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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Inside Baseball: Dirk Lohan Makes a Wight Decision
Dec16

Inside Baseball: Dirk Lohan Makes a Wight Decision

Big name Chicago architect Dirk Lohan is making a New Year’s relocation: He’s moving to Wight & Company, along with a number of his staffers and partner. Lohan’s current firm, Lohan Anderson, will cease to exist, and both Mr. Lohan and his partner Floyd Anderson will hang out a new shingle as “Studio Lohan” under the Wight & Company umbrella.  They will also become principals in Wight &...

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IIT Goes High Tech With The Latest In Sun Shading For New Innovation Center
May26

IIT Goes High Tech With The Latest In Sun Shading For New Innovation Center

When Illinois Institute of Technology began planning its new innovation center, John Ronan, the project’s architect, came to one early conclusion. “It’s a building for innovation, so the building itself should be innovative,” Ronan told me. He certainly made good on that promise. IIT’s new Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will fit nicely in the Mies Campus with its sleek, modern exterior. And, if...

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From High Atop Michigan Avenue, The Cliff Dwellers Club Offers A Gathering Place For Patrons Of The Arts
Nov18

From High Atop Michigan Avenue, The Cliff Dwellers Club Offers A Gathering Place For Patrons Of The Arts

“We eat a lot of lunches here—it’s a gathering place for conversation.” That—and a stunning view—is the essence of the Cliff Dwellers. The club atop 200 South Michigan Avenue is a haven and hangout for patrons of the arts. It also was one of the 150 unique locations offered up by the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the 2014 Open House Chicago. Cliff Dwellers was founded in 1907 by Hamlin Garland, an author prominent in the arts...

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8-Bit Farnsworth House
Jul27

8-Bit Farnsworth House

  I’ll admit it—I’m a little into retro things.  Nothing crazy like my record-collecting, Eames-chair-sitting, Dean-Martin-loving wife. But I do have an Atari 2600 hooked up to my flat screen, I keep personal notes in WordStar for CP/M, and I’m in the middle of a game of Zork I on my iPhone. For those of you into the whole 8-bit thing, check out the video above by Matteo Muci.  It’s animated, simplified...

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Plans Floated For Saving Farnsworth House From the Fox River
Jun02

Plans Floated For Saving Farnsworth House From the Fox River

The Farnsworth House can’t catch a break from Mother Nature. The nearby Fox River repeatedly threatens the historic Mies van der Rohe-designed house. All too frequently, the rising water floods Farnsworth House (14520 River Road, Plano). Only a few years after it was built in 1951, two feet of flood water gave it a quite unintended and unwanted indoor pool. It wouldn’t be the last time.  The most recent time the river entered the...

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Architecture Students Trying to Preserve History
Feb21

Architecture Students Trying to Preserve History

A group of students from the Illinois Institute of Technology are putting their education to work in the real world. They’ve taken up a project to build exhibit space at  Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (14520 River Road, Plano), about 60 miles west of Chicago. Farnsworth House (if you haven’t heard of it, just pick up a Chicago Tribune, it’s in there pretty much every day) is a one-room weekend...

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