Ultramoderne’s Lakefront Kiosk ‘Chicago Horizon’ Wins Biennial BP Prize
Oct07

Ultramoderne’s Lakefront Kiosk ‘Chicago Horizon’ Wins Biennial BP Prize

Not all noteworthy exhibits at the Chicago Architecture Biennial are indoors. One in particular offers a spectacular view of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. “Chicago Horizon” is a lakefront kiosk that sits just northwest of Shedd Aquarium. The kiosk was designed by Rhode Island-based Ultramoderne. The project team was made up of Yasmin Vobis, Aaron Forrest and Brett Schneider. “Chicago Horizon” was intended...

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Biennial Origins: A Big Idea From Emanuel And Funding From BP
Oct06

Biennial Origins: A Big Idea From Emanuel And Funding From BP

At the press conference that kicked off the Chicago Architecture Biennial late last week, John Mingé, president of BP of America, explained his first reaction when Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked his company to foot the bill. “We asked ‘What the heck is an architecture biennial?’” Mingé said, adding that BP quickly learned that “This is a celebration of architecture and there is no better city for it.” Before Emanuel reached out to BP, he...

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Biennial Opens With Exhibits, Programs and Ideas As Chicago Hosts Architects From Around The World
Oct05

Biennial Opens With Exhibits, Programs and Ideas As Chicago Hosts Architects From Around The World

The Chicago Architectural Biennial has now moved from the planning stage to reality. Architects from around the world gathered at the Chicago Cultural Center over the weekend to marvel at the transformation of the building into architectural central. Biennial planners accepted presentations and exhibits from 100 architects representing more than 30 countries. Those were the best of the concepts offered by 500 different architects and...

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Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank
Sep23

Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank

After years of decay, the newly-restored Stony Island Arts Bank is ready to shine again. The 17,000 square foot building was the most ambitious project undertaken by Rebuild Foundation and its founder, artist/urban planner Theaster Gates, Jr. Stony Island Arts Bank will officially re-open on Oct. 3 as a primary venue for the Chicago Architectural Biennial. A sneak preview was offered over the weekend at the facility at 68th Street and...

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Three More Kiosks Coming to Chicago’s Lakefront
Aug06

Three More Kiosks Coming to Chicago’s Lakefront

Earlier today we told you about Chicago Horizon, the pavilion that won the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s lakefront kiosk contest and $85,000 from B.P.  But that’s not the end of the construction. Three more kiosks will also be built on Chicago’s shoreline as part of the architecture festival. They are collaborations between Chicago architecture schools and architects around the world: The Cent Pavilion Designed by...

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Chicago Biennial About to Become Tangible
Aug06

Chicago Biennial About to Become Tangible

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is fast approaching, and there hasn’t been much to report on.  There was the initial flurry of activity when the event was announced, but then nothing until a couple of weeks ago when a short video was released.  Now, finally we have something to sink our teeth into. The winner of the Chicago Biennial’s lakefront kiosk contest has been announced.  A team from Rhode...

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Chicago Architecture Biennial Goes All Video
Jul23

Chicago Architecture Biennial Goes All Video

The people behind the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial have released their first promotional video related to the event.  In compliance with current internet slang, they call it a “teaser trailer.*”  It is, indeed, a tease, and can be viewed above in all its 30-seconds of glory. The Chicago Architecture Biennial starts in October and runs through to the beginning of January.  Lots of events are planned, though not...

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Who’s Who at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Apr14

Who’s Who at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

  The first Chicago Architecture Biennial is rapidly approaching, and the organizers have just released a list of which firms from which countries will participate.  Check the list below for your favorite nation or company, as the case may be, and read the press release after.  Firms in bold are hometown heroes. Australia: otherothers / David Neustein & Grace Mortlock Belgium: OFFICE / Kersten Geers David Van Severen...

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