Category: CoWorking

Registration Now Open for NeoCon, June 10-12

Registration Now Open for NeoCon, June 10-12
(Chicago, IL – January 16, 2019) Registration is now open for NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. Held from June 10-12 at The Mart in Chicago, the 51st edition will unveil the latest products from leading and emerging companies, as well as explore a... Read more »

Evolving Roles of Architects In Society

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With the tools, technology, and apps (e.g Room Planner, Homestyler Interior Design) available at everyone’s disposal, it seems like everyone can be a designer, or sometimes those without training in architecture & design want to be the designer — even your clients. Architects with training, view such, as frivolous and cause frustrations on what it... Read more »

Building Bridges on Memorial Day

State Street Bridge over the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois. (by Chris Light)
Communities in cities around the USA marched this weekend in memory of those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. For others it is a time to relax, perhaps head to the beach, or barbecue on your backyard. Chicago honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our... Read more »
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Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi Receives the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Balkrishna Doshi 
(Photo courtesy of VSF)
designed Aranya Low Cost Housing (Indore, 1989), which presently accommodates over 80,000 individuals through a system of houses, courtyards and a labyrinth of internal pathways Over 6,500 residences range from modest one-room units to spacious homes, accommodating low and middle-income residents Overlapping layers and transitional areas encourage fluid and adaptable living conditions, customary in Indian society.
Doshi ́s architecture is both poetic and functional The Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore, 1977-1992), inspired by traditional maze-like Indian cities and temples, is organized as interlocking buildings, courts and galleries It also provides a variety of spaces protected from the hot climate. The scale of masonry and vast corridors infused with a campus of greenery allow visitors to be simultaneously indoors and outdoors As people pass through the buildings and spaces, Doshi invites them to experience their surroundings and also suggests the possibility of transformation.
The 2018 Jury Citation states, in part: “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others ” The Jury continues, “Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability”.
His studio, Sangath (Ahmedabad, 1980), translates to “moving together ” The placement of communal spaces, including a garden and outdoor amphitheater, highlights Doshi’s regard for collaboration and social responsibility Vaulted roofs, porcelain mosaic tile coverings, grassy areas, and sunken spaces mitigate extreme heat The mosaic tile detail is echoed in the tortoise-shell inspired roof of Amdavad Ni Gufa (Ahmedabad, 1994), an undulating, cave-like, ferro-cement art gallery, positioned underground, featuring works of Maqbool Fida Husain.
Other notable works include academic institution Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT University) (Ahmedabad, 1966-2012); cultural spaces such as Tagore Memorial Hall (Ahmedabad, 1967), the Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad, 1962), and Premabhai Hall (Ahmedabad, 1976); housing complexes Vidhyadhar Nagar Masterplan and Urban Design (Jaipur, 1984) and Life Insurance Corporation Housing or “Bima Nagar” (Ahmedabad, 1973); and private residence Kamala House (Ahmedabad, 1963), among many others.
“Every object around us, and nature itself—lights, sky, water and storm—everything is in a symphony,” explains Doshi “And this symphony is what architecture is all about My work is the story of my life, continuously evolving, changing and searching...searching to take away the role of architecture, and look only at life”.
Doshi is the 45th Pritzker Prize Laureate, and the first to hail from India The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony commemorates the 40th anniversary of the accolade, and will take place at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, this May. The Laureate will present a public lecture, in partnership with the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto on May 16, 2018.
Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor. Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout... Read more »

Explore Virtual Practices to Make New History during the Chicago Architecture Biennial

An after-work session sponsored by the AIA Trust and the American Institute of Architects Practice Management Knowledge Community (AIA PMKC) will be held on November 9th at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, focusing how technology is impacting architectural practice—with an emphasis on how “virtual practice” is gaining popularity among various types of practitioners. The session... Read more »

Rachel Armstrong, PhD is Headline Speaker for RIBA-USA's Program at Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) USA will bring attendees of the Chicago Architecture Biennial to unusual experiences via a public lecture about “the idea that modern architecture designs for equilibrium – while Nature itself produces structures that are at far from equilibrium” in Chicago’s Fair Lady yacht. Rachel Armstrong, PhD, a Professor of... Read more »
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THE BRITISH ARE COMING! RIBA-USA CELEBRATES THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURAL BIENNIAL IN STYLE!

Contact: James Karl Fischer PhD RIBA President, RIBA-USA tel: 01.973.979.1984 fischer@riba-usa.org Chicago, IL — Just announced! The RIBA-USA, the American Region of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), presents programs as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial! In the spirit of international cooperation and architectural fellowship, the RIBA-USA hopes to enhance international architectural education... Read more »

No matter who you are, what you look like, where you're from, or who you love, you were the 'IN' crowd

The first-ever Global Inclusion Reception (EV321) of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) was held during its national convention in Chicago on June 27, 2014 at the Hafele Chicago Showroom. Here are my three takeaways from the event: It is possible for a diverse group of creative organizations to come together in fellowship. Humanitarian issues,... Read more »

Architecture Showcase: Diversity in Design

Join Chicago and international architects and designers that include Bohdan Gernaga, Ashley Mistry, Juan Moreno, Monte Chapin, Lira Luis, James Karl Fischer, Melissa Sterry, Jimenez Lai, and Sara Frisk as they showcase architecture in all its varied forms as we celebrate design diversity at one of the icons of design, Apple. If you go: Where: Apple... Read more »
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AEC and Design get social in Social Media

The event on March 22nd was attended by a variety of architects, engineers, and contractors, including manufacturers, coming from small, medium, to large firms. 
(image by CWA, BaBette Scheidt)
Event Statistics Industry: AEC, Architecture & Design Speaker: Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, CeMA, LEED AP BD+C Main Sponsors: CWA, AIA Chicago, Porcelanosa Co-Sponsors: Allsteel, Herman Miller Target Turnout: 50 Actual Turnout: 75 (including staff) Location: Porcelanosa showroom, Merchandise Mart Takeaway: “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how... Read more »