Calendar of Architectural Events for July 2007

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   August 1, Wednesday

Green City Summer Institute

8:15 - 4:30 P.M. - Ford Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: Northwestern University
$595.00

Opening day of the second annual Green City summer institute, a three-day program that explores Chicago as one of America's greenest cities. Chicago's Environmental Action Agenda commits the city to reducing its use of natural resources, improving the quality of Shedd Aquarium, Chicagolife in Chicago as a whole, and saving taxpayer dollars through wise energy and resource-conserving policies. 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 Green City summer institute offers an opportunity to get out into the city and see how the agenda is moving forward - through architecture, landscaping, urban farming, transportation, walkable communities, and infield redevelopment - and to evaluate how far Chicago has come and how far it has to go. Through a combination of lectures, group project work, and visits to key sites in Chicago, this institute will introduce you to the important issues surrounding sustainable development in an urban environment.

Today's events include a bus trip to the John G. Shedd Aquarium.

Register for this event. Information: on-line.

   August 2, Thursday

Green City Summer Institute

8:15 - 4:30 P.M. - Ford Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: Northwestern University City Farm, Chicago
$595.00

Second day of the second annual Green City summer institute, a three-day program that explores. See August 1st listing for details.

Today's events include a picnic lunch at City Firm, a tour of Chicago City Hall's green roof, and a tour of the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

Register for this event. Information: on-line.

Sullivan Center / 108 N. State

12:15 P.M. - Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Millennium Park Room, 5th floor southeast 108 North State, Gensler Architects
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown
Free event

Representatives of Joseph Freed & Associates will discuss the ongoing renovation of the former Carson Pirie Scott department store and provide an update on the 108 N. State project.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 201-A
Note: Permit Review Committee meets after Landmarks Commission - estimated start time 1:30 P.M.

Open to the public

July agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

   August 3, Friday

Green City Summer Institute

8:15 - 4:30 P.M. - Ford Engineering Design Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Sponsor: Northwestern University
$595.00

Closing day of the second annual Green City summer institute, a three-day program that explores. See August 1st listing for details.

Today's events include a site visit to Prairie Crossing in Grayslake, a discussion and wrap up and wine and cheese reception at the Ford Engineering Design Center.

Register for this event. Information: on-line.

   August 7, Tuesday

First Tuesday Happy Hour with IESNA

5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Lightology, 218 West Chicago Roof Garden, Lightology
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

The Illuminating Engineers Society of North America hosts this month's gathering on the roof deck of lighting showroom Lightology. Reservations are required, limited to 100 people.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 8, Wednesday

Planning and the Black Community 2007 Conference

Radisson Hotel, Merrillville, Indiana
Sponsor: American Planning Association
$215 members, $250.0 nonmembers

Opening day of four day conference. This year, the PBCD will celebrate 27 years of providing a forum for planners, public officials, students, and other APA members to address issues of significance in the black community. This year's theme "Making Great Communities Happen: Planning for a Comeback," centers on the dynamic challenges facing the planning profession and the black community as many places work towards revitalization-making them great places to live, work and play. After decades of economic downturn and social decay, Gary is showing signs of revitalization and the city is pursuing efforts to enhance its competitive advantage through partnerships and proactive development incentives. The conference will focus on the opportunities and challenges in sustaining vitality, inclusion, social equity and justice in planning and black communities throughout the USA as well as highlight some of the activities undertaken by the City of Gary.

Highlights of the week include keynote addresses from Charles Allen, FAICP, former Planning Director for the City of Gary (the first black planning director of a large U.S. city) and founding member of PBCD, and former Gary Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher, one of the first black mayors of a large U.S. city. Other highlights of the conference include community workshops, an AICP exam preparation course, the PBCD Recognition Dinner, thought-provoking conference sessions, and networking with PBCD members, students and other attendees.

Information: contact Fleming El-Amin, AICP, at 919/485.7521 or via email   Information on-line

   August 9, Thursday

Planning and the Black Community 2007 Conference

Radisson Hotel, Merrillville, Indiana
Sponsor: American Planning Association
$215 members, $250.0 nonmembers

Second day of four day conference. See August 8th listing for details.

Information: contact Fleming El-Amin, AICP, at 919/485.7521 or via email   Information on-line

   August 10, Friday

Planning and the Black Community 2007 Conference

Radisson Hotel, Merrillville, Indiana
Sponsor: American Planning Association
$215 members, $250.0 nonmembers

Third day of four day conference. See August 8th listing for details.

Information: contact Fleming El-Amin, AICP, at 919/485.7521 or via email   Information on-line

   August 11, Saturday

Planning and the Black Community 2007 Conference

Radisson Hotel, Merrillville, Indiana
Sponsor: American Planning Association
$215 members, $250.0 nonmembers

Closing day of four day conference. See August 8th listing for details.

Information: contact Fleming El-Amin, AICP, at 919/485.7521 or via email   Information on-line

Introduction to the Chicago Green Homes Program

9:30 - 10:30 A.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Presenter: Kelly Kennoy, City of Chicago, Department of Environment

The City of Chicago recently introduced the Chicago Green Homes Program. By using the Chicago Green Homes Program, homeowners can gauge the “greenness” of their new home or remodel project. This seminar will present an overview of the program as well as the “Top 20 Things” you can do to make your home green. An overview of the Green Permitting process will also be presented.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information.

Tour: Bike the North Lake Shore

10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. - meet at Linden Stop, CTA Purple Line
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

What better way to learn about Chicago's architecture than by bicycle? Join the Young Eynchner House, Tadao Ando, architectArchitects Forum as they lead this social and educational event. Tour highlights include Bahai Temple, Sheridan Road mansions, Gross Point Lighthouse, Northwestern University, Calvary Cemetery, Emil Bach House, St. Joseph's Hospital, Elks National Veterans Memorial, and a contemporary house by Tadao Ando. The tour includes a lunch break at Moody’s Pub, 5910 N. Broadway, and an option for after-ride refreshments at Tarascas Restaurant, 2585 N. Clark St. Brochures with the route and site descriptions will be provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770 Limited to 30 riders.

Tour: Hyde Park Art Center

11:00 - 12:30 P.M. - 5020 South Cornell
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

The Hyde Park Art Center, whose mission is to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Hyde Park Arts Center, Garofalo ArchitectsChicago, is the oldest alternative exhibition space in Chicago with a long record of education outreach in the community. Its new home is a former University of Chicago warehouse and printing plant, converted to its new purpose by Garofalo Architects. Project manager Andrew Schachman will lead a tour of the imaginative facility, and executive director Chuck Thurow will explain the center's activities. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the tour.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770 Limited to 35 participants

   August 14, Tuesday

Is Efficiency Good Enough?

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free Event
1 AIA/CEU

We’ve been taught that designing efficient buildings will reduce our impact on the Helen Kesslerenvironment. But is that good enough? In many ways, building more efficient new buildings just adds to the depletion of resources and increases emissions, raising global warming issues we already face. This lecture by Helen Kessler, FAIA, HJKessler Associates Inc., will explore the questions surrounding new construction versus energy efficient rehabs and upgrades.

Information: 312/922.3432 x224  or on-line

Chicago Community Development Commission

1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers, 121 North LaSalle
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

August agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

   August 15, Wednesday

Starting a New Design Firm: Architecture and More

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum, Practice Management KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
2 LU

What does it take to start a design firm? How did firms in related architecture including interiors design/build and landscape design get started? What qualities are critical for someone starting a firm, and what lessons can we learn from their experiences? Panel members will include Flux Design (Milwaukee, design/build) and Frankel + Coleman (Chicago, architecture/interiors).

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 16, Thursday

Legacy of the Plan of Chicago

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater on the second floor of the Cultural Center
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free EventBridgehouse

As we approach its centenary, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett's 1909 vision for the city is still revered but the plan's actual results are often misunderstood or forgotten. Learn about the plan's physical legacies: Navy Pier, North Michigan Avenue, Northerly Island, a straightened river, Ogden Avenue, Congress Parkway, Union Station, and Wacker Drive. Geographer and historian Dennis McClendon will talk about those projects that greatly benefited the city, proposals that later generations reconsidered, and heroic accomplishments that in the end meant little.

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

Chicago Plan Commission
1:00 P.M. , 121 North LaSalle, City Council Chambers
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

August agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

Climate Change and the Architect (and planning future programs)

6:00- 7:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC
Free event

Join Environment KC for a planning session on future programming topics. Bring your ideas, interests, and contacts of future presenters. The evening will begin with an informal discussion on the topic of climate change strategies for Chicago. Approaches to carbon reduction in buildings and possible mitigation strategies will be presented and discussed.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   August 20, Monday

New DuSable Harbor Building

6:30 P.M. - Daley Bicentennial Plaza, 337 E. Randolph, west of Columbus
Sponsor: Grant Park Advisory Council, Grant Park Conservency,
Free event.

Plans will be presented for a new building for DuSable Harbor tonight, to be built west of DuSable Harbor and north of Randolph, replacing an existing set of trailers. David Woodhouse Architects , designers of the award winning Beach House at Rainbow Park and Beach, and the Chicago Park District will make presentations. For additional information, call Bob O'Neill at 312/829.8015.

Information: Bob O'Neill at 312/829.8015

   August 23, Thursday

Indoor Air Quality

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.
2 AIA/CEU

Presenter: Larry Alport, Pella Windows

Humans spend 90 percent of their lives indoors. Unfortunately indoor pollutants, including VOCs and mold, are found in most conventional interiors and often lead to poor quality of health. This seminar explains how IAQ is a crucial part of sustainability, provides a summary of indoor air quality issues, and offers potential solutions.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information.

   August 28, Tuesday

Walking Case Study: Cooking Light’s FitHouse

6:00 -8:00 P.M. - 1235 West Belden
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Pre-Registration required.
2 AIA/CEU

Presenters: Brad Schreiber, City View Real Estate Group, Inc.; Kevin Pierce,
2007 Cooking Light FithouseEmergency Picnic; Jase Frederick, Susan Fredman & Associates

The 2007 Cooking Light FitHouse is a concept home that brings the pages of Cooking Light magazine to life by focusing on physical, mental and environmental fitness. Join Kevin Pierce, Brad Schreiber, and Jase Frederick for a behind the scenes look at the technologies and materials displayed in this environmentally friendly home that was designed and built to standards outlined in the new Chicago Green Homes Program.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information.

   August 30, Thursday

Walking Case Study: Haworth Showroom LED-CI

6:00 -8:00 P.M. - Haworth Showroom, Merchandise Mart, Suite 312
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Pre-Registration required.
2 AIA/CEU

Presenters: Gail Borthwork and Laura Smith, Perkins & Will; Ken Brandsen, Haworth

Join Gail Borthwick, Laura Smith, and Ken Brandsen as they discuss Haworth’s commitment to sustainability and the various green design projects of this global commercial furniture and interiors firm. Haworth’s business and manufacturing practices demonstrate their eco-friendly values and practices. This lecture will also include a tour of Haworth’s certified LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) showroom in the Merchandise Mart.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information.

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