Category: Chicago Architecture

Loving the Sears Tower in Photographs

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Truth be told, when visitors come to town I take them to the top of the John Hancock rather than the Sears Tower (I know, Willis Tower… ). I like the view better from The Hancock. I love that you can see up and down the lakefront. I love that it’s in an older part... Read more »

Light in the Chicago Loop: A Photographer’s appreciation

Light in the Chicago Loop is a photographer’s inspiration. It plays across surfaces, curls around the corners of a collection of the world’s greatest buildings, and surprises with an occasional flash of brilliance. A few years ago one morning, a colleague and I happened to arrive together at the entrance of our office building in... Read more »

Wisconsin's Lady "Forward": history offers hope

"Forward" frames the Wisconsin State Capitol
“Forward” caught my eye recently. She strides outside the State Capitol building in Madison Wisconsin; “Forward” being the state’s motto, and also an allegorical sculpture positioned outside the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Miss Forward, as she is sometimes called, was sculpted by Jean Pond Miner for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, and... Read more »
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The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder

The Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 highlights from this first-ever wonder
The first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial ended last month, and I must say I was sad to see it go. By any stretch, the Biennial was a rocking success. Thousands of people came, hundreds of architects participated, millions of conversations, discussions, presentations, debates… This is the great success of the thing. People engaged. And in that... Read more »

Dreaming Place: Frank Lloyd Wright and China at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Dreaming Place: Frank Lloyd Wright and China at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
On my way over to the Cultural Center for “Reading Mile High: Frank Lloyd Wright Takes on Chicago”, a talk given by Curator Barry Bergdoll at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, I stopped by a brilliant little photography show at the Columbia College’s C33 Gallery. “Architecture of Unborn Cities”, photographs by Kai Caemmerer is only up... Read more »

Gilded Age Glitter at The Glessner House Wins Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus President’s Award for Stewardship

Gilded Age Glitter at The Glessner House Wins Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus President’s Award for Stewardship
Swing open the massive door at 1800 Prairie Avenue, and step into the Gilded Age. This is the Glessner House. Designed by preeminent American architect H.H. Richardson just before his death in 1886, it is a masterpiece of urban residential design, and enormously influential in American architecture. Now, as a Museum, the Glessner House has... Read more »
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Reduce Reuse Recycle. The National Public Housing Museum gets some light from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Reduce Reuse Recycle. The National Public Housing Museum gets some light from the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Part of what’s great about the Chicago Architecture Biennial is that on-going projects get fresh energy and new attention. An example of this is the project to create a National Public Housing Museum in the last remaining building of the former Jane Addams Public Housing project on Chicago’s west side. The Jane Addams Homes opened... Read more »

Highlights from Opening Weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Highlights from Opening Weekend of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs through the month of December, kicked off with quite a bang this weekend. Here are a few highlights from things I’ve seen in the first few days. It’s a whirlwind of ideas and explorations. There is much to see and more to come. Others have mentioned the unwieldiness of... Read more »

Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview - Exploring Space, Home, House, and Shelter

Chicago Architecture Biennial Preview - Exploring Space, Home, House, and Shelter
This weekend, I went out to get a preview of some of the offerings of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial that will take over the city starting this week. The CAB website is chock-a-block with events and exhibits, lectures, openings, new ideas. It’s all very exciting, and promises much to savor over the coming months.... Read more »
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One Book Chicago: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja is a Perfect Tie-In to the Chicago Architecture Biennial

One Book Chicago: The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja is a Perfect Tie-In to the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Public Library has chosen a perfect book for this year’s citywide “One Book One Chicago” program, especially given the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial. Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast is carefully researched, passionately written, and profoundly insightful. It sets a broad and colorful context for this fall’s inaugural Architectural Biennial. Dyja’s book is built... Read more »