Posts in category "Urban Development"

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 »

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 »

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
I stepped up to the edge of Lake Michigan today and the phrase “standing on the edge of wildness” came to mind. I pondered that. Is Lake Michigan wild? Today, my pilgrimage took me on a northern route. I was on my way to a meeting at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher center to listen... Read more »
Advertisement:

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 »

Dutch Elm Disease Monoculture: Remembering Esther Parada

A nighttime view of the lovely elm back in its heyday.
A glorious Elm tree, sick with Dutch elm disease, bit the sawdust down the street yesterday. The neighborhood was lousy all day long with the sound of it; grinding, sawing, chopping, splitting. Huge machines and busy men, bringing memories of my friend Esther Parada, an internationally known artist from Oak Park. In the final decade... Read more »

Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins

Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins
I was about 7 when I ‘went’ as the cowardly lion in a homemade Halloween costume. And the part that matters is that my mom helped me make my tail. I grew up in the country on an old farm with a yard that was pure mud for the first years my parents owned it.... Read more »
Advertisement:

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 »

Twenty Cities Most Vulnerable to Flooding World Tour

“The 20 Cities Most Vulnerable to Flooding” was highlighted recently on ArchDaily website. As I read down the list, it stuck me how many of them are in Asia. I thought about it as a world tour. And there’s an urgency to it as well. I felt a strong urge to pull out a map,... Read more »
Advertisement:

Guggenheim Museum Forum: Genius Loci

Guggenheim Museum Forum: Genius Loci
The Guggenheim Museum Forum is hosting a conversation this week titled “Genius loci”. It’s a online panel discussion about ideas that relate to place and the spirit of place, and a live blog event today at 2 PM. I encourage you to take a look, enjoy and maybe even comment, there, or here, if you... Read more »