Chicago Kids Asked to Design Neighborhood Micro-Libraries
Sep07

Chicago Kids Asked to Design Neighborhood Micro-Libraries

Registration recently opened for a design competition for Chicago high school students interested in architecture.  Students are asked to come up with a design for a public library that also functions as a public gathering space. The challenge is that the library has to be small in size, but big on amenities.  Small means cheap, and the goal is to come up with a scheme that can be deployed in small spaces around the city.  The...

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Chicago Architecture Biennial Coming Back for a Second Year
Sep21

Chicago Architecture Biennial Coming Back for a Second Year

  Over the decades, many Chicago events have come and gone — The New Year’s Eve countdown at Daley Plaza. Swimming races in the Chicago River.  Third of July fireworks in Grant Park.  But one of the city’s more recent events is continuing for a second edition: The Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Windy City’s Biennial made its debut last year, and saw entries from more than a hundred different architects from...

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Biennial Draws A Half Million Visitors, Will Return In 2017
Jan07

Biennial Draws A Half Million Visitors, Will Return In 2017

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is gone but not forgotten. Last Sunday, the event closed after three months. It attracted 530,551 visitors, according to Biennial planners. Those architecture fans visited the Chicago Cultural Center, Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank, Graham Foundation, SC Johnson’s tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed campus, and the lakefront kiosk pavilions on Chase Promenade in Millennium Park)....

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Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes Shop In One More Week
Dec28

Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes Shop In One More Week

You say you’ve got the post-Christmas blues? There’s no more glühwein now that Christkindlmarket is over and a shot of Jeppson’s Malört just won’t cut it even if they both have an umlaut? Perhaps a jolt of culture will put you in the right frame of mind. If you haven’t visited the Chicago Architecture Biennial yet, there’s only one week left. On January 3, the Biennial closes shop after a successful three-month run. Thousands of...

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Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event
Dec01

Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event

The 2015 edition of Chicago’s annual architecture festival was more popular than ever. Open House Chicago, the October 17-18 event orchestrated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offered up a cornucopia of architectural treasures for visitors to see up close. The Foundation provided us with the final statistics for this year’s OHC: There were 85,000 attendees. They made 320,000 visits. That is a 13% increase in traffic over the...

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If Frank Lloyd Wright Had Designed A Bus Shelter, Here’s What It Might Look Like
Nov13

If Frank Lloyd Wright Had Designed A Bus Shelter, Here’s What It Might Look Like

Frank Lloyd Wright was known for many accomplishments. He designed more than 1,100 buildings and homes. His masterpieces included the Guggenheim Museum and the Marin County Civic Center. He developed the theory “form and function are one.” All well and good, but did he ever design a bus shelter? Evidence points to that glaring omission from Wright’s body of work. However, SC Johnson is honoring Wright as part of its...

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Chips And Other Found Objects Make Up “Architecture Is Everywhere” Exhibit
Oct13

Chips And Other Found Objects Make Up “Architecture Is Everywhere” Exhibit

Look around. The chair you’re sitting on, the room you’re occupying, the shrubs in front of your home. Architecture is indeed everywhere. And that is precisely the object of one of the more fascinating exhibits at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto uses “found architecture” in his Architecture Is Everywhere work. It’s also one of the key ideas in his Tokyo-based practice. Fujimoto believes architecture...

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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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