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   April 1, Tuesday

Avis LaVelle - from Politics to Planning, Why PR Plays Such a Major Roll

6:00 P.M. - Jefferson Tap, 325 North Jefferson
Sponsor: Women in Planning and Development
$20.00 for WP+D members, $40.00 non-members

Avis LaVelle, Managing Partner of LaVelle-Cousin Issues Management, will review her Avis LaVellecareer development along with offer advice and insider knowledge about PR and why it is a critical part of the planning process. Her firm specializes in public affairs, advocacy support, community outreach and media training. As a former Senior Partner at The Foster Group, a Chicago-based IT consulting firm, LaVelle was the liaison between the firm, local and state government and the media. Prior to that, LaVelle served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals. In that role, she managed media and public relations activities for the U. of C. Hospitals and Health Systems.

Reservations and Information on-line.

   April 2, Wednesday

30 Years of Lessons from the Monadnock Building

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Monadnock Building, Chicago, Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root, architectsMichigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Bill Donnell, Montauk Company, owner/restorer of Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root's Monadnock Building.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Guide to Accessibility in the Chicago Building Code

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

Accessibility laws are complex, varied, and not always clearly understood by the design profession. A design guideline can more simply state code language and inform through illustrations and lay text. Denise Arnold, AIA, author of the new Illustrated Guide to Chapter 18-11, Accessibility, of the Chicago Building Code, will present accessible housing codes and laws common in the Illinois Accessibility Code and the Fair Housing Amendment Act (FHAA) which are incorporated into Chapter 18-11. In addition, new accessibility laws unique to Chicago’s Municipal Code, such as adaptable townhouses in privately financed planned developments, will be reviewed, using the Illustrated Guide as a tool.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Ross Wimer - Innovation and Interpretation: New Directions at SOMInfinity Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, architects

6:00 P.M. - McCloska Auditorium, McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Ross Wimer, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago

Information: 312/567.3279 or on-line.

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   April 3, Thursday

Preserving the Landmarks of LaSalle Street

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

A presentation by Lucien LaGrange Architects and he Prime Group Inc., which is currently in the process of renovating 11 South LaSalle and 208 South LaSalle. Lucien LaGrange Architects are the architects behind the renovation of 208 South LaSalle. These experts in transforming Chicago's historic buildings will discuss everything involved in the rejuvenation process, from key renovation details to how to attract new tenants.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Managing Stormwater at Home

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation. Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.


Lecture by Sarah Beazley, City of Chicago, Department of Environment. With Chicago’s new Stormwater Ordinance now in effect, special attention is being paid to our most precious and valuable natural resource. Learn techniques for stormwater management such as rain barrels, rain gardens and disconnecting downspouts at home.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 201-A , Permit Review Committee meets afterwards at 33 North LaSalle, Suite 1600
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line.

Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago's West Side

5:30 P.M., reception - 6:15 P.M., lecture- John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago's West Side, book, and exhibition at the Chicago Architectural Foundation
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event

Lecture by authors Julia Bachrach and Jo Ann Nathan, who will speak about new historical insights that were uncovered while researching Garfield Park’s Conservatory, neighborhood, and park. The lecture marks the opening of the exhibition, Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago's West Side, which runs through June 6th.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

LEED Extra Credit: Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Sustainable Building Design: An Integrated Approach

5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Moderator: David Cintron, DAC Studios, Ltd. Speakers: Don McLean, Integrated Environmental Solutions, Ltd.; Alex Severino, Autodesk; Robert C. Grupe, Jr., USG

This moderated panel discussion will address the use of BIM and the virtual environment as a tool for multi-disciplinary teams to design, analyze and specify high performance buildings. The panel will also discuss the management of USGBC LEED related performance criteria using BIM

Please note: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration is taken through the USGBC - Chicago Chapter.

ULI Chicago Spring Networking Event

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. , Citizen Bar, 364 West Erie
Sponsor: ULI Chicago Young Leaders Group
$45.00 members, $60.00 non-members, $10.00 student

Guest great conversation, cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres

Register on-line for this event (through April 1). Information on-line

   April 4, Friday

Neil M. DenariHL23, on New York's High Line, NMDA Architects

6:00 P.M. - Room 1100, Art and Architecture Building, 845 West Harrison
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event
Lecture by Neil M. Denari, Principal, NMDA, Los Angeles

Information on-line.

   April 5, Saturday

Chicago Afternoons with Leon

10::00 A.M. - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$15.00, $10.00 for members
(RSVP by 3/31)

Join author Kenan Heise, who will share stories from his new book on Leon Despres Chicago Afternoons with Leon Depres, book by Kenan Heiseentitled Chicago Afternoons with Leon: 99-1/2 Years Old and Looking Forward. In 1972, Mike Royko said of Leon Despres, "Throughout his career, Leon Despres has been in the forefront of just about every decent, worthwhile effort made to improve life in this city." Despres, who turned 100 on February 2, was a long-time alderman, and along with his wife Marian, spearheaded the effort to rescue the Glessner House from demolition. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and at press time, Leon Despres is planning to be present.

Information: online or call 312/326.1480

Working with an Architect

1:00 -3:00 P.M. - Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Housing KC, Hyde Park Art Center
Free event

Are you planning to build a new home, remodel your kitchen, or renovate a three-flat? If so, attend this free seminar to help you learn how to select an architect, understand the phases of a project, and create your dream house. Working With an Architect is lead by well-respected residential architects who provide information on: The role of the owner, architect and builder; the phases of a project, from budget to construction; tips on choosing an architect, including how to review a portfolio and check references.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

unconventional creativity

2:00 P.M. - Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
$20.00, $15.00 for members of the Restoration Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killiam run an independent artist exhibition space in their Oak Park backyard. The success of The Suburban and its ability to draw internationally-known artists is due not to conventional methods such as marketing but to a uniquely unconventional approach: near-completion creative freedom for their artists. During our visit, we’ll view work by artists Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow.

Limited to 20; registration required.

Information: 708/383.8873 or on-line.

   April 7, Monday

Alex Krieger: Recent WorkAlex Krieger at IIT

6:00 P.M. - McCloska Auditorium, McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Alex Krieger, Professor in Practice and Chairman Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Information: 312/567.3279 or on-line.

Marta Male-Alemany + Jose Pedro Sousa

6:00 P.M. - Room 1100, Art and Architecture Building, 845 West Harrison
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event
Lecture by Marta Male-Alemany and Jose Pedro Sousa, Principals, ReD, Barcelona

Information on-line.

   April 8, Tuesday

The Chicago Bird Agenda: Bird Safe Building Design Aspects

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation. Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.
AIA/CES 1

Presentation by Sarah Beazley, City of Chicago, Department of Environment (DOE); Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; and Annette Prince, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. It is estimated that in the US at least 100 million birds are killed annually as they fly into glass or are confused by building lights at night. In keeping with Mayor Daley's goal to become the Greenest City in America, the city published Chicago's Bird Agenda 2006. Studio Gang Architects will present examples of building with bird safe design practices

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Green Infrastructure Mapping

5:00 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA • 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600,
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Free event
CM 1.0

Openlands and the Center for Neighborhood Technology have developed a Green Infrastructure Mapping tool to create customized maps to identify and protect the natural resources of the region. The project embraces a geographic scope of 19 counties in Green Infrastructure Mappingnortheast Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southeast Wisconsin and over 400 GIS layers of natural resource data. Initially, the organizations collected natural resource and sustainability data and made it available on-line.

It soon became clear that the data would be more useful if it were put into an interactive format accessible to the general public. The result is the interactive green infrastructure mapping website which gives the user the ability to target specific geographic regions and pick appropriate data layers to create maps. Lenore Beyer-Clow, from Openlands, and Peter Haas, from CNT, will illustrate the capabilities of the interactive website as a planning tool. The presentation will include examples of maps that can be used to advocate for the protection of natural resources, air and water quality, and recreational open space across the region.

Information: 312/431.9100 or on-line

First Tuesdays Happy Hour

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

Everyone is welcome - AIA membership is not required. Gunlocke and Allsteel are our partners for this month's gathering.

Register for this event.
Information: 312/670.7770

The Significance of 15%

5:30 -6:00 P.M. reception and cash bar, 6:30 - 7:30 P.M., program, Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
Free event (donations are appreciated)

Lecture by Dr. Mete A. Sozen, Ph.D., SE, Kettelhurt Distinguished Professor of Structural Dr Mete A. Sozen, PhDEngineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, who will talk about the relationship of analysis to design of structures for lateral loading, explosion, and high-speed impact, but the focus of the lecture will be to think about the significance of 15% overstress in design analyses.

Reservations: contact Donna Childs at 312/726.4165 x200 extension 200 or via email. Information on-line.

Sulan Kolatan

6:00 P.M., Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago
Sponsosr: Architecture and Design Society of The Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago Women in ArchitectureSulan Kolatan, KOL/MAC LLC
Free event, seating limited.

Presentation by Sulan Kolatan, principal KOL/MAC LLC, co-founded with William J. AcDonald, a firm that has"been internationally acknowledged as a leader in digital architecture and technologically innovative design.

Information: 312/443.3631.

Building Envelope: Insulating Concrete Forms

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.

Presenters: Ryan Schultz and Hank Harasimowicz, AES Products, Inc.

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) is revolutionizing the global building industries for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial developments. Currently, ICF construction makes up approximately 5% of new residential construction in North America and is growing at 25-30% per year. Because of its unparalleled comfort, energy efficiency and safety ratings at comparable costs, building with Insulating Concrete Forms is gaining momentum over other building methods. Join representatives from AES Products as they explore these benefits and explain how ICF may work for your next project.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   April 9, Wednesday

Conserving Stained Glass and Decorative Finishes in Landmark Structures: the Dewes Mansion, Cultural Center, and the Plaza HotelRestoring Tiffany Dome at the Chiczgo Cultural Center, E.C. Botti, Botti Studio, City of Chicago photograph

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by E.C. Botti, President, Botti Studio of Architectural Arts.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Planning Projects in China

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. - Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 224 South Michigan, #1000
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional and Urban Design KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members - limited to 35 participants
1.5 LU/HSW

Philip Enquist, FAIA, principal of SOM and director of its urban planning studio, will Chongming Island, China, master plan, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, architectspresent his firm's current planning projects in China, including Chongming Island which won an AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award last year. Given China’s extensive economic expansion, what best practices have been introduced, and what has he learned from his experiences there? An office tour will follow the presentation

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   April 10, Thursday

An Introduction to the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center and Building Energy Efficiency

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.

Presenters: Ben Sliwinski and Tom Abram, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center

This seminar will introduce the services of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and its role in Illinois in building energy efficiency. The seminar will also discuss the top ten methods for reducing energy costs in buildings. This will include a review of both conservation and renewable energy technologies.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   April 12, Saturday

Sustainability and Community: Redefining the Urban Fabric

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.

Presenter: Richard Avery, Avery Architecture & Design

This case study in community initiated sustainable urban planning and design explores how cities must change to face the energy and environmental demands they face today and in the future. This seminar will present the ongoing process and evolving design for a former industrial site in Evanston. The site plan provides affordable and market rate housing with much needed retail space

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   April 13, Sunday

Schindler's Houses

12:30 P.M. - Facets Multimedia, 1517 West Fullerton
$5.00, free for Facets members

Film by Heinz Emigholz, the premier purveyor of architectural oddities (D'Annunzio's Cave; Goff in the Desert), offers a stunning portrait of urban Los Angeles through the houses of Austrian-American architect Rudolph Schindler. Using no voiceover, archival photos, or other conventions of standard documentaries, the film presents beautifully composed shots of 40 of Schindler's houses in the order in which they were built. Part of Emigholz's "Photography and Beyond" series.

Information: 773/281.9075, or on-line.

   April 14, Monday

Rocio Romero - Retooling Modern Design

6:00 P.M. - McCloska Auditorium, McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 South State
LV Series Home, Rocio Romero, architectSponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Rocio Romero, Owner and Principal, Rocio Romero, LLC.

Information: 312/567.3279 or on-line.

   April 15, Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

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

Monthly meeting.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line.

Sustainable Games: Chicago 2016

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

What sustainable features are included in Chicago's bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games? Hear about the bid's planning and venue design principles from Sean Kinzie, AIA, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, coordinating architect for the Chicago 2016 bid, and from environmental consultant Steven R Moylan of Abbott. They will also review proposed and actual sustainable strategies employed in recent Games.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

Marshall/Mau: Radical Agency : Massive Change - Social Agendas in Art and Design

6:00 P.M. - Rubloff Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicago, 230 S. Columbus Drive
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Free event

A dialogue between artist Kerry James Marshall and designer Bruce Mau will examine the relationship of Marshall and Mau's practices to the functions of art and design as vehicles for social and political engagement. Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham, Kerry James Marshall and Bruce Mau in conversation at the Art Institute of ChicagoAlabama, and was educated at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, from which he received a BFA in 1978 and an honorary doctorate in 1999. Marshall has called his work "unapologetically black," and his subject matter is rooted in the geography of his upbringing. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Bruce Mau has been the design director of Zone Books since its inception in 1985, and is the creative director of Bruce Mau Design. With Rem Koolhaas, Mau designed and conceived the award-winning and critically acclaimed book S,M,L,XL, one of many collaborative partnerships between Mau and artists and architects, including among others Frank Gehry, Douglas Gordon, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, and Michael Snow
.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   April 16, Wednesday

40 Years of Chicago Landmarks

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 140th anniversary, Chicago Landmarks Ordinance

Lecture by Brian Goeken, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line.

BIM Roundtable II: Empowering Information

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

Arol Wolford of Tectonic Networks, Inc. will discuss and demonstrate how BIM can empower a firm to improve both the quality and profitability of their projects. He will explain how BIM can be used to measure building performance from the early conceptual stages of a design, when choice of materials can easily be explored, as well as considering how those materials will perform. Cost estimating will be discussed as well. Tectonic Network is a company developed by the founders of Revit to create parametric content for Revit as well as add-on software to help organize this content for quick reference and use.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   April 17, Thursday

Creating Visual Appeal with Polymer Concrete Floors

12:00 - 1:30 P.M. - Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

Concrete floors are everywhere. Victor Pachade, CE (Smart Surface Technology, Inc.) will discuss current trends in concrete as floor covering and polymer concrete basics: coloring polymer concrete; installation; decorative concepts; maintainence; and present case studies.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

A City Cannot Be A Work of Art: The Role of Community Activists
in the Historic Preservation Movement

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free Event

Vince Michael, John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation and Director, Historic Preservation Program The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will lecture. In 2008 CottagesChicago celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Landmarks Ordinance. Originally envisioned to protect individual architectural landmarks, the ordinance also covers dozens of historic districts. Michael looks at the history of historic districts as a distinct phenomenon, an expression of the community planning impulse that shaped the modern historic preservation movement. Using examples from several districts, Vince illustrates how community activists seeking greater control over their environmental destiny influenced the nature and use of landmarks laws in Chicago and New York in the 1960s, 1970s and 1990s.

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.

Schedule of meetings and agendas on-line.

Tour: Trump International Hotel and Tower

5:15 - 6:30 P.M.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Design KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1 LU/HSW

Registration for this tour is closed. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

We Will Not Squander Chicago’s Great Architectural Heritage!

6:00 - 8:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Commission of Chicago Landmarks, Historic Preservation Program at the Art Institute of Chicago
Free event, seating limited.

AIA/CES 2

A panel of preservationists, moderated by Vincent L. Michael, Director of the Art Institute's Historic Preservation Program, discussing the history of preservation in Chicago and the challenges they faced. The panel will include Jonathan Fine, AIA, President, Preservation Chicago, Leonard McGee, The Gap Community Organization, Mike Shymanski, Pullman Historic Preservation Foundation, John Vinci, Vinci Hamp Architects, Inc., and Shirley Weese Young, Arlington-Deming Neighbors

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

SOM: Keith Besserud: Black Box Group: Parametric Roundtable

6:00 P.M. - Crown Hall, IIT, Lower Core, 3360 South State306090 11, Models, from Princeton Architectural Press
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by Keith Besserud and book launch for 306090 11 Models, an exploration of "the role of the architectural model today in relation tothe idea, the diagram, the technique, and the material. Models includes contributions from engineers, scientists, poets, painters, photographers, historians, urbanists, and architects both young and experienced."

Information: 312/567.3279 or on-line.

   April 18, Friday

timothy wittman :: when tradition gets radical

7:30 P.M. - Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor: Unity Temple Restoration Foundation
$20.00, $15.00 for members of the Restoration Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian Universalist tradition greatly influenced his design approach, says Timothy Wittman, Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Is the point of tradition merely to recycle the past? Or, is tradition the collective intellectual consciousness of the present? These questions and more will be entertainingly addressed by Mr. Wittman.

Information: 708/383.8873 or on-line.

   April 19, Saturday

Exelon Help to Save the Trees at Grant Park

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., Meet at Grant Park - Daley Bicentennial Plaza, 337 E. Randolph, just east of Columbus Drive
Sponsors: Grant Park Conservancy, Grant Park Advisory Council, Exelon, JPMorgan Chase


Join Exelon volunteers to help the environment and Grant Park - Chicago's front yard and the 2016 Olympics celebration central and home to the world's largest green roofs. Exelon will be bringing together employees from across northern Illinois to work in the park, the third year the company has volunteered for Grant Park as part of its environmental service activities. Over the last two years, close to 2000 trees have been planted in Grant Park with help from the Chicago Park District. We will continue this effort by mulching and caring for these trees on April 19, cleaning up the park as we go.

Information on-line or call: 312/927.6795

Chicagoland: Tearing Down its Suburban Heritage

10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Commission of Chicago Landmarks, Historic Preservation Program at the Art Institute of Chicago
$45.00, $40.00 CAF members and students with ID (includes lunch)
AIA/CES 6

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has described the Chicago region as the epicenter of teardowns. When large, modern homes replace smaller, older houses, the Chicagoland: Tearing Down Its Suburban Heritage, at the Chicago Architectural Foundationcharacter, scale, and economics of a neighborhood change. Presenters from academic, governmental, and preservation backgrounds discuss the effects—both positive and negative – of suburban Chicago’s teardown phenomenon. Robert Bruegmann, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, architectural historian, critic, author of Sprawl: A Compact History, will deliver the keynote, The Teardown in Historic Perspective. Other presentations will include, Market forces and other determinants of teardowns, Sustainability, Preservation and Teardowns, Can Tearsdown be Green, and Politics and Teardowns.

Reserve on-line. Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Ecology of Design

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.

Presenter: Michael Iversen, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ecology of Design gives participants a thorough framework with which to understand the purpose and impacts of green design. This seminar provides an overview of the principles of sustainability by examining the past, present, and future effects of civilization on the environment. Mr. Iversen will suggest an alternative to conventional design paradigms that contribute to environmental problems like pollution, resource depletion, and scarcity

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

Walking Case Study: 1316 N. Bell Ave.

1:00 - 3:00 P.M. - Pre-registration is required, space is limited. Participants meet at 1316 N. Bell Ave.
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
Free event. Registration required.

Presenter: George Sullivan, EcoSmart Building

Join developer and builder George Sullivan for an on-site tour of this high-performance, multi-family residential unit designed as a 3-star plus certified green home to achieve an Energy Star rating of 80%. This project has also been designed and built as the new residential development standard for Chicago’s 1st Ward

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   April 20, Sunday

JP Morgan Chase Green Apple Festival for Grant Park Trees

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., Meet at Grant Park - Daley Bicentennial Plaza, 337 E. Randolph, just east of Columbus Drive
Sponsors: Grant Park Conservancy, Grant Park Advisory Council, Exelon, JPMorgan Chase

Join JPMorgan Chase volunteers to help the trees in Grant Park, Chicago's front yard and home to the largest green roofs in the world. Trees will be mulched (close to 2,000 trees were planted last year), and left-over winter litter and debris picked up. Great exercise, productive and fun, it helps our trees and the environment.

Information: on-line or call 312/927.6795

   April 21, Monday

Recycling Building Materials: A Hidden Resource

12:15 - :100 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation,
Free event, seating limited. In celebration of Earth Week 2008
AIA/CES 1

Presentation by Thomas Napier, Building Materials Reuse Association, who will describe the types and magnitudes of environmental effects associated with landfill debris; deconstruction, salvage, and recycling approaches for materials' reuse; and case studies demonstrating the viability of salvage and recycling within real-world project constraints

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Sylvia Lavin

6:00 P.M. - Room 1100, Art and Architecture Building, 845 West Harrison
Sponsor: School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
Free event
Lecture by Sylvia Lavin, Professor, Department of Architecture and Urband Design UCLA, Los Angeles

Information on-line.

   April 22, Tuesday

AIA Contract Documents Software: Basics

12:00 - 1:15 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Contract Documents (national)
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.25 LU

This national webinar provides a brief introduction to the AIA Contract Documents software: highlights and tips for new users to consider as they explore the AIA’s software. Bring lunch; beverages provided.

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

High-Performance Residential Rehab: Challenging Assumptions of Sustainability on Two Recent Chicago Homes

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation,
Free event, seating limited. In celebration of Earth Week 2008
AIA/CES 1

Presentation by Dave Hampton, Owner and Principal, Echo Studio, who will discuss rehabilitating and renovating existing buildings for two very different clients required rethinking preconceived notions of sustainability. Through a collaborative design process and close attention to detailing the thermal envelope, cost-effective choices brought high-performance into the realm of possibility for the average homeowner or developer. The merits of various green building standards such as Energy Star and Chicago Green Homes will also be discussed.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Fundamentals of Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control

5:00 P.M., registration, 5:30 P.M. dinner, 6:30 P.M. presentation, Union League Club, Crystal Room, 65 W. Jackson
Sponsor: Construction Specifications Institute, Chicago Chapter
Complimentary for Chicago/Northern Illinois CSI Chapter and ALa members , $40.00 non-members
1.0 AIA/CES

The performance of any sound control design depends on how well the design and construction team can manage owner expectations, code requirements, and proper assembly of sound control assemblies in buildings. Noise is the number one complaint of both patients and staff in hospitals (J Hopkins Study) and the number two litigation issue in construction. Remediation for noise can cost up to 10 times more than if addressed in the initial design phase.

The presentation, by Dr. Brian Tinianov, PE, LEED-AP, INCE Board Certified Noise Control Expert, will cover the basics of acoustics, how sound is measured and how construction assemblies are rated. In addition, strategies of designing high performance sound control wall assemblies will be addressed from strengths to limitations. The latest technologies in sound transmission reductions will be introduced and actual drawings and on site examples will be used during the presentation.

RSVP: By Tuesday, April 15 via email or call 847/382.1924 .Information and registration on-line.

Green and Sustainable Lighting Can Change the World

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: Derry Berrigan, Derry Berrigan Lighting Design

This seminar explores lighting’s role in our energy and climate crises. Discussion will focus on techniques, product solutions, and strategies to achieve sustainable lighting. It will also include an overview of the facets of sustainable lighting, lighting and LEED, and new technologies and solutions to be used such as LED lighting, daylight harvesting, and control systems.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information.

   April 23, Wednesday

Prairie Architecture in the West Parks

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Vincent Michael, John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line.

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   April 24, Thursday

SEAOI Annual Bridge Symposium

7:30 A.M. (registration) through 5:00 P.M., Maggiano’s Little Italy, 111 W. Grand Ave.
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
$225.00 members, $300.00 non-members thrpough April 17, $275.00/$350.00 after
7.5 CE

The Bridge Symposium, held annually since 2004, gives bridge engineers a forum to share Structural Engineers of Illinois Bridge Symposium 2008analysis, design, and construction information from recent projects with unique and/or distinguishing design characteristics. The symposium comprises a single session with breakfast and lunch. The session includes approximately 15 presentations, including a keynote by Stoyan Stoyanoff, RWDI Group, Inc., Advanced Studies of Wind and Pedestrian-Induced Vibration on Bridges.

Symposium schedule of events and registration form on-line. Information, call 312/726.4165 ext. 301

Below the Radar Screen - The Growing Latino Market in Metro Chicago

7:45 A.M. registration, 8:15 A.M. news update and program , Crystal Room, Union League Club 65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Sponsor: ULI Chicago Young Leaders Group
$40.00 members, $50.00 non-members, $10.00 student

The rapidly growing Latino market in the Chicago metro area, 75% of which is second and third generation, represents a built-in development opportunity that few have recognized. Hipolito “Paul” Roldan, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, will provide an overview of Latino neighborhoods and historical evolution of the Latino Community. Sylvia Puente, the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will provide demographic background on Latino growth. Eric Salcido, of Los Angeles-based Primestor, will present Plaza 26, a proposed 42-acre mixed-use (retail and housing) development being planned at 26th & Kostner in Little Village.

Register on-line for this event (through April 22). Information on-line

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple: Going Green at 100

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation,
Free event, seating limited. In celebration of Earth Week 2008
AIA/CES 1

Presentation by Emily Roth, Executive Director, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF). UTRF’s Go Green Energy Initiative is a crucial step to ensure the continued preservation of a global architectural treasure. Employing a ground loop-exchange system supported by a well-field of twenty 300-400 hundred foot deep shafts, this innovative project will reduce the building’s energy requirements by 50% over traditional methods and consume 60-70% less power overall

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Friends of Downtown Awards Night

5:30 P.M. cocktails, 6:15 P.M. Program - Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington,
Sponsor:
Friends of Downtown
Free event for Friends of Downtown members, $35.00 for non-members includes membership

Friends of Downtown Annual Awards Night. The awards recognize outstanding achievements that promote downtown and help make it the well-designed, vibrant, economic heart of the city.

Information: 312/458.9454. Information and purchase tickets on-line

David Adjaye: Glue

6:00 P.M. - Crown Hall, IIT, Lower Core, 3360 South State
Sponsor: College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
Free event

Lecture by David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye/Associates London

Information: 312/567.3279 or on-line.

Introduction to ARE and Licensing in Illinois

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. - UIC, Art and Architecture Building, 845 W. Harrison St., #1100
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, UIC
Free event
1.5 LU

Get ready for the Architect Registration Examination. Learn how to register, study for, and take the exam - and the major change in the exam's organization coming in July. Speakers will include Kekku Lehtonen, AIA, NCARB; Richard Cook, FAIA, from the Illinois Architecture Licensing Board; and an architect who recently passed the exam. Frank Heitzman, AIA, will answer IDP questions, and Mike Newman will outline UIC’s summer-long ARE review class

Register for this event. Information: 312/670.7770

   April 25, Friday

Michigan Avenue Fish Hotel: Model Urban Habitat

12:15 - :100 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation,
Free event, seating limited. In celebration of Earth Week 2008
AIA/CES 1

Presentation by Ernesto Huaracha, WRD Environmental. With sides of concrete and steel, and a parade of boat traffic, the main stem of the Chicago River hasn't been the most hospitable to fish and other aquatic animals. Friends of the Chicago River and the City of Chicago set out to change that and retained WRD Environmental to create an award-winning, sustainable, floating aquatic habitat for downtown Chicago.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

David Adjaye: Making Public Spaces

5:00 P.M., reception, - 5:30 P.M., lecture, Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn, Plaza Level
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationDavid Adjaye, Principal Director, Adjaye Associates, London
$15.00, $10.00 CAF members and students with valid I.D.
AIA/CES 1

David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, Principal Director, Adjaye Associates, London, England, is among the most sought-after architects of his generation. His designs emphasize the experience and functionality of architecture. Adjaye explores scale, space, light, and material without adopting a signature style. In his lecture, Adjaye focuses on his engagement with public space.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921

7:00 P .M. - Glessner House Museum, 1800 South Prairie Avenue
Sponsor: Glessner House MuseumGreat Houses of Chicago 1871 - 1921, by Susan Benjamin and Stuart Cohen
$15.00, $10.00 for members

Co-authors Susan Benjamin and Stuart Cohen will present a look at their new book, Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921, which features an in-depth look at 34 of Chicago's greatest houses designed by such architectural luminaries as David Adler, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Glessner House is featured as well. Their presentation will include stunning restored archival photographs and more. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Information: online or call 312/326.1480

   April 26, Saturday

Rebuilding Together - Metro Chicago

7:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. - mystery bus meeting location to be determined
Sponsor: AIA Chicago, UIC
Free event

Once again, AIA Chicago will be participating in Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve affordable housing by bringing volunteers and communities together to rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners, especially the disabled and elderly. This year, the homes are in Markham. Holly Genc, AIA, is leading our team

To partipate, e-mail Holly Genc. Information: 312/670.7770 or on-linea>

   April 29, Tuesday

Archeworks Publication Party: The Archeworks Papers, Vol 1., Number 5, plus Passing the Baton: The Next Generation of Design Leadership in Chicago

6:00 P.M. - Archeworks, 625 North Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free Event

Join authors from The Archeworks Papers as they discuss Bruce Mau’s essay “Now That We Can Do Anything, What Will We Do?” along with the symposium panelists from the Passing the Baton event that was held in January 2008. Copies of The Archeworks Papers and the Passing the Baton symposium transcripts will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Register for this event, or call 312/867.7254. Information: on-line.

Blair Kamin: Icon + Type

6:30 P.M. - I-Space Gallery, 230 West Superior
Sponsor: Chicago Architectural Club
Free Event

This event is for members and those wishing to become members. For information on membership, please click here.

Information: on-line.

   April 30, Wednesday

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

12:00 P.M. , Millennium Room, Chicago Cultural Center
Sponsor: University of Chicago Press, Mayor's Office of Special Events
Chicago's Urban Nature, by Sally A. Kitt Chappell Free event.

Sally A. Kitt Chappell, will read from her book Chicago’s Urban Nature: A Guide to the City’s Architecture and Landscape. Professor Emerita of art and architectural history at DePaul University, Chappell’s latest book was called “a tactile and visual pleasure” by Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Information: 312/744.3315 or on-line.

Global Environmental Context

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Masdar Headquarters, Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

lecture by Jonathan Orlove, Senior Director, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line.

Chicago Preservation: Beyond the Aesthetics of Eclipse

6:00 - 7:30 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor:
Chicago Architecture Foundation
$15.00, $10.00 CAF members and students with ID
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Daniel Bluestone, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Preservation Certificate, University of Virginia School of Architecture, who will discuss the changing place of history and preservation in the development of Chicago architecture and urbanism.

Reserve on-line. Information: 312/922.3432 x 252 or on-line

ARE Study Hall

6:00 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

ARE and LEED study materials are available in an unstructured setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

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

6:30 P.M., Access Living, 115 West Chicago
Sponsor: University of Chicago Press, Mayor's Office of Special Events
Free event.

AIA/CES 1

Sally A. Kitt Chappell, will read from her book Chicago’s Urban Nature: A Guide to the City’s Architecture and Landscape. Professor Emerita of art and architectural history at DePaul University, Chappell’s latest book was called “a tactile and visual pleasure” by Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Information: 312/744.3315 or on-line.