Calendar of Architectural Events for July 2007

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

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   July 10, Tuesday

Recent Work of Farr Associates

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

Lecture by Doug Farr, AIA, Founding Principal, Farr Associates.

Having designed two LEED platinum-rated buildings, Chicago-based Farr Associates is one of the world’s premier architectural firms, leading the way in sustainable architectural design.

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.

June agenda (Adobe Acrobat format)(July agenda not yet posted)

The Last Four Miles: Completing Chicago's Public Lakefront

5:00 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Sponsor: APA Chicago
Free event
1.3 CPD

TIn 1909 Daniel Burnham created the Plan of Chicago, which envisioned a fully public Lake Michigan shoreline for the city of Chicago. In honor of the plan's 100-year Peter Kindel, Topografisanniversary, Chicago's Friends of the Parks has initiated a major civic improvement project to fulfill Burnham's vision for the southeastern portion of the lakefront. Peter Kindel of Topografis will present their plan, which proposes a series of parks and shoreline restoration projects to complete the last four miles of Chicago's 30-mile lakefront and ensure public accessibility. He will also discuss the relevance of major civic initiatives in the 21st century, their potential benefits to underserved neighborhoods, and the challenges of achieving such plans within today's heightened environmental consciousness and understanding.

Information: on-line.

First Tuesday Happy Hour

5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Everyone is welcome at this monthly event - on the bar's rooftop for the summer

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   July 11, Wednesday

RUDKC Planning Session

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
Free event

Annual strategic planning session, identify program ideas for the coming year, and discuss initiatives related to the 2009 centennial celebration of Burnham and Bennett's Plan for Chicago. All are welcome. Bring your lunch - beverages provided

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   July 12, Thursday

Building Successful Mixed-Income Communities: Transportation and Transit-Oriented Development

8:00 - 10:30 A .M. - Walnut Room of the Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph
Sponsor: Metropolitan Planning Council, MacArthur Foundation

Now in its seventh year, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Plan for Transformation is reconnecting individuals and communities to the social, cultural and economic fabric of the greater Chicago region. Providing a range of travel options convenient to new housing Hilliard Homes, Bertrand Goldberg, architectis vital. Whether the goal is to make it easier for public housing residents to get to their jobs, market the new mixed-income communities, or attract retailers, transportation improvements and transit-oriented development are the best answer to increase the appeal and quality of life in these neighborhoods.

A panel of national and local experts will share with us their strategies for connecting mixed-income neighborhoods to transportation options and strengthening the "virtuous triangle" of quality housing development, healthy economic growth, and efficient transit connections. Sharon Gist Gilliam , CEO of CHA, and Stephen Schlickman , executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority, will make opening remarks. Panelists will include David Taylor , National Director of Transit-Oriented Development and Sustainable Transit Solutions for HDR, and Bernita Johnson-Gabriel, Executive Director, Quad Communities Development Corporation. Bernard Loyd , president of Urban Juncture, and member of the Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governors, will moderate.

Register on-line. Information: email Pam Lee or call 312/863.6011 or on-line

Historic Neighborhood Schools Initiative

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-membersCarl Schurz High School, Dwight Perkins, Architect
1 LU

Royce Yeater, AIA, regional director of the Chicago-based Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss the project he has led on the preservation of public schools. Bring your lunch - beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

From Jenney to Jensen & Halstead: A Legacy of Innovation

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event

Lecture by Dave K. Dastur, AIA, Senior Principal, Jensen & Halstead, Ltd. and Kimberly Lindstrom, Jensen & Halstead, Ltd.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Creative Living in the City

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

Natural areas in urban parks provide important opportunities for city dwellers to come into contact with wide variety of native plants and animals. A dedicated group of professionals and volunteers have taken on the stewardship of these areas and are using effective ways to manage and restore them. Because ecological restoration is an evolving science, sometimes controversy arises when stewards are faced with a choice between a number of different and possibly conflicting restoration goals and methods of management. This lecture will feature presentations and a panel discussion about the various types of management that are employed in the Chicago Park District's natural areas. A representative of the Park District will introduce their natural areas program and Judy Pollock, of Audubon - Chicago Region, will present slides from a recent study on the needs of birds in a dense urban environment

Information: 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)

Tour: Spertus Institute, Under Construction

6:00 - 7:30 P.M. - 610 S. Michigan Ave.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC Spertus Institute, Krueck + Sexton, architects
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Mark Sexton, FAIA, principal of Krueck + Sexton, will lead a tour of the innovative new home for the Spertus Institute, scheduled to open in November 2007. Note: participants must wear hard-soled shoes and bring a hardhat.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770 Limited to 30 participants - nonmembers will be accommodated if space is available

   July 17, Tuesday

Green Living: How LEED-ND and conservation design will transform our communities

10:00 - 11 :30 A .M. -Conference Center Dining Room, Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines,
Sponsor: Metropolitan Planning Council, VOA Associates

The Campaign for Sensible Growth and Northwest Municipal Conference present a conversation with leaders in real estate development, architecture, and land-use planning about how LEED-ND, neighborhood-scale green development, has raised the bar on development standards, why the market wants it, and what a community can do to get these projects done. In May, the Illinois General Assembly became the first in the nation to pass legislation promoting communities meeting LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification, marking a shift away from costly, energy-hungry, land-use patterns, toward truly sustainable neighborhoods .

This morning's panel will be moderated by Gail Sturm, Executive Vice President, ProTen Realty Group, and include presentations by G. Benjamin Ranney, Principal, Terra Firma Co., Bill Sturm, Principal, Serena Sturm Architects, Doug Widener, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council Chicago Chapter and Bill Wiet, Community Development Director, City of Aurora.

Register on-line. Information: email Pam Lee or call 312/863.6011 or on-line

Geothermal Technology 101

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

The U.S. EPA calls the geoexchange system, also known as geothermal heat pumps, the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, environmentally clean heating and cooling technology currently known to exist. What resources are available to help you consider and design for such a system? Michael Kuk, LEED AP, from Sieben Energy Associates will provide an overview of environmental benefits; tax incentives and potential funding sources; system selection criteria; and the steps in performing an engineering analysis.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Helen Kessler: The Inside Track to Leadership in Sustainable Design

6:00 to 8:00 pm, Jefferson Tap, 325 North Jefferson
Sponsor: Women in Planning + Development Chicago
Helen Kessler, AIA, HJ Kessler Associates, Inc.$15 for WP+D Chicago members online, $25.00 non-members; $20.00 and $30.00, respectively, at the door

Helen Kessler, President of HJKessler Associates will provide insight on her path from an MBA at Wharton to leading sustainable design and energy efficiency projects for the City of Chicago to the State of Illinois to the McDonalds Corporation.

Information and register on-line.

Successful Natural Areas for Sustainable Developments

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: Jack Pizzo, Pizzo & Associates Ltd.

Natural areas – homeowners want them, they can be more cost effective than traditional landscaping, and they raise property value and can help you sell your project. Learn how proper planning for beautiful and functional open spaces will guarantee success.

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

   July 18, Wednesday

Mega-Healthcare: Integrated Project Delivery

6:-00 - 7:30 P.M. - Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Feinberg Pavilion, Pritzker Auditorium
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Ricky Langford, executive director, University of Chicago Medical Center's New Hospital Pavilion, and James Bicak, AIA, from Northwestern Memorial Hospital will discuss the integrated project delivery approach for "mega" healthcare projects. In this delivery method, the owner, design team, and construction management team are equal partners from beginning to end, collaborating in a non-adversarial way. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a case study of the success of this approach.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   July 19, Thursday

Sound Attenuation Membranes for Ceramic Tile & Stone

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

Explore the critical integration of sound attenuation for hard-surface flooring in meeting BOCA and IBC standards for residential and light commercial applications. Karen Swank, CTC, CSI and David DeBear, CTC, CSI, from Custom Building Products will discuss Impact Insulation Class (IIC) and Sound Transmission Control (STC) in detail. Learn how to specify a complete and effective sound-rated assembly for ceramic tile and stone. Bring lunch or use the CBA cafeteria (buy lunch ticket on the first floor).

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Preservation Onions

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

Landmarks Illinois staff members will talk about the candidates for the top “preservation onion” at Landmarks Illinois’ first annual presentation of the worst blunders, remuddling efforts, or demolitions in historic preservation in the Chicagoland area. Audience response will determine the stinkiest onion of the bunch.

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

Chicago’s Urban Nature: A Guide to the City’s Architecture + Landscape

12:15 P.M. - John Buck Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event - please arrive early, as seating is limited

Lecture by and book-signing by Sally A. Kitt Chappell, whose new book, Chicago’s Urban Nature: A Guide to the City’s Architecture + Landscape, offers a new way of Chicago's Urban Nature, by Sally A. Kitt Chappelllooking at the city’s unique melding of architecture and landscape. Chicago is at the forefront of an international effort to expand and nurture civic life through the merging of art, architecture, and public open spaces. In this new era, the green world becomes a vital part of the cultural meaning of the whole built environment. Parks and open spaces are no longer an adjunct to city life, passive areas of retreat; rather they are dynamic, culture-creating forces with documented health and social benefits. Chappell will explore the historic sites and contemporary green spaces that embrace this new urban concept.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

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

Monthly meeting.

June agenda (Adobe Acrobat format) (July agenda not yet posted)

UIC College of Architecture and the Arts 2007 Scholarship Benefit

6:00 - 9:00 P .M. - UIC, Art and Design Hall, 400 S. Peoria Street
Sponsor: UIC College of Architecture and the Arts ,
$35.00 - $200.00

Jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis will headline the 2007 Scholarship Benefit for the UIC School of Architecture and the Arts, which provides significant support for the school's student scholarship program. The evening will also include theater selections from Cheryl Lynn Bruce, an exhibition of works by artists affiliated with the college, a buffet dinner, and refreshments. A silent auction will include over "20 objects and experiences" from architects Doug Garofalo andDan Wheeler, artists Maurice Blank and Phyliss Bramson, andarchitectural tours from Martha Pollak and Peter Hales, among other offerings.

Order tickets by contacting Consuela Marie Sanchez, by email, or by calling.312-355-0480. More information can also be found on the benefit's website.

   July 21, Saturday

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, Chicago Department of Environment

The City of Chicago recently introduced the Chicago Green Homes Program. By using the Chicago Green Homes Program, professionals 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 their 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.

Green Restoration for Historic Homes

11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P..M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Presenter: Annette Conti, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association

The Green Bungalow Initiative explores the challenge of preserving historic bungalows in Chicago Green Bungalow Initiativea sustainable way. Working with contractors who understand preservation and green building practices, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) encourages responsible renovation and the conservation of energy. This seminar will focus on case studies of successful bungalow renovation methods and projects, along with the challenges of addressing energy efficiency on a budget.

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

  July 25, Wednesday

The Chicago Bungalow

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.

Lecture by Emily Ramsey, Assistant Director, Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

Between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Great Depression, tens of thousands of brick bungalows were constructed in Chicago. These bungalows, economically designed and solidly built, brought Arts and Crafts architecture to the masses and helped make the American dream of homeownership a reality for working class families. Emily Ramsey of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association will discuss the history of Chicago bungalow neighborhoods and the evolution of the Chicago bungalow as a unique local housing type.

Lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibit, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards, co-presented with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association and on view in the John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery, July 23–29.

Information: 312/922.3432 x266  or on-line

Design Exposed: Goettsch Partners

6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - 224 S. Michigan Ave., Floor 17
155 North Wacker, Goettsch Partners, architectsSponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

Partner Steve Nilles, AIA will present some of the firm’s recent high-rise and mixed-use projects in the U.S. and Asia that integrate advanced design and engineering concepts. Select Chicago assignments will include 111 South Wacker and UBS Tower, as well as the in-progress 155 N. Wacker and the vertical addition to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois headquarters. An office tour will follow

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770. Limited to 50 participants.

  July 26, Thursday

Public Art and Downtown Chicago

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

Mark Disuvero Chicago’s Loop is home to one of the world's greatest collections of modern sculpture, and traveling exhibits or temporary installations, from the 1999 “Cows on Parade” to the current Mark di Suvero installation in Millennium Park, bring tourist interest and excitement to the central area. Nathan Mason, curator of special projects for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will talk about how art helps make downtown special. Note: This program replaces the previously scheduled lecture on The Roosevelt Collection, which has been cancelled.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

State-of-the-Art Brownfield Redevelopment in Chicago

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.

AIA/CEU: 2; PDH: 2

Presenter: David J. Reynolds, Earth Tech

Dealing with contaminated properties can be a jungle of acronyms. But entering this jungle is unavoidable if your redevelopment projects include formerly used properties. During this seminar, David Reynolds will provide an overview of environmental due diligence and the Site Remediation Program, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s voluntary clean-up programs and strategies on how to manage contaminated sites.

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

  July 28, Saturday

Tour: Chicago Center for Green Technology

9:30 - 10:30 A .M. - 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum, Environment KC
Free for members, $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

The Center for Green Technology presents a living, breathing model of green technology Chicago Center for Green Technology, Farr Associates, architectsas applied to the built environment. CCGT was the third building in the U.S. to be designed according to the LEED rating system and the only one in an existing structure. The center offers classes for professionals and homeowners and is rents space to several environment-oriented tenants. Learn how to incorporate more environmentally friendly and cost saving features into your everyday design strategy.

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