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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 4, Thursday

Looptopia

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

Ty Tabing, Executive Director of the Chicago Loop Alliance, will discuss Looptopia, a new all night Celebration of Downtown scheduled for May 11th. Based on “White Nights” events such as in Paris and Rome, Looptopia will transform Chicago with all kinds of site-specific cultural performances, art and media installations, and a sunrise concert at Millennium Park.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., Cook County Commission Board Room, 118 N. Clark St., 5th Floor
Note: Permit Review Committee meets after Landmarks Commission - estimated start time 1:30 P.M.

Open to the public

January agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

   January 9, Tuesday

The World’s Most Ecological Communities: Shanghai’s Commitment for New Urban Settlements

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - Special lunchtime lecture. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. A Corner Bakery is also on the premises.
1LU

Lecture by Gary Lawrence, Principal and Global Leader for Sustainable Urban Development, Arup. Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation, LLC (SIIC) has retained Dongtan, China renderingArup to master plan at least three new urban settlements in China. Each settlement will have a population of approximately 500,000 people. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has directed that the new cities must be “the world’s most ecological communities” when completed. Dongtan, located on Chongming Island in metropolitan Shanghai, will be the first of these communities. Lawrence will discuss the premier’s commitment to ecological development and the energy, water, transport and waste strategies employed to help Dongtan achieve its objectives.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

January agenda (Adobe Acrobat format) (January agenda not yet posted)

First Tuesday Happy Hour

5:30 - 8:30 P.M. - Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Welcome the New Year at AIA/Chicago's monthly happy hour

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Risk Management for Structural Engineers

7:00 P.M. program, preceded by 5:15 P.M. cash bar and 6:00 P.M. dinner- Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 South Michigan
Sponsor: Structural Engineerers Association of Illinois
$45.00 for SEAOI members; $55.00 for non-members

Attorney Jeffrey Kubes will discuss risk management issues for engineers. Industry data confirms that the claim frequency for structural engineers is among the highest of all design professionals. This program will focus upon methods that structural engineers can implement to avoid claims in their practice. The comments will include examples of the misfortunes of other engineers as exhibited by claims and lawsuits filed over the past 20+ years. This session will analyze the various risks which do exist and provide recommendations for avoidance of claims based upon the presenter's prior experiences.

Jeffrey Kubes has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and is co-founder of the law firm Crisham and Kubes. Although he has experience in a wide variety of areas, construction-related law is his major area of focus.

   January 10, Wednesday

Moving Beyond Congestion

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

That's the strategic plan being prepared by the Regional Transportation Authority in partnership with CTA, Metra and Pace, to assess the regional transit system’s preservation needs and determine how new investments can best improve regional mobility. RTA executive director Steve Schlickman will present the draft plan for discussion. Here is an opportunity for AIA members to provide feedback into the planning process which is due to be finalized early this year. Bring lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

The AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards

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

Lecture by Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President, AIA Chicago

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Dongtan: Integrated Planning for an Eco-City

5:45 P.M. - Merchandise Mart, Suite 8A (from first or second floor of Mart, take elevator at west end of building to 8th floor.)
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects, Environment, Regional & Urban Design KCsDongtan, China, rendering
Free for AIA members, $15.00 for non-members
1 LU/HSW

The work of Gary Lawrence, Urban Strategies Leader at Arup (Seattle), has laid the groundwork for current thinking on sustainable development. He will discuss the firm's master planning for Dongtan Eco-City, on an island near Shanghai, which will be the world’s first sustainable city, a possible template for city planning not only in China but elsewhere in the world..

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   January 12, Friday

SEAOI Trade Show 2007

8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. - Chicago Athletic Association, located at 12 S. Michigan,
Sponsor: Structural Engineerers Association of Illinois
$10.00 (includes breakfast)

Vendor representatives will be available for discussion about their products throughout the event. 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.

Information on-line (Microsoft Word format) or at 312.649.4600

   January 13, Saturday

Frank Lloyd Wright in the 21st: Creating A Sustainable Future

7:00 - 9:00 P.M. - Unity Temple , 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, The Frank Lloyd Wright Conservation Trust, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
$15.00 for members, $20.00 non-members.

Is Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy still relevant in the 21st century? Phillip Allsopp, the new Unity Temple, Frank Lloyd Wright, architectPresident and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, will kick off Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple Restoration Foundation’s 2007 Program Series, "Breaking the Box," with a lecture that will address the many challenges facing the organization on an international scale, including the need to "articulate and illustrate what the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation should look like and how it should perform in the next decade, in order to deliver Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy globally." 

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   January 15, Monday

InSPIREd

6:30 P.M. - Daley Bicentennial Plaza - 337 E. Randolph just east of Columbus
Sponsor: Grant Park Advisory Council Chicago Spire, Santiago Calatrava, architect
Free event

A
public meeting on two new addition's to Chicago's our distinguished skyline. John Lahey from the architecture firm of Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Associates will introduce to the public for the first time the design of a new high-rise building to be built at the northeast corner of Randolph and Michigan Avenue on Grant Park, which will also include the creation of new, modern retail space in the existing Doral Plaza building on Michigan Avenue. Garrett Kelleher of Shelbourne Development Group will present to you the latest design for the "Spire" designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.  

Information: 312/829.8015

   January 16, Tuesday

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Matthei and Colin Associates, 332 S. Michigan Ave., #614
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

AIA Chicago has purchased all the available ARE and LEED study materials, and anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination is welcome to attend these sessions. This month's host is Kevin Myshock, Assoc. AIA.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

The Two Visions of Private Land

5:00 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA • 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Sponsor: American Planning Association Chicago
Free for members and non-members. Limited seating. No reservations required.

Lecture by Joel Bookman, Director of Programs, LISC/Chicago, ia consultant in strategic planning, economic and real estate development, and nonprofit management. The New Communities Program is a long-term initiative of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)/Chicago to support comprehensive community development in 16 Chicago LISCneighborhoods. Since 1998 this program has worked to rejuvenate challenged communities, bolster those in danger of losing ground, and preserve the diversity of areas in the path of gentrification. Plans for these neighborhoods were unveiled in May 2005, and since that time NCP staff have been working to implement the plans. APA's Illinois chapter recognized their work with an award at the chapter's recent conference. Bookman will discuss this initiative's planning process and what has resulted so far for these communities

Information.

A Plan for 21st Century Chicago

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment, Regional & Urban Design KCsZoka Zola Plan for 21st Century Chicago
Free for AIA members, $15.00 for non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Zoka Zola, AIA, RIBA, will present project, “Plan for 21st Century Chicago” and show how three to eight changes to the current Chicago Zoning Ordinance would provide innumerable benefits and transform Chicago: more affordable homes and every home would have a garden. She is working with the City on a demonstration project for this plan. Her “Zero Energy House” will also be presented.  

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   January 17, Wednesday

“Only Girl Architect—Lonely”: 100 years of Women Architects Working and Organizing in Chicago

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

Lecture by Susan King, AIA, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Grow Your Business through Focused Market Sector Planning

5:30 - 6:30 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 1049 Merchandise Mart
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment, Regional & Urban Design KCs
Free for AIA members, $15.00 for non-members
1 LU

Many successful firms have managed to overcome the common "we-must-be-all-things-to-all-people" trap by matching core competencies with trends and forecasts to remain ahead of the curve. The secret: concentrating on the client type in order to increase market penetration. Anne Scarlett, Scarlett Consulting, will show how market sector planning fits into your bigger strategic marketing and business development plan; steps to creating an action plan for each market sector that will promote the firm as an expert and increase market share; tips to increase marketing/business development productivity through a well-orchestrated, highly informed planning process.  

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Judith McBrien

6:00 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 North Kingsbury
Daniel Burnham Archimnedia Workshop ProjectSponsor: Archeworks
Free event

Presentation on the work of the Archimedia Workshop, which is currently embarking upon a documentary series about visionary architect and urban planner Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) for national television broadcast. Details TBA

RSVP. Information: 312/867.7254  or on-line

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Matthei and Colin Associates, 332 S. Michigan Ave., #614
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

AIA Chicago has purchased all the available ARE and LEED study materials, and anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination is welcome to attend these sessions. This month's host is Kevin Myshock, Assoc. AIA.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   January 18, Thursday

Roofing 1 - Basics and Alternative Systems

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

Joanne Rodriguez from Tremco Roofing will review the different roof systems typically available and provide a basic examination of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as industry statistics concerning their performance characteristics. Bring lunch or buy at CBA cafeteria (purchase ticket on first floor).

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

The Plan of Chicago

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

Lecture by Carl Smith, author of the new book, The Plan of Chicago, Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City. Arguably the most influential document in the The Plan of Chicago by Carl Smithhistory of urban planning, Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the city’s most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier. Smith will talk about the Plan’s creation and how it embodies the renowned architect’s belief that cities can and must be remade for the better. A book signing will follow presentation.

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

Chicago Plan Commission

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

January agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)

Pinwheel on the Prairie: An Overview of the Price Tower

6:00 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event

Price Tower by architect Frank Lloyd WrightLecture by Anthony Alofsin, Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture, University of Texas at Austin. Alofsin, curator of CAF's exhibition, Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, opening this evening, will discuss the design process for Price Tower and explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of rotational geometry and his integration of materials from exterior to interior. A reception will follow the lecture.

RSVP: 312/922.3432 x266 - Information on-line

 

   January 20, Saturday

Architectural Double Feature - Calatrava and Foster

5:30 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


A double-bill of two architectural films, both projected in Beta SP video:

The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower is a saga that spirals Santiago Calatrava - The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Towerto the edge of disaster, where the head of a Swedish housing cooperative attempts to bestow a monumental sculpture on his not entirely eager members by hiring acclaimed Spanish Building the Gherkinarchitect Santiago Calatrava to construct the unique "Turning Torso" as a residential high-rise. In Swedish and English with English subtitles

Building the Gherkin is about the tense race to complete London's controversial Norman Foster-designed office tower on the site of an IRA bombing runs parallel to public debate over whether the building is a visionary addition to the skyline or whether the city has gotten itself into a pickle.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

  January 22, Monday

James Carpenter - Recent WorkJames Carpenter Design Associates

6:00 P.M. - University of Illinois at Chicago, Art and Architecture Building, 845 West Harrison, Room 1100
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event

Lecture by James Carpenter, James Carpenter Design Associates.

Information on-line or call 312/996.3335

Antonio Gaudi

6:00 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


In the second repeat engagement in little more than a month , the Film Center is again Antonio Gaudishowing Antonio Gaudi, the 1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudí. Teshigahara's eye for texture, shape and sensual detail meets Gaudí's whimsy in the cinematic exploration of such masterpieces of visionary architecture as the cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. The contemporary of artists such as Picasso and Joan Miró, Gaudí drew on Barcelona's medieval Romanesque architecture and ancient Arab culture for his inspiration. This film reveals the intricacy and hallucinatory richness of his concepts through camera work alone. Forgoing narration, Teshigahara accompanies his images with a brilliantly eclectic selection of music, ranging from baroque harpsichord to glass orchestra. Newly struck 35mm print.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

  January 23, Tuesday

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Matthei and Colin Associates, 332 S. Michigan Ave., #614
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

AIA Chicago has purchased all the available ARE and LEED study materials, and anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination is welcome to attend these sessions. This month's host is Kevin Myshock, Assoc. AIA.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Green New Year Party (rescheduled from Dec. 12)

5:30 - 7:30 P.M. - USG Solutions Center, 222 W. Hubbard St., 3rd floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC
Free event

Celebrate our 2006 achievements and goals for 2007 as AIA Chicago and Chicago Dept. of Environment renew their Memorandum of Understanding to carry out activities of mutual interest.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Architectural Double Feature - Calatrava and Foster

8:00 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


A double-bill of two architectural films, both projected in Beta SP video: The Socialist, the Architect, and the Twisted Tower and Building the Gherkin. See the listing for January 20th for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

  January 24, Wednesday

Aqua Tower Aqua Tower by architect Jeanne Gang

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

Lecture by Jeanne Gang, Principal, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - Matthei and Colin Associates, 332 S. Michigan Ave., #614
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

AIA Chicago has purchased all the available ARE and LEED study materials, and anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination is welcome to attend these sessions. This month's host is Kevin Myshock, Assoc. AIA.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

  January 25, Thursday

Crossing the Drive - Chicago Prize 2007 Awards Ceremony and Marion Weiss keynote

5:30 P.M. exhibition opens, Trading Room, Art Institute of Chicago
6:30 P.M. awards ceremony and keynote by jury Chair Marion Weiss

Sponsor: Chicago Architectural Club
Free event

Exhibition of entries to the Chicago Architectural Club's 2007 Chicago Prize competition, Crossing the Drive, seeking solutions for extending public access to the lakefront at Queen's Crossing east of the Buckingham Fountaion.

Information online

  January 26, Friday

Mrs. Glessner’s 1906 Calendar

7:00 PM - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$25.00, reservations in advance

On January 1, 1906, for Mrs. Glessner’s 58th birthday, her Monday morning reading class presented her with a surprise calendar book, each leaf with two original and personalized greetings for a day of her year, with four additional pages by prominent Chicago artisans marking seasonal separations.  The leather-bound book, now in the Museum’s collection, has dimensions of 12 x 18 inches and is 4 inches thick. Among the contributors were Daniel and Margaret Burnham, Harold and Edith McCormick,Frederick Stock, and William Rainey Harper.

Board member and docent Bill Tyre has done extensive research on the contributors, photographed over 100 of the pages, and will offer a PowerPoint presentation on his findings.  The display, located in the recently restored coach house, will be open during the event and cake and champagne will be served. Th event is a benefit for the museum.

Advance reservations are required.  Phone/credit card transactions can be completed at 312/ 326.1480 during business hours.  Check transactions can be mailed to Glessner House, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago 60616.  Reservations must be received by Wednesday, January 24.

  January 27, Saturday

Antonio Gaudi

3:15 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$9.00, $7.00 for students, $5.00 for Film Center members


1985 film by Woman of the Dunes director Hiroshi Teshigahara, See January 22nd entry for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

  January 31, Wednesday

Global Warming and Green Building

11:30 A .M. (registration/lunch) 12:15 P.M. (program)- East Bank Club, 500 N. Kingsbury St.
Sponsor: Crew (Commercial Real Estate Women of Chicago), AIA Chicago
$40.00 CREW, AIA members; $50.00 non-members ($50.00/$60.00 after Dec. 26; $65.00/$75.00 at the door).
1 LU/HSW

Global warming is a fact, but what does it have to do with green buildings? Learn how two major local institutions - City of Chicago and Exelon Corp. - are addressing the impetus to build green. Mayor Daley has made green building a priority for all city buildings and declared that Chicago will be the greenest city in the nation. Exelon's new headquarters in Chase Tower were designed by ISI with the goal of a LEED Platinum rating. Speakers: Helen Kessler, FAIA (HJKessler Associates); Sadhu Johnston, Chicago Dept. of Environment; Deborah Kuo, Exelon Corporation. Lunch included.

Reservations on-line. Information: 312/670.7770

Mo(dern) Mo(mentum), the Building Rising at State and Randolph

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
MOMO by Booth Hansen ArchitectsSponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. A Corner Bakery is also on the premises.
1LU

Lecture by Charles Stetson, Booth Hansen Associates

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

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