studio Gang Designs University of Chicago Dorms [Video]
Aug19

Studio Gang Designs University of Chicago Dorms [Video]

The University of Chicago has chosen the renowned local design firm Studio Gang for the construction of their new residence hall and dining commons. The firm is headed up by Jeanne Gang, a well-known name in the industry for her work on Aqua Tower, among other projects. She is a University of Illinois and Harvard University alum and recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2011. Studio Gang takes on each assignment with a...

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Jeanne Gang to Pierce the U.C. Campus With a Residential Tower
Jul23

Jeanne Gang to Pierce the U.C. Campus With a Residential Tower

Today the University of Chicago unveiled its plans to build a new cafeteria and residential tower on the northern edge of its Hyde Park campus, replacing the existing Pierce Tower and Dining Commons building (5514 South University Avenue). Jeanne Gang, best known for her iconic Aqua tower in The Loop, designed the new buildings in partnership with Mortenson Construction, which seem to have a retro brutalist theme combined with modern...

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Landscape Architect Finds Her Creativity Working In A Small Space
May29

Landscape Architect Finds Her Creativity Working In A Small Space

Like most architects, Juli Ordower can look at a space and visualize a design in her mind. Ordower also must consider how the completed work will change and grow over months and years. Ordower is a landscape architect. Her firm specializes in working with small spaces, so the compact urban lots common to Chicago bungalows don’t deter her creativity at all. “It allows me to be more creative than working on a large commercial space,”...

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“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor
May14

“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor

  Robert Berg isn’t sure when Foster Design Build became known as the go-to firm for peculiar projects. But, he’s got a pretty good idea idea how it happened. “We specialize in quirky jobs,” said Berg, president of Foster. “And we often find ourselves working on unique, interesting projects.” Right now, Foster is preparing to renovate the former Lincoln Square Firehouse, a 1890’s-vintage structure at 2100 West Eastwood...

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