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   December 2, Tuesday

Sustainment, Architecture & the City: Designing from the Future to the Present

7:30 - 9:30 A.M. - John Hancock Center Observatory
Sponsors: Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance, New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce
$24.01 members, $39.01 non-members. Includes breakfast catered by Wolfgang Puck

A Sustainable Breakfast Briefing featuring renowned ‘green’ designer, Tony Fry, discussing the questions: What is Design Futuring? How is climate change affecting urban design? What do corporations need to know about sustainable design? What are the current global trends? The event will also include an Australian Innovation Showcase featuring leading technologies and solutions coming from Australian innovators in green building and green design.

Pre-registration (required) online. Information: on-line.

SEPAC/SEAOI Dinner Meeting featuring Julie Hamos

5:15 P.M., cash bar, 6:00 P.M.,dinner, 7:00 P.M., the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
$45.00 members, $65.00 non-members

Julie Hamos was elected as the State Representative of the 18th District in 1998. She is Illinois State Representative Julie Hamos speaks at December 2nd SEAOI dinner meetingcurrently serving as Chair of the Mass Transit Committee. She was previously Chair of the Housing and Urban Development Committee and Chair of the House Aviation Committee. Julie also has been appointed to the Governor's Illinois Housing Task Force, Child Support Advisory Committee, the Interagency Council on Early Intervention, the Legislative Audit Commission, and the Illinois Workforce Investment Board.

Reservations: call 312/726.4165 x200 extension 200. Information on-line.

Net Zero Energy Homes

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: Mark Burger, Kestrel Development Company

A collaborative endeavor between Kestrel Real Estate Holdings, LLC, Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., the City of Rockford and Winnebago County, Zero Net Energy homes are coming to Rockford, IL. These homes are designed to generate enough energy from solar power needed to provide basic heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, appliances, and plug load for a family, with utility costs expected to range from $300-400 per year. Homes will achieve energy efficiency standards in excess of Energy Star and will aim for Platinum rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED criteria, employing several other green technologies such as low VOC paints and finishes, controlled ventilation, day lighting and geothermal for heating and cooling. With the growing cost of energy and the current housing crisis, these homes are a model for long term stability and comfort for homeowners

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.

Pecha Kucha Chicago - volume 7

doors open 6 :00 P.M., begins 8:00 P.M.-ish - Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago
$10.00

The seventh Chicago installment of the artists' presentation event where, in the words of The Architects Newspaper , they present "their work in some depth but at a comically breakneck Pecha Kucha Volume 7, December 2nd at Martyr'space—20 slides, 20 seconds each—while the audience heckles and drowns its sorrows."
Volume 4 alum's Kate Hill and Peter Exley will introduce a fantastic, festive group who will delight for more than 6 minutes, but less than seven. Some of them are photographers, some are artists or architects, at least one is from Milwaukee, one definitely likes robots and every last one of them loves Pecha Kucha Night. In alphabetical order: Derek Erdman, Arnold Kasemsarn, Dr Josh Kurutz, Kate Lorenz, Jean Lisner, Jon Mueller, Charlotte Nelms, Jim Newberry, Ryan Schultz, Kathy Weaver

Tickets can be purchased on-line. Information on-line.

   December 3 , Wednesday

Shanghai: The Architecture of China’s Great Urban Center

12:15 - 1:00 John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationShanghai: The Architecture of China's Great urban Center, book by Jay Pridmore and lecture at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Eric R. Multhauf lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

AIA/CES 1

Author Jay Pridmore will discuss his book, Shanghai: The Architecture of China's Great Urban Center. From early 20th century Beaux Arts palaces to today’s modern skyscrapers, Pridmore presents an illustrated history of Shanghai architecture. Shanghai’s built environment provides brilliant insight into a country once degraded by the West, which is now poised to overtake America and Europe as the world’s economic superpower.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

New Ways of Doing Business: IPD and BIM Documents

12:30 - 2:00 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

Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling will advance integration of design and construction processes, allowing greater predictability of project outcomes. This demands more collaboration between all parties much earlier in the process – a significant cultural change for the design and construction industry. In response to increasing owner demand, architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, and specialty disciplines are forming more strategic alliances and working in new and innovative ways. Hear from Steven Weiss, FAIA (Weiss Architects) and member of the AIA Documents Committee, how the new IPD documents provide two levels of design and construction integration.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

Friends of Downtown Annual Meeting

5:30 - 8:00 P.M., program begins at 6:00 P.M., Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, 1104 South Wabash, 8th Floor
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown.
Free event for members, memberships can obtained at the door.

Join Friends of Downtown for an evening of light appetizers, drinks and discussion. One hundred years after the Plan of Chicago was published, downtown Chicago is a much different place than Daniel Burnham imagined -- though benefits and visions from his plan endure. Join the Friends of Downtown during its annual meeting to discuss if and how urban planning can work in the 21st Century. The evening features three experts on planning and development as they review the successes, failures, and potential future legacies of the Burnham Plan, followed by a group discussion.

  • Past: Dennis McClendon
  • Present: Alderman Brendan Reilly
  • Future: Frank Beal, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolis 2020
  • Moderator: Peter Kindel

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

New Social Housing in Madrid

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

Iker Gil, director of MAS studio, adjunct professor at UIC School of Architecture, and designer in the Urban Design and Planning Studio at SOM, will showcase new social housing Mirador Housing Tower, Madrid, MVRDV, architectsdevelopments in Madrid. Commissioned by Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda (Madrid Municipal Housing Corporation), these developments are designed by renowned architecture offices such as MVRDV, David Chipperfield, Morphosis, Wiel Arets, Nieto-Sobejano, and Sancho-Madridejos. They experiment with new types of social interaction, and some have already became local landmarks. Iker is the editor of the forthcoming Shanghai Transforming (Actar), the content of which will be exhibited at Chicago Architecture Foundation this fall.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line. (Note: registration for this event is now closed.)

LEED Extra Credit: Regionalization and LEED

5:30 -8:00 P.M. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology,
$10.00 USGBC members, $15.00 non-members. Registration required.
AIA/CES: 2

Presenter: John Albrecht, Nelson

Gain insight into the various changes coming to LEED 2009, including the addition of regional bonus credits. LEED 2009 is being launched shortly with a new improved rating system. One major improvement in LEED 2009 is the opportunity for every project to obtain 4 bonus points above and beyond the 100 points already available from LEED. This session will general information on LEED 2009 and more specifically how LEED bonus credits were formulated, the regional issues that each credit addresses and what is next as LED continues to advance. LEED regionalism is part of the 5-year USGBC Strategic Plan which will also be briefly explained. Panelists will include individuals from the Illinois Regionalization Task Team.

Registration and information on-line.

Architecture in a Nutshell: Miniature Rooms and Doll Houses

6:00 - 6:45 P.M., doll house viewing, 7:00 P.M., program, Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue (Use coach house entrance on 19th)
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$15.00, $10.00 for museum members . RSVP by November 30th

A look at the history of miniature rooms and doll houses with a Prairie Avenue connection. Bill Architecture in a Nutshell, Miniature Rooms and Doll Houses, event at the Glessner House Museum, December 3, 2008Tyre will begin the program with a presentation on the 150-year-old Leonidas V. Badger doll house on permanent display at the Clarke House Museum. The Clarke House will be open from 6:00-6:45 P.M. this evening so that attendees can see the doll house prior to the program. The program will continue with a fascinating talk by Sally Sexton Kalmbach, an expert on Mrs. James Ward Thorne and her famous miniature rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. To conclude, Bill Tyre will lead a discussion on Frances Glessner Lee and her national-recognized Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, miniature rooms depicting crime scenes in exacting detail. Wine and birthday cake celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Badger doll house will be served.

RSVP by November 30th at 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago: Creating the World’s Tallest Children’s HospitalChildren's Memorial Hospital, Chicago

6:00 P.M. - Bigler Auditorium, Children’s Memorial Hospital, 2300 Children’s Plaza, Fullerton and Lincoln
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Healthcare KC
Free for AIA members; $15.00 non-members
1.5 LU/HSW

A new children's hospital is coming to the Near North Side to replace this Lincoln Park facility. Bruce Komiske, Chief of New Hospital Design and Construction, as well as members of the architectural team will discuss the challenge of designing a vertical hospital and utilizing community partnerships to create child- and family-friendly environments. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

   December 4 , Thursday

Friends of Downtown Post Election Analysis with Dick Kay

12:15 P.M., Chicago Cultural Center, Washington and Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown.
Free event.

Dick Kay, former NBC 5 News political editor/commentator and long-time Chicago political expert will give a recap on the election results and how they may (or may not) affect Chicago. Please join us for what should be an insightful discussion about elections, politics and how they affect our great city.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Geothermal Systems for the Home

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free Event. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by
Tony Bozhilov, Geothermal House

Modern geothermal systems use the constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool homes, potentially eliminating the need to burn fossil fuels. This program covers the design and installation of the geothermal-HVAC system and homeowners benefits.

No RSVP required, but arrive early, as seating is limited. Information: 312.922.3432 x224 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.

AIA/Chicago Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

5:30 - 8:30 P.M. - Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 610 S. Michigan Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$25.00 for AIA members; $35.00 non-members

Celebrate the season, honor the winners of AIA/Chicago's Professional Excellence Awards, long-time and newly-licensed members, and see the inside of this award-winning new building. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served
.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide

6:00 P.M. - Newberry Library, 60 West WaltonChicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Hisotircal Guide, book by Ann Durkin Keating, with lecture and book signing December 4th at the Newberry Library
Sponsor: Newberry Library
Free event

Lecture and book-signing by Ann Durkin Keating, Professor of History and Chairperson of History at North Central College, and author of Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide,
From the South Side to the West Side to the North Sid, just about every local knows how distinctive Chicago's neighborhoods are. Few of us, however, know exactly how they came to be. Keating will shed new light on twenty-first-century Chicago.

Information: 312/255.3700 and on-line.

   December 9, Tuesday

300 N. LaSalle

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan 300 North LaSalle , Chicago, Gerald D. Hines Interests
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free Event. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by
Scott Timcoe, Vice President of Construction, Hines Interests. Located on the Chicago River’s north bank, 300 North LaSalle is scheduled for completion in March 2009. LEED Gold pre-certified, it uses river water to cool the building and features a half-acre sunlit waterfront garden with access to the river’s edge.

No RSVP required, but arrive early, as seating is limited. 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.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line.

CSI Chicago Chapter Holiday Party and Benefit for Habitat for Humanity

5:30 - 7:30 P.M., Rumba Room, 351 West Hubbard
Sponsor: Chicago Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute
$30.00 per person

CSI has reserved a semi-private area in this popular River North spot for the traditional Holiday Party—this time with a Latin flair. As we as gather with colleagues and guests for food and fun, there will be a raffle to benefit construction of homes for the needy in Chicago land. Rumba’s exotic ambience is reminiscent of a 1940’s supper club in Havana. With background music of samba, salsa and Latin jazz, there will be a cash bar and appetizer buffet with new tastes and flavors to satisfy your creative side

Register on-line. 847/382.1924, by October 21. Information 847/382.1924 or on-line.

   December 10 , Wednesday

Film Screening: John Holabird: A Lifetime of Service

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.
John Holabird:
AIA/CES 1

This film, produced and directed by Karen Carter, explores the life of John A. Holabird, Jr., third generation architect and grandson of William Holabird, founder of Holabird and Roche (later Holabird and Root). It traces his childhood, education at Harvard, military adventures and architectural career. Now 88 years old, John is a true renaissance man who continues to inspire others.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

   December 11, Thursday

The Rise of the Magnificent Mile - lecture and book signing

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free Event. (Please arrive early; seating is limited)Rise of the Magnificent Mile, by Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors, lecture and book-signing at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
AIA/CES 1

The Rise of The Magnificent Mile, co-authored by Eric Bronsky and Neal Samors, provides a collection of vibrant, personal stories behind the development of North Michigan Avenue. This richly-illustrated book documents a forever-changing avenue—from its beginning as a dirt road with a few wooden houses to its current status as a major avenue in a world-class city.

No RSVP required, but arrive early, as seating is limited. Information: 312.922.3432 x224 or on-line.

City in a [community] Garden: How to Garden in Your Neighborhood

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

Are you looking to satisfy your green thumb but skeptical about finding gardening opportunities NeighborSpacein the city? You don’t need to have your own yard to garden. Chicago is home to many inclusive, neighborhood gardening projects that want to provide all the city’s residents a chance to tend their own vegetables and flowers. While throwing “seed bombs” into cyclone-fenced derelict lots is one approach to greening our city, the Chicago Park District and Neighborspace, Chicago's land trust for community gardens, will tell you about a variety of opportunities to get involved in hundreds of existing gardens or to transform underused patches of grass in your neighborhood to vibrant, productive gardens.

Information: 312/857.2757  or on-line

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers 121 N. LaSalle Street
Open to the public

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

AIA/Chicago Young Architects Forum/IMI Holiday Party

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - Hard Rock Café, 63 W. Ontario Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum and the International Masonry Institute
Free event - registration required

Celebrate another successful year for the YAF at their annual holiday party, sponsored by the International Masonry Institute. Representatives from the BAC District Council Plasterers will be leading hands-on ornamental plastering activities. Bring a friend - AIA membership is not required - but advance registration is essential.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

The Calumet Region: Coexistence of Nature, Industry, & Community for a Sustainable Future

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: Jerry Attere, Chicago Department of Environment

The Calumet region was once an area with the largest wetland complexes in North America. However, after decades of heavy industry and extensive filling of wetlands, many areas are now very degraded and considered Brownfield sites, in serious need of rehabilitation for private or public reuse or for the creation of open space. Join the Chicago Department of Environment as we revisit the historical significance of the region which helped to make Chicago what it is
today and learn about the City’s efforts to transform the region from an industrial wasteland to a natural haven, while shedding light on the coexistence of nature, industry, and community.

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.

   December 12, Friday

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , 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.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 13, Saturday

Historic Holidays, Holiday Bazaar, Candlelight Tours on Prairie Avenue

Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue (use south entrance)
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum

A series of holiday events:

12:00 - 7:00 P.M. , Holiday Bazaar (free) - buy small hand-crafted gift items from the artisans who made them, as well as collectibles and antiques. Selections will include unique jewelry, candy, soaps, and many other items.

1:00 - 4:00 P.M., Historic Holidays,
$10.00 per child, $2.00 per adult; museum members, $8.00 per child) - Adults and children can take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, then spend the Christmas holidays at Glessner House Museum, Chicagoafternoon in the Clarke and Glessner House Museums, where they will be surrounded by period holiday decorations while they make holiday crafts, play Victorian parlor games, listen to stories, and visit with Santa Claus. Light refreshments will be included.

5:30, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 P.M., candlelight tours of Clarke and Glessner House Museum, ($18.00 per person, $14.00 children 8 to 12; museum members $14.00 per person, $10.00 children 8 to 12) - 90-minute docent led tours of the Clarke and Glessner House Museums will highlight the holiday customs and decorations of earlier eras. Learn about the origins of the Christmas tree, and how it evolved from a small table-top version into large trees covered with paper and glass ornaments. Hear about the types of decorations used throughout the house including holly and mistletoe, and learn about the toys and gifts that would be exchanged. Lastly, explore the extensive eight-course Christmas feast, taken directly from Frances Glessner's personal menu book, that features everything from oysters on the half shell to plum pudding.

Information 312/326.1480 and on-line.

Antonio Gaudi

3:15, 4:45, 6:15 and 7:45 P.M. - 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing 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. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 14, Sunday

Holiday Bazaar and Candlelight Tours on Prairie Avenue

Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue (use south entrance)
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum

A series of holiday events:

12:00 - 7:00 P.M. , Holiday Bazaar (free) - buy small hand-crafted gift items from the artisans who made them, as well as collectibles and antiques. Selections will include unique jewelry, candy, soaps, and many other items.

5:30, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 P.M., candlelight tours of Clarke and Glessner House Museum, ($18.00 per person, $14.00 children 8 to 12; museum members $14.00 per person, $10.00 children 8 to 12) - 90-minute docent led tours of the Clarke and Glessner House Museums will highlight the holiday customs and decorations of earlier eras. Learn about the origins of the Christmas tree, and how it evolved from a small table-top version into large trees covered with paper and glass ornaments. Hear about the types of decorations used throughout the house including holly and mistletoe, and learn about the toys and gifts that would be exchanged. Lastly, explore the extensive eight-course Christmas feast, taken directly from Frances Glessner's personal menu book, that features everything from oysters on the half shell to plum pudding.

Information 312/326.1480 and on-line.

Antonio Gaudi

3:15 and 4:45 P.M. - 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing 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. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 15, Monday

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 P.M. - 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing 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. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 16, Tuesday

Chicago Architecture: 1885 to Today - lecture and book signing

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture FoundationChicago Architecture 1885 to Today, by Edward Keegan, lecture and book signing at the Chicago Architecture
Free Event. (Please arrive early; seating is limited)
AIA/CES 1

Written by Edward Keegan with a foreword by CAF President & CEO, Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture: 1885 to Today features 42 in-depth analyses of architectural works in Chicago. Both a guide for visitors and a valuable reference for architecture enthusiasts, Chicago Architecture includes works by architectural icons such as Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP.

No RSVP required, but arrive early, as seating is limited. Information: 312.922.3432 x224 or on-line.

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 P.M. - 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing 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. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 17, Wednesday

Preservation Challenges of Modernism at Naval Station Great Lakes

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.
Gunners Mate School, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, architects, subject of lecture by Landmarks Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Lisa DiChiera, Director of Advocacy, Landmarks Illinois. Until three years ago, little of Naval Station Great Lakes’ modern architectural heritage was known until Navy officials announced plans to demolish two significant mid-century buildings by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP. DiChiera discusses the fate of these structures and the measures being taken to identify other potentially significant buildings on the base

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 or on-line

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 P.M. - 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing 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. See December 14th listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2600

   December 18 , Thursday

Chicago's Urban Nature: The Legacy of Daniel Burnham

12:00 - 1:00 PM - DePaul University., Chaddick Institute; 243 S. Wabash, Suite 9000
Sponsor: DePaul University, Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan DevelopmentChicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the City's Architecture and Landscape, by Sally A. Kitt Chappell
Free event: Bring your lunch; soft drinks provided

Lecture by Sally A. Kitt Chappell, Architectural Historian and author of Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the City's Architecture + Landscape, and Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, 1912-1936: Transforming Tradition. One of a continuing series of Third Thursdays with Burnham & Bennett lectures.

Information: On-line RSVP: email Elizabeth Wilp

Are We Ready to Landmark Goldberg Buildings?

12:15 - 1:00 PM - Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 West RandolphMarina City, Chicago, Bertrand Goldberg, architect, Landmarks Illinois December 18, 2008 Preservatio Snapshots lecture by Joseph Rosa
Sponsor: Landmarks Illinois
Free Event

Modernist architect Bertrand Goldberg, who designed iconic buildings in Chicago and nationwide, including Chicago’s Marina City and Prentice Women’s Hospital, is yet to have one of his buildings protected by local landmark designation in Chicago. As the city studies possible designation of Marina City, others remain vulnerable. Joseph Rosa, the John H. Bryan Curatorial Chair of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss the importance of Goldberg’s cutting edge buildings and their relevance today.

Information: On-line or call 312/922.1742

Archeworks Semester Final Critique and Review

5:30 P.M. - cocktail reception, 6:30 P.M., critique, Archeworks, 625 North Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free Event.

Semester Final Critique and Project Review at Archeworks, Chicago’s alternative design school. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception marking the opening of the Archeworks Gallery. Archeworks students will discuss their projects and report on research and developments to date. Projects include:

Pocket Parks - The 100,000 residents of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood have access to only 25 square feet of public open space each - 28% of the City of Chicago's minimum standard. Archeworks students are collaborating with Enlace Chicago and Little Village community members to address this issue by creating a series of "pocket" parks in the neighborhood.
Chicago 2016 - The City has grand plans to transform its public spaces for the Olympics, but what happens to Chicago's historic community parks after 2016? Archeworks students teamed with architecture and landscape architecture students from IIT to develop innovative plans for the stewardship of six of Chicago's major green spaces and their communities.
Water Pressures - Every day, women in India collectively walk the distance equivalent to 1,000 trips to the moon and back to get water for their families. Archeworks has partnered with artistic circles, the award-winning Chicago nonprofit, to raise awareness of this and other water scarcity and pollution crises worldwide.

Information: on-line.

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 P.M. - 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 what's becoming an annual holiday tradition , the Film Center is again showing 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. See December 14th listing for details.

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Planning for the Southwest Corner of Grant Park: public input

6:30 P.M. - Daley Bicentennial Plaza Fieldhouse, 337 E. Randolph, just east of Columbus Drive
Sponsor: Grant Park Conservancy, Grant Park Advisory Council
Free event

EDAW and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are working with the Grant Park Grant Park at Roosevelt Road, ChicagoConservancy and Advisory Council and Chicago Park District to design a world-class, sustainable park at the southeast corner of Grant Park at Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue (east of the Agora sculptures to Columbus Drive) where the railroad tracks and huge empty railroad beds are now. The planners and architects will be making a presentation. Public input will contribute to what could be the most innovative and green park in the country.

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