Happy New Year! Past and future architecture.

In with the old, in with the new.

And isn’t that what makes cities great?

What I’m looking forward to in 2009: The grand opening of Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Above, on the left – Piano’s Modern Wing due to open May 16, 2009.
Above, on the right- Right, Louis Sullivan Arch from the entryway to the Chicago Stock Exchange (1893, demolished 1972.)

Here’s another photo of the new wing-


And the blade of a bridge Piano designed to cross the street from the Art Institute to Millennium Park, and back-

Yes, that is Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Bandshell and trellis you see above.

Neatly engineered, this bridge shoots across the many lanes of Monroe street. Of course the bridge will be modernist white when finished. And doesn’t the city look great, in this winter photo taken yesterday? That gleam, rising on the left, is the still-rising Trump Hotel and Tower. You do see it even from afar.

I’ll have more on Renzo Piano in Chicago soon. Including views inside the galleries.

Happy New Year! Here’s to a fine ’09 – together.
-Edward

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3 Responses to “Happy New Year! Past and future architecture.”

  1. Annie Says:

    Your photos are wonderful. So is your taste in architects. We have a couple of Renzo Pianos here in Houston (de Menil Museum complex.)

  2. Edward Lifson Says:

    Hello Annie,
    Thank you, I’m glad you like the photos. It’s nice to her from you. I have many more photos of Chicago’s new Art Institute wing, I’ll post them here and on the Huffington Post. It’s a beautiful building. Better than Renzo’s LACMA in L.A. Better than Renzo’s California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. That latter is a pretty good building too! The new Art Institute wing is very exciting, in many ways.
    Your Renzo Pianos in Houston are among his best. I adore his Menil Collection building – what a great place to look at art. Great light, through that ingenious ceiling, nice use of plants – it’s always good to combine nature and art – and we all love the way the Menil fits into the neighborhood.
    The Twombly Gallery is also masterful. Both share elements and divine details with the Art Institute. If you like those, you’ll like this, which is at Chicago scale – larger even than Houston-size!
    You’re also so lucky to have the Rothko chapel in your town, not necessarily for the architecture, but certainly for the paintings and for the experience of them in that place, and for the great Barnett Newman monument outdoors in front. Viva Houston!
    Best regards and stay in touch. I have many more great photos, also of Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando works, among others, to come in ’09! I am also planning a trip to China. Happy New Year to you!
    -Edward

  3. Edward Lifson Says:

    Hello Annie,
    Thank you, I’m glad you like the photos. It’s nice to her from you. I have many more photos of Chicago’s new Art Institute wing, I’ll post them here and on the Huffington Post. It’s a beautiful building. Better than Renzo’s LACMA in L.A. Better than Renzo’s California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. That latter is a pretty good building too! The new Art Institute wing is very exciting, in many ways.
    Your Renzo Pianos in Houston are among his best. I adore his Menil Collection building – what a great place to look at art. Great light, through that ingenious ceiling, nice use of plants – it’s always good to combine nature and art – and we all love the way the Menil fits into the neighborhood.
    The Twombly Gallery is also masterful. Both share elements and divine details with the Art Institute. If you like those, you’ll like this, which is at Chicago scale – larger even than Houston-size!
    You’re also so lucky to have the Rothko chapel in your town, not necessarily for the architecture, but certainly for the paintings and for the experience of them in that place, and for the great Barnett Newman monument outdoors in front. Viva Houston!
    Best regards and stay in touch. I have many more great photos, also of Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando works, among others, to come in ’09! I am also planning a trip to China. Happy New Year to you!
    -Edward

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