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This calendar of Chicago architectural events is jointly sponsored by Repeat and the Chicago Architectural Club.

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   April 1, Saturday

`Three Lost Architectural Visions

2:00 A.M. until closing. - Stop 'N Drink Academia, 134 West Wacker (lower level)
Sponsor: Museum of Marginal Art
Five drink minimum - visitors must sign liability waiver

Lecture by J. Anniston-Vaughn, professor of Architecture, Art History and Cosmetology, College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee at Dollywood, discussing three lost masterpieces of 20th Century architecture: Eric Blore's Procter House, the 30 story office tower so perfectly minimalimist that, for the nearly five decades since its construction, no one has been able to find it; Stig Worden's iconic Belgian Museum, so richly dense with program and ideas that there was no room left for art or people; and Arthur Donder's proto-brutalist Muncie Convention Hall, which tackled and destroyed several adjacent hotels before choking to death on a pizza take-out stand modeled after Rome's S. Andrea al Quirinale.

Information: 312/555-04657 or via email

   April 3, Monday

Martin Fischer

6:00 P.M. - Room 1100, UIC School of Architecture, 845 West Harrison Street
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lecture by Martin Fischer, Stanford Unversity Associate Professor and director of the Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE)

Information: 312/996.3335 or via email

   April 4, Tuesday

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Training

8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. - Metcalf Building, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 3nd Floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
Free event. - I.D. required to enter building.
6 LU/HSW each day

Opening day of two-day event. Today's topics: Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements (Technical Overview); Strategies for Compliant Kitchens and Bathrooms; and Accessible Public and Common Use Areas.

Register for this event. Information online or :email Rachel Peck or call 703/747-8555

First Tuesdays Happy Hour With the Emerging Green Builders

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Monk's Pub, 205 West Lake Street
Sponsor: AIA Young Architects Forum
Free event

Join us at our monthly networking happy hour. Meet architects, planners, interior designers, and this month, meet members of the Emerging Green Builders, a network of local students and young professionals who are intent on promoting the integration of future leaders into the green building movement. Bring a friend, AIA membership is not required.

Information: 312/670.7770

Building for Extreme Events ­  Lessons Learned from Katrina

5:30 P.M. cash bar; 6:30 P.M. program -Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevardf
Sponsor: Structural Engineerers Association of Illinois
Reception and program free and open to public, reservations required.

A lecture on Hurricane Katrina by Bill Coulbourne, PE. Bill is with URS Corp and is managing the Mitigation Assessment Team for FEMA in Mississippi and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.    The lecture will be held, on April 4, 2006 at the Union League Club.” The lecture will present an overview the structural damage in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and address the question raised by a lot of the survivors, “would stronger building codes have resulted in less damage?”.

Reservations: call Donna Childs at 312.649.4600 x200

Brigitte Shim

6:00 P.M. - Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Women in Architecture
Free event.

Lecture by Brigitte Shim is an architecture professor at the University of Toronto and principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, a firm interested in the integration of furniture, architecture and landscape.

Call the MCA box office for tickets: 312/397.4010 or register on-line ($3 service charge for phone and website reservations)

Making Your House Into a Home: Working With an Architect

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
Free event

To help those contemplating a major home renovation or building project, the Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) will offer free two-hour seminars offering information designed to simplify the process and get major home projects off to a strong start. Topics covered include: When and why to use an architect; How to choose the right architect for your project; What to expect during the design and construction phases; Where to turn for more information about zoning, building code, and permit regulations; and how to avoid costly surprises.

For information, call Amy Brierly or Laura Hill at 312/595.0670

   April 5, Wednesday

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Training

8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. - Metcalf Building, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 3nd Floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance
Free event. - I.D. required to enter building.
6 LU/HSW each day

Closing day of two-day event. Today's topics:F air Housing Act Accessibility Requirements Overview; Common Design & Construction Violations & Solutionsl and Making Housing Accessible through Accommodations and Modifications.

Register for this event. Information online or :email Rachel Peck or call 703/747-8555

Traditional Building Chicago 2006

9:15 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. - Navy Pier
Sponsor: Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference,
$150.00 - $585.00, as well as individual prices for some events

Opening day of four-day conference - formerly known as the Restoration and Renovation Show - is a national trade show and conference for old house owners, architects, contractors, developers, building owners and craftsmen involved in historic restoration, renovation, and traditionally-inspired new design and construction. Learn about 20th-century materials and building styles- Beaux Arts, International Style, Modernism, Arts & Crafts, Prairie Style, Bauhaus, Bungalows, and Lustron houses. Uncover creative ways to maintain, restore and rehabilitate.Hear about the rich legacy of Chicago's famed architects and efforts to preserve their work. Discover how historic preservation is transforming the face of the 20th-century metropolis for the 21st century through adaptive re-use, sympathetic infill, and the creation of new zoning ordinances. This year's event will showcase more than 200 exhibitors of products and services and offer over 75 educational seminars, workshops and tours covering a wide array of topics and product segments, including commercial, institutional, public, and residential building.

Information 202/339.0749

The Chicago Brownfields Initiative

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - part of CAF Eric R. Multhauf Lunchtime Lecture series. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. A Corner Bakery is also on the premises.
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Lecture by Kimberly Worthington, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Environment, City of Chicago.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Less is More . . . Only When Less is the Sum Total of More

6:00 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

Lecture by Robert Irwin, painter and installation artist.

Information 312/567.3279

Failure as an Option

6:00 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free event

Lecture by David Brown, associate professor of architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently investigating, in design research and teaching, ways in which the concerns of existing organizations overseeing various scales of metropolitan development can provide parameters for modes of urban design and planning that can negotiate an area’s transformation in time. He is co-editor of two publications Row: Trajectories Through the Shotgun House, a forthcoming Architecture at Rice publication supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Built Surface, a workshop catalog supported by a Graham Foundation Grant that document symposiums that he co-organized while teaching at Rice University and Florida A&M University, respectively.

RSVP online - Information or call:312/867.7254

Multi-Cultural Modernism

6:00 P.M. - Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event - registration required

Steven Ehrlich will share his distinctive approach to creating meaningful architecture for the 21st century. In this talk Ehrlich traces the evolution of his philosophy, incorporating numerous examples from his recent work in the U.S. and around the world. Citing the unique convergence of factors that challenge today's architects to adapt to global realities, Ehrlich makes a compelling case for multi-cultural modernism as a vital and flexible architectural language for our time. The lecture will elucidate the following four elements of multi-cultural modernism: sensing place and listening to people; courtyards as an antidote to density stress; the influence of Los Angeles, city of the future; and cross-cultural fusion.

Register on-line. Information: 312/787.4071 or on-line

 

   April 6, Thursday

Traditional Building Chicago 2006

8:00 A.M. - 8:30 P.M. - Navy Pier
Sponsor: Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference,
$150.00 - $585.00, as well as individual prices for some events

Second day of four-day conference - formerly known as the Restoration and Renovation Show - a national trade show and conference for old house owners, architects, contractors, developers, building owners and craftsmen involved in historic restoration, renovation, and traditionally-inspired new design and construction. See April 6th entry for more details. The Traditional Building Gala Reception will be tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Information 202/339.0749

Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse

12:15 P.M. - Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Millennium Park Room, 5th floor southeast
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free event

Mesirow Stein Real Estate served as the development manager for the new Domestic Violence Courthouse at 555 W. Harrison, which opened last October. Jeff Foster of Mesirow-Stein will review the challenges and successes of renovating a four-story loft warehouse into a 10-courtroom, state-of-the-art courthouse that incorporates the needs of judges, security, defendants, prisoners, and children of domestic violence

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

Monthly meeting. 12:45 P.M., 33 N. LaSalle, Room 1600
Note: Permit Review Committee meets after Landmarks Commission - estimated start time 1:30 P.M.
Open to the public

April agenda

Design Evanston 2005 Design Awards

6:00 P.M. - The Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Sponsor: Design Evanston, Evanston Chamber of Commerce
Design Evanston members $10,00, $15.00 for general public

Every year Design Evanston recognizes recent projects of quality with a design award that is given to the owner of the project. Awards are granted in five categories: Architectural Design, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Graphic Design, and Merchandising Design. The projects will be officially recognized at tonight's presentation ceremony. A food and beverage reception will follow the presentation. Design Evanston is a not-for-profit design advocacy organization devoted to encouraging and recognizing good design in the City of Evanston. The organization is composed of design professionals and other concerned citizens who live or work in Evanston.

RSVP to the the Evanston Chamber of Commerce at 847/328.1500 ext 22. For information contact David Galloway, president, at 847/492.9509 or via e-mail.

Mies Memory Box

6:00 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, Lower Core, 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

Lecture by Lars Scharnholz, professor of European University Vladrina and AINOVAin Bratislava and Research Director of the Polish-German Institute of New Industrial Culture INIK.

How does one preserve a minimalist project for which few elements are left? Scharnholz's lecture will address the relationship between minimalism and preservation, and the conceptual issues raised by the preservation of Mies van der Rohe's Landhaus Wolf in Gubin, Poland. Mie's first modernist building existed only until the early 1960's. War damage and plundering for building materials have left only a few elements and its gardens intact. Before any ideas of a rebuild could actually gather pace, another variation was being discussed: The "Mies Memory Box" project, which applies faith ina long-term process and in a collaborative search for future approaches to the site.

Information 312/567.3279

Event Spaces: Millennium Park, the Olympic Games, and the Spectacular Future of Public Place

6:00 P.M. - John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, American Society of Landscape Architects
$20 ($10 CAF members)

From Chicago’s own Millennium Park, to master plans for the Olympic Games, new projects are redefining how we approach public space. Three designers and organizers of event and public spaces come together for a dialogue on the future of public space. Panelists will include STS Alexander Garvin, Alex Garvin & Associates, New York; Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York; and Edward Uhlir, with CAF Curator Ned Cramer as moderator. Presented in conjuction with CAF exhibition Open: New Designs for Public Space.

Make reservations on-line or call 312/922.3432 x 266. Information

   April 7, Friday

Traditional Building Chicago 2006

8:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M. - Navy Pier
Sponsor: Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference,
$150.00 - $585.00, as well as individual prices for some events

Third day of four-day conference - formerly known as the Restoration and Renovation Show - a national trade show and conference for old house owners, architects, contractors, developers, building owners and craftsmen involved in historic restoration, renovation, and traditionally-inspired new design and construction. See April 6th entry for more details. Tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. , Navy Pier will be transformed into a speakeasy for an evening including a silent auction benefiting The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.

Information 202/339.0749

Opening Night Gala, Chicago Modernism Show & Sale

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - 1422 N. Kingsbury
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago,
$75.00 in advance, $100.00 at the door

In its third year, Chicago Modernism is expected to draw large numbers of locals and out-of-towners who admire and collect the works of celebrated 20th Century designers including Wright, Le Corbusier, van der Rohe, Rohde, Eames, Noguchi, and many others. A select group of dealers from London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, and Detroit, will participate in Chicago Modernism, as well as several prominent local dealers and galleries. The exhibition and sale will feature a full range of high quality 20th Century furnishings, decorative arts, and fine arts in room-setting vignettes including furniture, lighting, paintings, prints, silver, porcelain, art glass, pottery, rugs, textiles, bronzes, vintage clothing, and more. All merchandise offered for sale at the show is authentic, with no reproductions permitted. The Architecture & Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago will host an early buying benefit preview to allow serious collectors a chance to see the show before it opens to the public. All proceeds from this event benefit the Architecture & Design Society's education and acquisition fund

Ticket Purchase Information, call 312/443-7300

   April 8, Saturday

Traditional Building Chicago 2006

8:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. - Navy Pier
Sponsor: Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference,
$150.00 - $585.00, as well as individual prices for some events

Closing day of four-day conference - formerly known as the Restoration and Renovation Show - a national trade show and conference for old house owners, architects, contractors, developers, building owners and craftsmen involved in historic restoration, renovation, and traditionally-inspired new design and construction. See April 6th entry for more details. Tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., there will be a reception for the Historic Resources Committee at Driehaus Capital Management's historic Ransom Cable mansion.

Information 202/339.0749

Chicago Modernism Show and Sale

10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. - 1422 Kingsbury
Sponsor: Dolphin Promotions, Inc.,
$10.00

Over 75 national and international decorative & fine arts dealers representing the 20th Century will convene for the 3rd Annual Chicago Modernism Show & Sale. The exhibition and sale will feature a full range of high-quality 20th Century furnishings, decorative arts, and fine arts in room-setting vignettes including furniture, lighting, paintings, prints, silver, porcelain, art glass, pottery, rugs, textiles, bronzes, vintage clothing, and more.

Information / Exhibitor List / 708-366-2710

Building Tour: Miller Hull Partnership

1:30 - 3:00 P.M. - 156 West Superior
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1.5 LU/HSW

Hear the "behind the scenes" story of this new apartment building, designed by Dave Miller, Miller Hull Partnership, and architect of record Mark Peters, AIA, Studio Dwell Architects, who will review the design process from site constraints to materials selection and lead a tour of the building. Limited to 20 participants. Hard hats required. Meet in front of the building.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   April 9, Sunday

Chicago Modernism Show and Sale

Noon - 5:00 P.M. - 1422 Kingsbury
Sponsor: Dolphin Promotions, Inc.,
$10.00

Closing day. Over 75 national and international decorative & fine arts dealers representing the 20th Century will convene for the 3rd Annual Chicago Modernism Show & Sale. The exhibition and sale will feature a full range of high-quality 20th Century furnishings, decorative arts, and fine arts in room-setting vignettes including furniture, lighting, paintings, prints, silver, porcelain, art glass, pottery, rugs, textiles, bronzes, vintage clothing, and more.

Information / Exhibitor List / 708-366-2710

   April 11, Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

Monthly meeting. 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers
Open to the public

April agenda

Todd Eberle - Architectural Abstractions

6:00 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, , Lower Core,3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by photographer Todd Eberle.

Information 312/567.3279

   April 12, Wednesday

The Lake Michigan Watershed Academy

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

The Lake Michigan Watershed Academy is an unprecedented multi-jurisdictional partnership of nine regional planning councils and councils of governments from four states working cooperatively to benefit the lake and its environs. Ron Thomas, executive director of the Northeast Illinois Planning Commission, is a leading organizer of the Academy. He will present an overview of this initiative which includes portions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan in the "Southlake" region. Ron will set these initiatives within the broader context of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, which was released in December 2005 in response to a Presidential call to address environmental challenges of the Great Lakes system.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

The Building Through the Woods: Designing the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - part of CAF Eric R. Multhauf Lunchtime Lecture series. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. A Corner Bakery is also on the premises.
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Lecture by Marc L’Italien, principal, EHDD Architects.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Archeworks Papers - Reception and Book signing

6:00 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free event

Former Archeworks facilitator and Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology Ben Nicholson delivered his paper New Harmony: The Hands Can't Do What the Mind Can't See in Fall 2005 as part of the Archeworks Lecture Series. The paper was responded to by Archeworks Co-founders Eva Maddox and Stanley Tigerman, and former Archeworks faculty member and architect Doug Garofalo, and is now being published as The Archeworks Papers, Volume 1, number three. Ben Nicholson is a studio professor in IIT’s College of Architecture. He is an architectural historian, designer and observer of American culture. He received his Masters in Architecture at Cranbrook Academy.

RSVP online - Information or call:312/867.7254

   April 13, Thursday

Preserving a Piece of Mies - Part 4: Beyond Mies - MoMA Returns

12:00 - 1:00 P.M -AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City recently re-opened after a major expansion and renovation, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi with KPF as executive architect and R.A. Heintges as façade consultant. The work included renovating the museum's original 53rd St. façade, designed by Philip L. Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone and built in 1939. Scott Murray, now teaching at UIUC and previously with R.A. Heintges, will focus on restoration of lost elements of the original design.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Ben F. Laposky - The 1953 Electronic Abstractions Exhibition, restaged and remixed - opening reception

4:30 - 7:30 P.M.. - IIT, Paul V. Galvin Library, 35 West 33rd Street
Sponsor: Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

The late Ben Laposky is among the pioneers in electronic art, which preceded the development of computer graphics. This exhibit recreates his first exhibition held in 1953. It includes over 100 black & white and color images, and is the first showing of his collected works and historical images from his archives in over 35 years.

Information 312/567.5293

   April 15, Saturday

Building a Zero Energy Home

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Presenter: Zoka Zola, Zoka Zola Architects

Zoka Zola will describe the process of creating a zero energy home in downtown Chicago. Zoka Zola Architects aim to create dwellings that use only energy generated on-site and that are “ecological, socially regenerative and self sustaining.” Discussion will include suggestions for proposals and strategies that reinforce zoning ordinances that reflect Chicago as an ideal sustainable urban center.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

Glessner House Museum 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

12:00 - 2:00 P.M. - Glessner House Museum -1800 South Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$10.00 per child, $2:00 per adult; Family membership rate $8.00 per child, adults are free.

Join Glessner House Museum and the Easter Bunny for our fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Chicago Women's Park and Garden. Children guests will enjoy hunting for 5,000 Easter eggs, a baby animal petting zoo, raffle prizes, treats and more. Recommended for ages 10 and

Call 312/326.1480. Information

   April 18, Tuesday

Architecture and Healing: Feng Shui in Hospitals

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment, Housing, Healthcare, Interior Architecture
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1.5 LU/HSW

Austrian architect Claudia Schumm will present Austrian hospitals and healing environments in which the traditional Chinese science of feng shui and natural paint colors are integrated. The basic principles of feng shui will be described, as well as forms, flow of room-energy, and the direct relationship between environment, individuals and behavior, especially the release of fear and the increase of trust and self-healing power. Schumm will also speak about her own energy efficient, environmentally friendly home, designed with feng shui principals.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Introduction to ARE and Licensing in Illinois

6:00 - 7:30 P.M. - Room 1100, Art and Architecture Building, 845 W. Harrison St.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects KC, UIC College of Architecture
Free event
Learning units not available

Are you ready for the ARE? Interns and associates are invited to this annual event to learn how to become eligible, study for, and take the ARE. Speakers include Kekku Lehtonen, AIA, ARE Development, NCARB (Washington , D.C. ); Illinois Architecture Licensing Board representative; Frank Heitzman, AIA, IDP Coordinator for AIA Chicago; Mike Newman, coordinator, UIC/ARE Refresher Course; and recent successful exam takers.

Information: 312/670.7770

   April 19, Wednesday

Shubert Theater/Majestic Hotel Renovation

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - part of CAF Eric R. Multhauf Lunchtime Lecture series. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. A Corner Bakery is also on the premises.
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Lecture by George Halik, principal, Booth Hansen

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Minimalism in Film

6:00 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, , 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

Lecture by Milos Stehlik, Director of Facets Multimedia

Information 312/567.3279

   April 20, Thursday

Climate Control: What Architects Need to Know About the Chicago Energy Code

12:00 - 1:30 P.M. - Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago echnical Issues KC
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1.5 LU/HSW

Compliance with the Chicago Energy Code is required for all new buildings. This presentation will cover building envelope, lighting and mechanical system requirements of the code for commercial buildings. A demonstration of ComCheck EZ will be included. Presenters will include:

Len Sciarra, AIA, LEED AP, is a project architect with Serena Sturm Architects ltd. a professional design firm working on a variety of project types, all with a goal of sustainable design and community stewardship. He serves on ASHRAE's 90.1 committee.
Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED AP, is president of HJKessler Associates, a firm that provides sustainable design, energy efficiency, lighting design and commissioning services to building owners, architects and developers. She chaired the Chicago Energy Code committee.
Sachin Anand, PE, LEED AP, is a project manager with CCJM Engineers. He has worked on several sustainable projects in the Chicago area and recently was part of the winning entry for the proposed Ford Calumet Environmental Center.

Bring lunch or buy in the CBA cafeteria (purchase ticket in first-floor shop)

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Garden Homes District

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street
Sponsor: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
Free Event

A lecture by Jean Guarino Clark, architectural historian, explores the question does home ownership create more efficient workers?  This was one of the beliefs that led a group of prominent Chicagoans, including Benjamin Rosenthal, Charles Wacker and William Wrigley Jr., to create the city’s first subsidized housing development in 1919 as an attempt to provide the workingman with homes at affordable prices.  The resulting Garden Homes District, located in Chicago’s South Side Chatham neighborhood, is a picturesque array of two-story brick cottages and stucco-clad duplexes designed by noted architect Charles S. Frost to resemble English medieval cottages. Clark will explore the social implications of this novel residential district as well as its likely design influences, ranging from the contemporary garden suburbs of Europe to Howard Van Doren Shaw’s 1917 Marktown residential development in East Chicago, Indiana.

Information: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois; 312/922.1742

Chicago Plan Commission

Monthly meeting. 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers
Open to the public

April agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

Rebuilding and Re-envisioning the Gulf Coast

6:00 P.M. - John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation Midwest Office, Civic Blueprint, and Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
$20 ($10 CAF members, and $15 students) - Pre-registration required.

Rebuilding debates have begun to take shape for the devastated Gulf Coast region. What are the issues when rebuilding on the same footprint of a unique historic region? Who gets to decide how the Gulf Coast is rebuilt? Panelists will discuss their ideas and the various influences on local governments, including the process of community involvement. The panel will include Reed Kroloff, dean, School of Architecture, Tulane University; John Norquist, President and CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism; Kate Stohr, co-founder, Architecture for Humanity; and Thomas Murphy, Urban Land Institute CAF Curator Ned Cramer will moderate. Part two of a series of three programs: After Katrina: Preservation, Rebuilding and Infrastructure in the Gulf Coast.

Make reservations on-line or call 312/922.3432 x 225. Information

Tour: One South Dearborn

6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - One South Dearborn
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU

A modern light box, One South Dearborn is a 40-story office building designed by DeStefano/Keating and Partners, now DeStefano + Partners. A fast-paced project, major construction finished in 2005. Among its progressive aesthetic statements, it is also undergoing the LEED Core and Shell Silver Certification. Kevin Schellenbach, AIA will lead the tour, limited to 20 participants. Meet in the lobby.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   April 21, Friday

New Members Breakfast

9:00 A.M.. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
Free event

Twice a year, new members are invited to meet the board, KC leaders, staff, and each other and learn more about the organization

Information:call Phil Rahill, membership director, 312/670.7770

re:Fab - A Benefit for Architecture for Humanity

7:30 P.M.. - Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard
Sponsor: Civic Blueprint
$75.00 in advance, ($78.00 with credit card), $88.00 day of the event. Must be 21 or older.

An evening of food, drink and live music from Rebirth Brass Band from New Orlean, with all profits going to Architecture for Humanity, a 501(c)3 charitable organization and its global humanitarian and disaster relief work.  AfH works with local governments, other disaster relief agencies, and independently in territories where no other relief exists on projects such as rebuilding the most structurally devastated portion of Asia following the Indian Ocean tsunami., designing housing and develop a responsible building code in Pakistan following the earthquake that has killed over 80,000 people, and evaluating, repairing and reconstructing the vibrant fabric of neighborhoods- one house at a time- in areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast. The event will also introduce Civic Blueprint to the Chicago area. This effort is intended to offer opportunities for architects, engineers and construction professionals to engage in pro bono projects with area-wide nonprofit organizations, community groups and entities in need of their expertise in order to  better carry out their missions in the community. 

The event will also showcase entries to AfH/Chicago's recent newStand competition for a rethinking of the traditional newstand to address ""the daily interaction between reader and news vendor" as part of the dynamic of a healthy urban streetscape.

Information 312/337.4543

  April 22, Saturday

Exelon Corporation/Grant Park Advisory Council Earth Day Celebration

9:00 - 12:00 Noon. -Daley Bicentennial Plaza - 337 East Randolph
Sponsors: Exelon Corporation, Grant Park Advisory Council and Conservancy

The Exelon Corporation is sending out over 50 volunteers to help spruce up Grant Park, and the Grant Park Advisory Council and Conservancy is looking for others to join them..   Tree mulching, play lot cleaning , tennis court cleaning , winter debris clean up   It's great exercise (an aerobic work out), it's productive, it's fun and it helps our beleaguered trees after one of our worst droughts in history.    Grant Park's Earth Day is good for the environment and builds awareness of our important urban trees.   Please come out and socialize - it's the new, hip thing to do: meeting new friends around the trunk of a tree while mulching.

Information on-line or call 312/829.8015

  April 24, Monday

The Plate as A Frame: Minimalism in Food Presentation

6:00 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, , 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

Lecture by Elaine Sikorski, Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts at Kendall College

Information 312/567.3279

  April 25, Tuesday

Visiting the White City

9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. - Leaves from Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Sponsor: Chicago Botanic Garden
$99.00 for Garden members, $124.00 for non-members

Landscape historian Barbara Geiger will lead rousing discussions about the book, The Devil in the White City, Eric Larsen's best-selling story of good and evil at the World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893. Participants will hear stories about Daniel H. Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted, drive by the site of Dr. Holmes's hotel and walk around the Exhibition grounds– better known as Jackson Park. Lunch and transportation are included.

For a course catalog describing programs and classes in more detail, or to register, call the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden at (847) 835-8261, or visit online.

LEED Projects: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

5:00 - 6:30P.M. - cash bar and appetizers, 6:30 - 8:00 P.M., presentation of LEED projects - Union League Club, 55 West Jackson Boulevard
Sponsors: AIA Chicago Environment KC, USGBC- Chicago Chapter
$30.00 for members and guests of CSI, AIA, USGBC before April 20; $35 thereafter.
1.5 LU/HSW

This annual event offers a mini-expo of green products, followed by an enlightening look at three LEED projects. An architect, commissioning agent and general contractor will discuss the practical lessons learned during the planning and execution of their respective sustainable projects. Attendees will gain valuable inside tips on LEED projects and how they are transforming the marketplace.

Register and get more information at www.csichicago.org

Passionate Nature: Alfred Caldwell’s Chicago Parks

6:00 P.M. - John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lincoln Park Conservancy
$10.00 (free for CAF and Lincoln Park Conservancy members)

Alfred Caldwell’s exquisite Lily Pool in Lincoln Park has been nominated as a National Historic Landmark— an honor bestowed upon only a select number of America’s most significant landscapes. This program celebrates Caldwell’s contributions and takes place the same week that the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool opens to the public for its 2006 season. It will include the premiere public showing of Passionate Nature: Alfred Caldwell’s Chicago Parks. Produced by June and Paul Finfer of Lost and Found Productions, this independent documentary provides insight to Caldwell’s life, the creation and restoration of the Lily Pool and his other Chicago park work. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the film makers and Julia S. Bachrach, Chicago Park District historian, and Gerald Estes, AIA, on Caldwell’s contributions to American landscape architecture.

Reservations recommended - email or call 312/922.3432 x 266. Information

Moving Towards the Future: There Is No Such Thing as Free Parking

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Presenter: Jan Metzger, Center for Neighborhood Technology

This is the third program in a three-part series on transportation-related topics. Free, or reduced fare parking, is often used as a powerful marketing tool and consumer incentive. Join Jan Metzger, from Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood
Technology for an interesting and enlightening discussion on “free” parking and its hidden economic, environmental and social costs.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

Universal Design: A Catalyst for Invention

6:00 P.M. - Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: Museum of Contemporary Art
Free event.

Join Marca Bristo, president and CEO of Access Living; Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of Adaptive Environments; Coco Raynes, president of the multidisciplinary design firm Coco Raynes Associates; and Rebecca McGinnis, access coordinator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and universal design scholar, as they discuss the innovative ways universal design principles have been applied in cultural institutions. There will be a sign language interpreter and descriptive narrator for the panel discussion. The photo to the right shows the Raynes Rail from Coco Raynes Associates Ltd.. It's a Braille and Audio Handrail System that makes public buildings, parks, transportation facilities and museums accessible to everyone by offering audio messages with directions, descriptions of open areas, traffic patterns, and warnings of ramps, stairs and turns.

Call the MCA box office for tickets: 312/397.4010 or register on-line ($3 service charge for phone and website reservations)

  April 26, Wednesday

Update on 108 N. State St. (Block 37)

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - part of CAF Eric R. Multhauf Lunchtime Lecture series. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. A Corner Bakery is also on the premises.
1LU

Lecture by Grant Uhlir, AIA, principal, Gensler

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Archeworks Spring Final Critique

5:30 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free event

Student teams will present design projects to the public. This year's projects include Design of Products for Stroke Survivors; Ideal Chicago Community School Prototype; and Design of a "Tools for School" Store.

RSVP online - Information or call:312/867.7254

David Chipperfield: Recent Work

6:00 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, , 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

Lecture by David Chipperfield, David Chipperfield Architects, London and Morgenstern Visiting Chair in Architecture.Information 312/567.3279

Career Paths in Planning & Architecture

6:00 P.M. - Chaddick Institute, DePaul University at Wabash and Jackson
Spon sors: Women in Planning and Development, and Chicago Women in Architecture
$10.00 for members, $15.00 non-members, $10.00 students, $5.00 student members

A panel discussion on careers in urban planning, development, real estate, and architecture, and other related fields. Organizers include Helene Berlin - Applied Real Estate Analysis (AREA); Liz Jellema - Economics Research Associates (ERA); Anne-Marie Melgard - Global Synergy Partnership; and Rebecca Callcott of DeStefano & Partners, Ltd.

Register online - Information

  April 27, Thursday

Forces Driving Retail Entertainment

7:45 A.M. registration, 8:15 - 9:15 A.M. program. - The Mid-Day Club, 10 S. Dearborn, 56th Floor, Chicago
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago
Members - $35.00, Nonmembers - $45.00

Guest Speakers Steve Frishman, Principal, Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, and Greg Merdinger, Principal, The John Buck Company will discuss how retail entertainment developments emerge when a variety of players bundle together entertainment, dining, and retail components to create synergistic leisure destinations. These retail destination developments are a response to changing consumer preferences favoring leisure options that are easily accessible, closer to home, and that can be frequently enjoyed. Please join us to discover how local retail developers and brokers are dealing with this retail entertainment phenomenon and what you can expect in the fu

Registration, including registration information, on-line or call ULI Customer Service at 800/321.5011

Third Annual Midwest Bridge Symposium

7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. - Maggiano's, 111 West Grand
Sponsor: Structural Engineerers Association of Illinois

This one day symposium is include discussions on such projects as the BP Pedestrian Bridge linking Millennium Park to the Lake Michigan shoreline; . the Halsted Street Bridge over the Chicago River; Torrence Avenue Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) design; the Huey P. Long Bridge widening; the Kishwaukee River Bridge; and the CPRR Black River Swing Bridge.   John Dietrick, of Michael Baker Jr., Inc. will present the Fulton Road Bridge which crosses over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  Construction of this precast concrete arch bridge required specialized methods and unique design challenges associated with post-tensioning and erecting of the arch ribs.  Jonathan McGormley, of Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, will discuss innovative fatigue retrofitting of the I-435 Missouri River Bridge.  Stan Kaderbek, of Walsh Construction, will provide an insightful contractor’s perspective on bridge construction.  Jon Edwards, of the IDOT Bureau of Bridges and Structures, will share his experience in steel bridge fabrication and erection.

Schedule.For more information, including costs, call Donna Childs at 312.649.4600 x200

Globalization: Job Opportunities and Threats

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management, Young Architects Forum, AIA Illinois
Free for members, $15.00 for non-members
1.5 LU

Globalization is growing as fast as the Internet did ten years ago – and so are people's interest and concerns. Learn about short- and long-term opportunities and threats to your markets and jobs from countries such as China and India.
Panelists will include Clark Baurer, AIA, principal, McBride Kelly Baurer; Steve Tisza, president, Communication Workers of America Local 4250 - Chicago; and Zhigang Ren, Illinois Trade Office. Barry Koren, AIA, PhD, Koren Network will moderate.

Information: 312/670.7770

Big City Sustainability: What Chicago Can Learn From Curitiba, Brazil

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Presenter: Carmen Vidal-Hallett, Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Carmen Vidal-Hallett of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development will present this intriguing case study of one of our South American neighbors, Curitiba, Brazil. Curitiba is a thriving metropolis with award-winning innovations in both its social and environmental urban development policies. Ms. Vidal-Hallet will focus her discussion
on the green strategies of international cities that Chicago can learn from.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

  April 28, Friday

Restoration of the Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette

12:00 P.M. lunch; 1:00 P.M. lecture, University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe Street
Sponsor: IIT Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering
$50.00 for lunch, no charge to attend lecture

The Third Sidney A. Guralnick Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Awards Luncheon and Lecture features Robert F. Armbruster, who will lecture on the recent restoration of the Baha'i House of Worship.

Call Jessica Nicholson at 312/ 567.3540 for reservations.

1. Have you been here before. 2. No this is the first time

5:30 P.M.. - IIT, S.R. Crown Hall, , 3360 South State.
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Mies van der Rohe Society
Free event

Lecture by Robert Wilson, creator of opera, experimental theater and art.

Information 312/567.3279

The Modern Ball, A&D Society 25th Anniversary Gala

6:30 - midnight. - The Rooftop Terrace, Millennium Park
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago,
$350.00 per person or $3,500.00 for table of ten

This year the Architecture & Design Society and the Department of Architecture and Design of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrate twenty-five years of achievement and contribution to the architecture and design community. To mark this significant milestone and the naming of a new museum director, James Cuno, a change in the name of the department and the arrival of new John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design, Joseph Rosa, and a new wing at the Art Institute--The Modern--the society announces a black-tie gala The Modern Ball. Cindy Pritzker, Honorary Chair, John and Neville Bryan, special recognition.

Ticket Purchase Information, call 312/443-7300

  April 29, Saturday

Rebuilding Together ­ Metro Chicago: A Volunteer Program

7:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. - departure location TBA
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event
Learning units not available

Pick up a paintbrush, retile the kitchen or install cabinets. These are some of the repairs that volunteers will perform on National Rebuilding Together Day. Every year, Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization, selects a different neighborhood in which to provide free home repairs for elderly, disabled or low-income individuals. This year, we have chosen a house in Harvey for which we are planning repairs

Those interested in participating, should email Mark Schwamel, Assoc. AIA. An orientation meeting will be planned before event day.

Information: 312/670.7770

 

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