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

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   January 3, Tuesday

First Tuesdays Happy Hour

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

Start off the new year with the Young Architects! Everyone is welcome: look for our table sign.

Information: 312/670.7770

   January 4, Wednesday

Alfred Caldwell: Ravenswood's Extraordinary Artist

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.

Barbara Geiger, Landscape Historian and Preservation Consultant

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

   January 5, Thursday

McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum

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

As part of its 50th anniversary, the McCormick Tribune Foundation is opening a public museum dedicated to America's freedoms in the spring of 2006. The museum will specifically focus on the importance of our First Amendment freedoms and will serve to inspire individuals to understand, value and protect these freedoms. David Anderson, executive director of the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, will be discussing the design and content of the museum as well as the concept behind the museum’s creation.

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

January Agenda

   January 10, Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

January Community Development Commission agenda

   January 11, Wednesday

TOD, OCS and STAR Line

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

Metra's proposed 55-mile STAR Line is intended to create a dynamic suburban transportation grid that will complement Metra's existing suburb-to-city service model, and position Illinois among the leaders in the nation for inter-suburban commuter rail connectivity. Consultants Steve Friedman (S. B. Friedman and Co.) and John LaMotte (The Lakota Group) will present findings from Metra's study of new station potentials for the Outer Circumferential Segment (OCS) of this line which will connect Joliet to Hoffman Estates via the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (EJ&E) corridor. Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan: Chicago to Tokyo

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
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.

Robert W. Karr, Jr., board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Dialogue + Heritage: Contradiction? - opening reception for exhibition

5:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place
Sponsor: Graham Foundation
Free event

The theoretical relocation of the Graham Foundation to the landmark Rookery building in Chicago's financial district provided the opportunity for a fall 2005 design studio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning to explore the subject of the democratization of architecture. Through planning, design, scale, and symbolism, can you create a facility that engages the public in architectural discourse and communicates leading-edge thinking about architecture within a cherished historic structure? The exhibit, curated by the students, displays six innovative team schemes for the creation of a 21st-century architecture foundation that serves as a platform for interaction between schools, professionals, and the public.

The exhibition runs through February 9th, and may be seen Monday through Thursday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Information: 312/787.4071 or on-line

   January 12, Thursday

Chicago Plan Commission

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

January Plan Commission agenda

   January 13, Friday

Look up. It's a bird. It's a bike. It's The Bloomingdale Trail

12:15 P.M. - Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Sponsor: Friends of the Parks, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Free event

Spanning 37 bridges and reaching 20 feet in the air, Chicago's next great park will stretch three miles across Chicago's Northwest Side from the Chicago River to Logan Square. Learn firsthand how the proposed trail will transform an abandoned railroad viaduct into an oasis for walkers and bike riders. Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail will highlight community efforts to champion the trail, steps the city of Chicago is taking to make the park a reality, and examples of similar projects in New York and Paris.

Information: 312/857.2757 or on-line

   January 17, Tuesday

SEAOI/SEPAC Dinner Meeting - State Senator Christine Radogno

5:15 P.M. cash bar; 6:00 P.M. dinner, 7:00 program -410 Club, Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan
Sponsor: Structural Engineerers Association of Illinois
$40.00
for SEAOI members; $45.00 for non-members

State Senator and Republican State Treasurer candidate Christine Radogno (41st District ­ Lemont) will be the speaker for this month's SEAOI/SEPAC dinner meeting.  Sen. Radogno’s represents portions of Will, Cook and DuPage counties.  Her legislative assignments include   Appropriations I, II, and III, Senate Committee Whole, Mobile Home Task Force, Transportation, Subcommittee on Airports, Subcommittee on Tollways, and Health and Human Services. This program should be of interest to all members of the construction industry, including architects, engineers, contractors and material suppliers interested in legislative concerns of engineers. 

Reservations: call Donna Childs at 312.649.4600 x200 by Friday, January 13, 2006

Chicago's New Green Permit Program

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

Learn the basics of the Chicago Dept. of Construction and Permits' Green Permit Program. Erik Olsen, manager of green projects for DCAP, will explain the program's incentives for building green such as an expedited building permit process. He will explain the criteria for and benefits of participation.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Fireside chat with Michael Rock of 2 x 4

6:00 P.M. - I-Space Gallery, 230 West Surperior Street, 2nd Floor
Sponsor: Chicago Architectural Club
Free event

2x4 is a multidisciplinary studio focusing on design for art, architecture, fashion, and cultural clients worldwide,  whose work with Prada, IIT, and Knoll has situated them currently as one of the most sought after design studios.

Information

   January 18, Wednesday

New Life for a Chicago Landmark: Navy Pier’s Redevelopment Ten Year Anniversary

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.

Wilmont “Vic” Vickrey, FAIA, principal, VOA Associates

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Target-ed Marketing through Design

5:30 - 7:00 P.M -Target - Roosevelt and Clark Streets
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU

We've all admired Target, for everything from artful advertisements to commissioning Michael Graves to create exclusive products. Tim Chapman, Chicago regional manager for Target, will discuss how design is a key component in the company's marketing and will lead a brief tour of the newest local store in the chain. Meet in main entrance atrium. Limited to 20 participants.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   January 19, Thursday

Big Box Retail - It isn't just for the Suburbs Anymore

7:45 - 9:15 A.M - The Mid-Day Club, 10 S. Dearborn, 56th Floor
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago
Details TBA

Forrest E. Russell, Senior Development Manager, Target Corporation, will explore the recent move of big box retailers into urban settings, including why this has occurred, how these decisions are made and the nuts and bolts of getting a transaction completed. ULI Chicago will also share several of the most common challenges and solutions encountered in pursuing these opportunities.

Watch the ULI Chicago website for registration details, or call Cindy McSherry at 773549.4972

Climate Control: LEEDing the Engineer

12:00 - 1:00 P.M - Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues and Environment KCs
Free for members, $15.00 for nonmembers
1 LU/HSW

What is the engineer's view of LEED? William Kosik, PE, EYP Mission Critical Facilities (Chicago), will discuss key MEP questions and strategies to facilitate an effective collaboration with the various engineering disciplines.He will present case studies using building performance simulation tools, such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and energy and reliability modeling, to develop cost/benefit strategies for infrastructure investment. Mr. Kosik has served as consultant to the U.S. Green Building Council on the LEED-CS Pilot Program and to the Chicago Dept. of Environment on the Chicago Standard.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

More Fun than a Yacht: Gentleman Farms in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street
Sponsor: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
Free Event

The rapid rise in urban density at the end of the nineteenth century produced nostalgia for the countryside.  While this nostalgia was commonly manifested in the construction of country houses, some owners went one step further and created whole farm complexes, “Gentleman Farms,” where they could commune with nature. Magazines such as Country Life in America promoted the idea of country living and offered detailed advice on how to achieve the ideal. Wealthy landowners put large sums of money into hiring farm experts, importing purebred cows and raising exotic breeds of animals.  Well-known architects were hired to design farm complexes that were not only functional but artistic showpieces as well.   Today, the farm landscape that once dotted the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area has virtually disappeared.  Janice Hack, executive director of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society, will recall the heyday of the Gentleman Farm Movement.

 
Information: Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois; 312/922.1742

The Future of Chicago's Lakefront and Its Harbors - Panel Discussion

6:00 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Friends of the Parks, Friends of Monroe Harbor
Free event, no reservations required.
1LU

The Chicago Park District recently contracted with JJR, a land planning, design and engineering firm, to develop a District Wide Harbor System Plan. The goal of the harbor-planning process is to further enhance the overall lakefront experience for recreational boaters and park users. Chicago architects and planners will come together to critique and discuss the Chicago Park District’s draft harbor plan. Presenters will include John Buenz, partner, Solomon, Cordwell & Buenz, Philip Enquist, partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Tom Greene, partner, Green & Proppe, and Rob Rejman, Chicago Park District.

 Information

   January 20, Friday

SEAOI Trade Show 2006

8:00 - 11:30 A.M. - Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe
Sponsor: Structural Engineerers Association of Illinois
$5.00 or 2 for $5.00 if registered by January 13th (includes breakfast)

The Trade Show should be of interest to all members of the construction industry, including architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers as well as interested Chicagoans, wishing to learn about the latest product developments in the construction industry. The SEAOI Trade Show is open to the public.

Individuals wishing to attend this event: call Donna Childs at 312.649.4600 x200

   January 24, Tuesday

Chicago Children's Museum

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

Chicago Children's Museum representatives will give a presentation on the potential move of the Chicago Children's Museum to Grant Park's Daley Bicentennial Plaza from Navy Pier.  This includes concepts for a new field house as well.    Grant Park is on a roll with the collision of culture, natural beauty and good design all coming together and flourishing in Chicago's front yard.

Information: 312/829-8015

  January 25, Wednesday

Restoration Projects in Cuba

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.

George Ramos-Miller, architect, Gensler

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Mark Linder Architecture After Minimalism

6:00 P.M.- Crown Hall, IIT, 3345 S. State Street
Sponsor: Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Mark Linder, who teaches theory and design at Syracuse. He received degrees in architecture from the University of Virginia (B.S.), Yale (M. Arch., M.E.D.) and Princeton (Ph. D). His book, Nothing Less than Literal: Architecture After Minimalism (MIT 2004), examines trans-disciplinary exchanges between art and architectural criticism and the resulting confusion of formalist techniques and discourses in the debates surrounding minimal art.

Information 312/567.3279

Serving up Architecture - Panel Discussion

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

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Dialogue + Heritage: Contradiction?" Focusing on the communication, education, and democratization of architecture, this panel examines the various and growing number of institutions and individuals that serve to bring architecture and architectural knowledge to the general public. Representatives from architecture centers, architectural journalism, and the design community will reflect on their responsibilities and objectives, ranging from observation to advocacy, in making architecture accessible and readable to lay audiences. In turn, the panel will evaluate local and global trends in public architectural literacy and the actual impact of public dialogue on the built environment. Panelists include John Russick, Curator, Chicago Historical Society, moderator Lynn Osmond, President, Chicago Architecture Foundation Carol Ross Barney, Principal, Ross Barney and Jankowski Architects Blair Kamin, Architecture Critic, Chicago Tribune Robert Theel, Regional Chief Architect, General Services Administration

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

Waro Kishi on Recent Work - EVENT CANCELLED

6:00 P.M. - Japanese Consulate, 737 North Michigan Avenue, #1100 (Entrance on Chicago)
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Consulate General of Japan
Free event

Architect Waro Kishi, known for his crisp, cool, and elegantly detailed buildings, will present his most recent work. Primarily constructed of steel and glass, his designs contain a great sense of openness and light as they attempt to reconcile past traditions with new materials and current economic forces. Kishi’s work has received several awards including Architectural Institute of Japan’s “Best Young Architect of the Year,” and the Japan Society’s “Commercial Space Design Award in Excellence.” He currently teaches at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, and has been a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley.

RSVP by January 20th: email Lynn Janik, or call 312/280.0427 Information

  January 26, Thursday

James Cuno and Joseph Rosa - New Vision for Architecture and Design

6:00 P.M. - Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago (enter through Michigan Avenue doors)
Sponsor: Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago,
Free to A & D Society members with museum admission, $10 to general public

James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director, and Joseph Rosa, John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design will discuss the newly renamed Department of Architecture and Design, broadening the collection, and the enhanced presence of the department within the Renzo Piano-designed north wing, to be completed in 2009. In September 2005, the Department of Architecture was renamed the Department of Architecture and Design, and Joseph Rosa was named as the John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design. This was the first curatorial appointment by the Art Institute's new President and Director James Cuno, designed to build upon and expand the already stellar collection to include design objects and international scope. “Chicago is a city of legacy upon legacy, with deep holdings from the late nineteenth and the entire twentieth century. That's a fantastic foundation for launching an expansion,” explains Rosa. Joseph Rosa previously held the curatorial position of Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 2002 to 2005 where he was responsible for introducing emerging designers into the collection and extending the museum's activities into the digital realm for active acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, and interpretive program

Information: 312/443-7300

  January 27, Friday

Film: Regular or Super

Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport - times tba
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.00 ($8.25 first show of the day discount)

Film on architect Mies van der Rohe by Joseph Hillel and Patrick Demer, whichs received the Award for Best Canadian Work at the 22nd International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal last year. It showcases the architectural creative process, relates history, interviews, a unique cinematic examination of Mies's work, and personal insights into the man who is widely regarded as architecture'ís foremost modernist. Rem Koolhaas, Stanley Tigerman, Dirk Lohan, Gene Summers, the late Joe Fujikawa, Phyllis Lambert and Franz Schulze, among others, appear in the film to describe Mies and his impact.

Information: 773/871.6604

  January 28, Saturday

Future City Competition - Regional Finals

8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. - UIC Student West Center, 828 South Wolcott
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Illinois Section, American Society of Civil Engineers, and many others
Free event

Future City Competition serves students in 7th and 8th grade. Sponsored by the National Engineers Week, this national program introduces students to engineering with the popular Sim City software. Students design future cities with simulation software, build scale models, write essays and give oral reports on their city's design. One team may win a free trip to compete at Nationals in Washington, D.C., Feb. 2006. The Chicago Area Regional Competition has begun and we are looking for volunteers to help mentor, judge and sponsor the event. Competing teams and judges should arrive by 7:30 a.m. to set up and get instructions.

email Don Wittmer or call 312/930.9119 for information on signing up, or consult information on-line

Opening Day of new Exhibition - Open: New Designs for Public Space

12:15 P.M. - Atrium, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Van Alen Institute of New York
Free event

The Chicago city motto is “Urbs in Horto”, or “City in a Garden”. With the exhibition Open: New Designs for Public Space, the Chicago Architecture Foundation investigates the evolving conditions of public space in Chicago — from the spectacular new Millennium Park to the development of streets and gardens in neighborhoods throughout the city. More than three hundred architectural renderings, photographs and models illustrate issues of concern to every Chicagoan. To provide global perspective, Open includes twenty contemporary public spaces on six continents. These projects represent the most innovative architecture, landscape and urban design from cities across the globe, by world-renowned designers such as Will Alsop, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Norman Foster, Kathryn Gustafson and Zaha Hadid. The projects are organized into five main themes representing major trends in the design of public space: The Plaza Unbound, Information in Place, Opening the City, Active Memory, and New Meeting Grounds. Runs through May 7, 2006.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Film: Regular or Super - plus Panel Discussion

Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport - times tba - panel discussion at 3:30
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.00 ($8.25 first show of the day discount)

Today''s 3:30 P.M. showing of the film will be followed at 4:30 by a panel discussion, sponsored by the Mies van der Rohe Society that include the filmmaker, Joseph Hillel; David Bahlman, president and CEO of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, and Jonathan Miller, film critic for WBEZ, Chicago's National Public Radio affiliate.

see January 27th listing for details. Information: 773/871.6604

  January 29, Sunday

Film: Regular or Super

Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport - times tba
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.00 ($8.25 first show of the day discount)

see January 27th listing for details. Information: 773/871.6604

  January 30, Monday

Film: Regular or Super

Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport - times tba
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.00 ($8.25 first show of the day discount)

see January 27th listing for details. Information: 773/871.6604

  January 31, Tuesday

Film: Regular or Super

Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport - times tba
Sponsor: Music Box Theater
$9.00 ($8.25 first show of the day discount)

see January 27th listing for details. Information: 773/871.6604

 

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