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

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   August 3, Thursday

Waterview Tower & Shangri-La Hotel

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

Filling the last gap in the wall of buildings along the Chicago River, Waterview Tower & Shangri-La Hotel takes its place in one of the world’s great architectural ensembles. The building’s articulated form and crystalline curtain wall are designed to capture magnificent views of the river, lake, and skyline. Join Design Architect Thomas Hoepf and Project Manager Sean McMahon as they discuss this project, set for completion in spring 2009.

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

August agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

   August 5, Saturday

A Natural Alternative: Straw Bale in the City

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 at least 24 hours before event.

Presenter: Anna Wolfson, Wolfson Natural Plasters

The choice of building materials is among the most important variable in determining the impact of a building on its environment and its impact on the health of its occupants. Utilizing straw-bale construction, straw-clay insulation, and
earthen plasters and paints maximizes the use of unprocessed building materials of natural origin and benefits local farmers, human health, and the environment. This fascinating and hands-on seminar will introduce participants to the unique and urban potential of straw-based construction.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

Tour: 156 West Superior

10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - 156 West Superior
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
free for members. $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

A second opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at this apartment building, designed by Dave Miller, Miller/Hull Partnership (Seattle), and architect of record Mark Peters, AIA, Studio Dwell Architects, who will lead the tour. Currently filled up, with long waitlist.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 8, Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

August agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

First Tuesdays Happy Hour with IIDA

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 West Grand - roof garden
Sponsor: AIA Young Architects Forum
Free event

Meet members of International Interior Design Association.

Information: 312/670.7770

Form Based Codes: An Alternative Approach to Regulating and Shaping Development

6:00 - 9::00 P.M. - Council Chambers, Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue
Sponsor: City of Evanston Plan Commission and Downtown Plan Sub-Committee,
Free event..

Paul Crawford, chairman of the Form Based Codes Institute,will speak on the subject of form based codes, emerging as one of the most interesting recent reforms to traditional zoning codes. Often associated with Smart Growth and the rise of “New Urbanist” planning concepts, form-based codes place primary emphasis upon the physical form of development, including building height, bulk, façade treatments, the relationship of the buildings to the street and to one another and the location of parking. Form-based codes emphasize the appearance and qualities of the public realm by addressing both structures and the places they create.

Information: emaikl Tracy Norfleet, General Planner, or Susan Guderley, Neighborhood Planner, or call 847/866-2928.

Rethinking Materials in the Context of LEED

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 at least 24 hours before event.

Presenter: Kevin Monday, Homasote

Kevin Monday of Homasote explains the place of integrated design in high performance building. Discussion will cover energy and day-lighting, materials and life-cycle assessment, high performance building envelope, multi-function
use of materials, and LEED material credits. In addition the presentation will include an interactive DVD presentation featuring four renowned green building experts.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

   August 9, Wednesday

The Green City Summer Institute

9:00 - 4:30 P.M. - Ford Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: Northwestern University
$550.00 tuition for three day event

The Green City Summer Institute is a three-day program that explores Chicago as one of America's greenest cities. The City's Environmental Action Agenda commits it to reducing its use of natural resources, improving the quality of life in Chicago as a whole, and saving taxpayer dollars through wise energy and resource-conserving actions. By building green, improving energy efficiency, promoting alternative fuels, recycling waste, and conserving and improving water quality, Chicago has pledged to lead the nation in the urban environmental movement. The Institute explores how the city's agenda is moving forward-through architecture, landscape, urban farming, transportation, walkable communities, infield redevelopment--to evaluate how far we've come, and how far we have to go. Through a combination of lectures, group project work, and visits to key sites in Chicago, the institute provides an introduction to the important issues surrounding sustainability in an urban environment. Monday's programs include an afternoon visit to the future site of the Ford Calument Environmental Center.

Register online. Information on-line.

RUDC Planning Session

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design KC
free event

Join the Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community for our annual strategic planning workshop. We meet in August of each year to discuss program ideas for the coming year. We will also discuss plans for a special event related to next year's 150th anniversary of AIA. This is a key opportunity to actively engage in decision making regarding future regional planning and urban design programs. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 10, Thursday

The Green City Summer Institute - second day

9:00 - 4:30 P.M. - Ford Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: Northwestern University
$550.00 tuition for three day event

Second day of a three-day program that explores Chicago as one of America's greenest cities. Today's programs include a visit to Chicago City Hall's green roof, a picnic lunch at City Farm, and a visit to the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

Register online. Information on-line.

ARE You Studying for the ARE?

4:00 - 8:00 P.M. - International Masonry Institute, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #315
Sponsor: International Masonry Institute
Free event

ARE study session.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 11, Friday

The Green City Summer Institute - third and closing day

9:00 - 4:30 P.M. - Ford Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: Northwestern University
$550.00 tuition for three day event

Second day of a three-day program that explores Chicago as one of America's greenest cities. Today's programs include a visit to Prairie Crossing and a discussion at wrap-up at the Ford Engineering Design Center

Register online. Information on-line.

july events

National Trends and Critical Success Factors in Emergency Department Design

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg Pavilion, Pritzker Auditorium, 251 E. Huron St.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
free for members. $15.00 for nonmembers
2 LU/HSW

Part of series ER: The Design of Healthcare's Front Door. Speakers for this session will be Bill Woodson and Joan Moss, Sg2

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 15, Tuesday

Tour: Solargenix Energy

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - 3622 S. Morgan
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC
free for members. $15.00 for nonmembers
1.5 LU/HSW

What is the difference between a typical solar panel and Solargenix concentrating solar collectors? These compound parabolic collectors, with non-imaging optics, are able to concentrate sunlight at more than 84,000 times the natural level of Earth-surface light. See the facility and learn the difference between solar hot-water production and solar energy production. Limited to 40 participants.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

ARE You Studying for the ARE?

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. -Valerio DeWalt Train, 500 N. Dearborn St. #900
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE study session.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Learning by Doing, Part I: Deconstructing the Kikuchi House

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 at least 24 hours before event.

Presenters: Michael Repkin and Dave Hampton, Urban Habitat Chicago

First program of a two-part series. Discussion for this session will revolve around deconstruction—a term applied to the careful disassembly of buildings and the salvaging and reuse of materials. The Kikuchi House (the former home of
a Japanese watercolor artist), offers an excellent example of a home that is in the throes of the deconstruction process as its original building materials are re-used and re-incarnated in a new home.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

   August 16, Wednesday

ARE You Studying for the ARE?

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. -Valerio DeWalt Train, 500 N. Dearborn St. #900
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE study session.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 17, Thursday

Tour: Dietrich Metal Framing Plant

8:30 A.M. - 1:45 P.M. - 3901 Olympic Blvd, Joliet. - bus leaves from south entrance of Merchandise Mart at 8:40 A.M. sharp
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC, Young Architects Forum
free for members. $15.00 for nonmembers
2 LU/HSW

Visit this Joliet manufacturer of light-gauge framing and finishing products, systems and services for commercial and residential construction. Learn about the current transition to light-gauge framing systems for both non-load bearing and load-bearing construction. Two-hour plant tour and presentation by Steel Framing Alliance will include light lunch; bus returns to Mart between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. Limited to 35 participants.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Celebrating Daniel Burnham

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

Famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham (1846-1912) directed the building program at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and, with his partner John Wellborn Root, developed some of the world's first skyscrapers. Burnham also created urban plans including one for Chicago, which is considered his masterwork.

Judith Paine McBrien, filmmaker and author will discuss Burnham’s life, work, and legacy.

Information: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois; 312/922.1742

Chicago Plan Commission

Monthly meeting. 1:00 P.M., Cook County Boardroom
Open to the public

August agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

Green Roofs III

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 at least 24 hours before event.

Presenters: Jamie Hoffman and Dave Schupmann, TectaAmerica

Third program in a three-part series of green roof discussions. In this final session, learn about the many options of green roof system applications— from modular and traditional to residential and commercial. Participants will also
learn how to estimate the price of a green roof and identify gaps and opportunities to positively influence affordability and design.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

   August 19, Saturday

Challenges of Emergency Department Expansion

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Rush Copley Medical Center, 2000 Ogden Ave., Aurora (meet at Emergency entrance)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
free for members. $15.00 for nonmembers
2 LU/HSW

Speakers: David Mikos, AIA, Anderson Mikos Architects, Ltd.; John Diederich, Rush Copley Medical Center ; Brad Benhart, Pepper Construction.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

  August 22, Tuesday

ARE You Studying for the ARE?

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. -Valerio DeWalt Train, 500 N. Dearborn St. #900
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE study session.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

  August 23, Wednesday

ARE You Studying for the ARE?

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. -Valerio DeWalt Train, 500 N. Dearborn St. #900
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE study session.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Tour: John Ronan Architects

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - 320 West Ohio, #4E
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum and Design KC
free for members. $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

John Ronan, AIA, will lead a firm of his firm and present its development,current projects and design process. Limited to 20 participants. TOUR FILLED - no further registrations being accepted

. Information: 312/670.7770

  August 26, Saturday

Wall Finishes and Treatments: Low Toxin vs. Low VOC

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 at least 24 hours before event.

Presenter: Andy Pace, Safe Building Solutions

Paints, coatings, plaster are all common finishes used in our homes and workplaces. Unfortunately, many of them contain toxic chemicals that are detrimental to human health and the environment. Explore the increasing amount of options we have for finishing interior walls with healthy and environmentally sustainable materials. Learn about the difference between “environmentally friendly” and human-friendly.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

  August 28, Monday

LEED Exam Study Session

12:30 - 4:30 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Chapter, U.S. Green Building Council
Free event. Registration required at least 24 hours before event.

Sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the US Green Building Council, this workshop reviews the LEED NC Version 2.1 and the LEED 2.1 Reference Guide for those who are preparing to take the LEED Accredited Professional Exam.

Register via email or call 312/746.9642

Lollapalooza post-event wrap up

6:30 P.M. -Daley Bicentennial Plaza - 337 Randolph
Sponsor: Grant Park Advisory Council and Conservancy

As the Grant Park summer festival season comes to a close, tonight's session will offer up a Grant Park festivals/special events general discussion and a Lollapalooza post-event wrap up. 
 
Information on-line or call 312/829.8015

  August 30, Wednesday

The Greening of Crown Hall

6:00 P.M. - Illinlois Institute of Technology, S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street
Sponsor: School of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event.

Lecture by landscape architect Chandra Goldsmith and architect Sarah Dunn of UrbanLab

Information: 312/567.3279

 

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