Archive for the ‘AIA Chicago’ Category

Happy New Year! Past and future architecture.

01/01/2009
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

Fall at the Farnsworth

10/15/2008




Plan your visit now. 20 – 100 bucks for “Special post-flood” Farnsworth House access. Money raised goes to support the restoration. A lot needs to happen before winter!

It’s lovely in fall, isn’t it? The season and the house remind us that our time on earth is a passage from one state to another. Red, yellow and golden autumn-colored leaves heighten the white of the steel, ceiling and travertine stone, and give it a sheen. As the leaves fall off the branches and alight on the ground, the skeletons of nature and the house become more apparent.
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"A declaration of war on automobiles"

05/12/2008

Well it’s about time.

07/11/2007

Al Capone -> Michael Jordan -> Richard M. Daley

Branding a city.

It used to be, when you told someone that you were from Chicago they’d go ‘rat-a-tat,’ waving around an imaginary machine gun, and say with a big grin, “Al Capone.”

Then came the Michael Jordan championship era with the Chicago Bulls, and when you said you were from Chicago, out-of-towners would smile and say “Michael Jordan! Bulls. Number one!”

So how do you follow that?

Today, when I tell people I’m from Chicago I increasingly hear…

“Ah, you have the best mayor in the country – Mayor Daley. I love Millennium Park, the green roof on City Hall, and all the things he’s doing to make Chicago a “greener” place.”




It shows that the sports teams here are not winning these days.

And that sustainability is a hot issue.
-E

Daley Photo – Steve Liss for TIME

07/03/2007
Chicago Windows – then and now


The great “Chicago windows” of the Reliance Building, reflected in the new glass going up on Block 37 across the street from it.

From the Chicago Landmarks site entry on the Reliance Building:

To Chicagoans of the 1890s, the glass-covered exterior of this building seemed to almost defy gravity. A century later, it is internationally recognized as the direct ancestor of today’s glass-and-steel skyscrapers. Extremely narrow piers, mullions, and spandrels, all covered with cream-colored terra cotta decorated with Gothic-style tracery, divide wide expanses of glass and clearly delineate the interior steel framework that supports the building. The light and airy facade is almost entirely windows–both flat and projecting bays–of the type known as a “Chicago window:” a wide fixed pane with narrow movable sash windows flanking it. A flat cornice tops the 14-story structure.

What will they write of the new windows on the buildings by Perkins and Will rising on Block 37?
-Edward

02/02/2007

Bruce Mau moving closer to Chicago’s Jolly Green Mayor! That’s the plan?

We had this back in November.
At the time Bruce Mau Design’s VP for Development commented,

Just a rumour, but we can’t deny that we’re looking to expand in the US imminently and that, yes, Chicago is a logical outpost, for five million reasons.
Great blog by the way.

Jim Shedden
VP, Development
Bruce Mau Design

And now it can be told. The Toronto Star reports that Bruce Mau Design will open a Chicago office before the end of June. [via] Interesting article for many reasons.

“Sources say there are other factors that make Chicago attractive. Increasingly since 9/11 high-end clients and partners prefer not to cross the border for a meeting. And Mau was seduced when Chicago, unlike his hometown, embraced Massive Change during its run at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art last year.

“The light went on for both of us when we saw how everyone in Chicago, including the mayor, the artists and senior management teams, embraced Bruce,” says Mau’s business partner, Miles Nadal.
Mau and his wife, Aiyemobisi Williams, have told friends they are shopping for a house in Chicago and looking for schools for their three children.

According to Joanne Balles Crosbie, president of Bruce Mau Design, the idea of moving his family to Chicago is under consideration but has not been finalized. And the firm will keep its Toronto office open even if Mau does not reside here.”

And the word is his firm will work with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on the 2009 centennial celebration of the publication of Daniel Burnham‘s “The Plan of Chicago.”

Lynn gets it right, as usual,

“If Mau is expecting the type of fawning he received here to continue in perpetuity, he’ll be in for rude awakening. Chicago, ultimately, is a tough town, with an allergy for puffery no matter how well intentioned. Massive Change was Mau’s Chicago romantic courtship. …

Still, Chicago was built by people who grew tired of where they came from and fell in love with the city, in all its contradictions. Think Sullivan, Mies, Daniel Burnham. If Mau can disenthrall himself from the flatterers – sycophancy is one of Chicago’s baser failings – and really engage the city, warts and all, he could be the next name in that line.”

I know we’re going to see “green” sprout all over here. So the time is right for Mau, now. Daley‘s Dad, Richard I, was content to just

turn the river green once a year and talk about workers downtown one day fishing in it for their lunches. That hasn’t quite happened yet, but, his son the current Mayor wants to turn the whole city green!


Not like this, I mean as in sustainable architecture….
(You know he’s Irish-American, born on Arbor Day – Richard M. Daley)

Good idea. And Mau has a few good ideas too.

-Edwardo

02/02/2007

Bruce Mau moving closer to Chicago’s Jolly Green Mayor! That’s the plan?

We had this back in November.
At the time Bruce Mau Design’s VP for Development commented,

Just a rumour, but we can’t deny that we’re looking to expand in the US imminently and that, yes, Chicago is a logical outpost, for five million reasons.
Great blog by the way.

Jim Shedden
VP, Development
Bruce Mau Design

And now it can be told. The Toronto Star reports that Bruce Mau Design will open a Chicago office before the end of June. [via] Interesting article for many reasons.

“Sources say there are other factors that make Chicago attractive. Increasingly since 9/11 high-end clients and partners prefer not to cross the border for a meeting. And Mau was seduced when Chicago, unlike his hometown, embraced Massive Change during its run at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art last year.

“The light went on for both of us when we saw how everyone in Chicago, including the mayor, the artists and senior management teams, embraced Bruce,” says Mau’s business partner, Miles Nadal.
Mau and his wife, Aiyemobisi Williams, have told friends they are shopping for a house in Chicago and looking for schools for their three children.

According to Joanne Balles Crosbie, president of Bruce Mau Design, the idea of moving his family to Chicago is under consideration but has not been finalized. And the firm will keep its Toronto office open even if Mau does not reside here.”

And the word is his firm will work with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on the 2009 centennial celebration of the publication of Daniel Burnham‘s “The Plan of Chicago.”

Lynn gets it right, as usual,

“If Mau is expecting the type of fawning he received here to continue in perpetuity, he’ll be in for rude awakening. Chicago, ultimately, is a tough town, with an allergy for puffery no matter how well intentioned. Massive Change was Mau’s Chicago romantic courtship. …

Still, Chicago was built by people who grew tired of where they came from and fell in love with the city, in all its contradictions. Think Sullivan, Mies, Daniel Burnham. If Mau can disenthrall himself from the flatterers – sycophancy is one of Chicago’s baser failings – and really engage the city, warts and all, he could be the next name in that line.”

I know we’re going to see “green” sprout all over here. So the time is right for Mau, now. Daley‘s Dad, Richard I, was content to just

turn the river green once a year and talk about workers downtown one day fishing in it for their lunches. That hasn’t quite happened yet, but, his son the current Mayor wants to turn the whole city green!


Not like this, I mean as in sustainable architecture….
(You know he’s Irish-American, born on Arbor Day – Richard M. Daley)

Good idea. And Mau has a few good ideas too.

-Edwardo

01/21/2007

Blair has everything on the latest Calatrava Chicago Spire.

Including a Chicago Tribune video with images of the building.

“The new images show that his design is poised to regain the spectacular whirring energy that captivated the public when Carley announced the high-rise in 2005. They also provide a glimpse of Calatrava’s vision for the skyscraper’s lobby, which would be a soaring, cathedral-like space, five stories tall and framed by arching vaults of concrete.”

“Many have expressed skepticism that Kelleher will ever amass the funds needed to build the 150-story skyscraper.“

“… this could be Chicago’s finest supertall building since the mighty John Hancock Center.”

01/21/2007

Blair has everything on the latest Calatrava Chicago Spire.

Including a Chicago Tribune video with images of the building.

“The new images show that his design is poised to regain the spectacular whirring energy that captivated the public when Carley announced the high-rise in 2005. They also provide a glimpse of Calatrava’s vision for the skyscraper’s lobby, which would be a soaring, cathedral-like space, five stories tall and framed by arching vaults of concrete.”

“Many have expressed skepticism that Kelleher will ever amass the funds needed to build the 150-story skyscraper.“

“… this could be Chicago’s finest supertall building since the mighty John Hancock Center.”

01/21/2007

Blair has everything on the latest Calatrava Chicago Spire.

Including a Chicago Tribune video with images of the building.

“The new images show that his design is poised to regain the spectacular whirring energy that captivated the public when Carley announced the high-rise in 2005. They also provide a glimpse of Calatrava’s vision for the skyscraper’s lobby, which would be a soaring, cathedral-like space, five stories tall and framed by arching vaults of concrete.”

“Many have expressed skepticism that Kelleher will ever amass the funds needed to build the 150-story skyscraper.“

“… this could be Chicago’s finest supertall building since the mighty John Hancock Center.”