Posts in category "Chicago Architecture"

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson
For Chicago Cultural Center’s late-night building tour with Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson, participants were reminded to BYO Flashlight, and arrive promptly at 10:30 PM. The night concluded around 1AM with a screening of the wonderful “Lost Buildings”, an animated film by Chris Ware; an inspired excursion through Samuelson’s early love of buildings and his... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29
Well, snow and ice are melting and it’s all running into Lake Michigan. It’s also going into the deep tunnel and sewers, and hopefully not into our homes! The Water Reclamation District published a warning today in advance of rain expected tomorrow – and making recommendations about how to prepare. Rain is anticipated in the... Read more »

Always Carry An Umbrella in Singapore: Life Lessons from 2013

Always Carry An Umbrella in Singapore: Life Lessons from 2013
This year, I learned that it’s wise to always carry an umbrella in Singapore. It rains a lot; sometimes unexpectedly (unexpected at least to a North American midwesterner). Reflecting on the year past, I find a few other life lessons to carry into the year ahead. Join me. Type your email address in the box... Read more »
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Patience, Virtue and the Chicago Skyline ... Is This Heaven?

Patience, Virtue and the Chicago Skyline ... Is This Heaven?
“Patience is a virtue”; one of the heavenly ones actually, together with kindness and diligence. … Which it seems to me you need both of if you’re really going to have patience. Here’s a story: Last week a friend told me about the Buddha learning patience. He was meditating and had sat under a tree... Read more »

The Phallus and the Womb in Chicago Architecture: Prentice Hospital and the Sears Tower

The unfortunate destruction of Prentice Hospital for Women has me thinking about metaphor in Chicago Architecture. What do great buildings tell us about ourselves and about our culture; how is cultural meaning embedded in their design and how does this meaning – whether consciously or not – play out in how we embrace or reject... Read more »

Prentice Hospital for Women Meets the Wrecking Ball

Prentice Hospital for Women Meets the Wrecking Ball
Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Hospital for Women is being demolished. Blair Kamin reported on it with a collection of really sad photographs – the blasting sun and crisp colors an incongruous backdrop for the destruction of this wonderful building. It’s appropriate in a way, because the process that brought us to this has been so marked... Read more »
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Chicago Photographs: The Emotional Quality of Place

We accept the places we use on a daily basis. Accept them in that way that doesn’t always ask much – either of them or of ourselves.
The emotional quality of a place can be hard to put a finger on, or can sometimes come at unexpected moments – especially in a vast urban environment like Chicago. Last week I found myself thinking about this as I went about my days.

Resolutions and Best of the Year lists: Twelve Best Places of 2012

Door County’s as good a place as any to start an adventure by land and by sea.
Joining the spate of year-end round-ups; I thought I’d offer my list of 12 favorite and fantastic places I had the joy of being in at some point during this passing year. Below are images I made at each one along the way. Some of these places I’ve written about and some I plan —... Read more »

Grant Park Chicago; Election Night 2012. Place and history for Obama

Grant Park overview Election Night 2012
A very different feeling, a different kind of place than four years ago. Rainy, still, the party moved indoors… I took a walk around near Grant Park earlier tonight. Four years ago flooded with joyful citizens hailing a brand new hopeful day. Four tough years later, and after a brutal campaign the drizzly park felt... Read more »
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Jessica Stockholder's "Color Jam" and Placemaking in Chicago

Artist Jessica Stockholder has created what she calls a '3-dimensional painting' spilling across the surfaces of street and buildings at the intersection of State and Adams in Chicago's loop. The piece is called "Color Jam" and will remain in place through the summer.  In addition to the physical installation, the piece also invites the public to participate in a series of related programs or "JAMS", which include happenings, talks and concerts. Local businesses have invented related products ('color-tinis') and services inspired by the piece.
The concept of “placemaking” has been on my mind these days. The contest by the Metropolitan Planning Council mentioned in my last post has brought it into immediate focus, and lately I realize I’ve been more surrounded by the idea than I had previously thought. (Reminder: if you or anyone you know is engaged in... Read more »