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   November 30 , Monday

EUREKA! Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus Curriculum

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 7th floor
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute,
Free event

Ronald Jones, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Konstfack, University College of Art, Stockholm will discuss how creative decision making nearly always produces an interdisciplinary mapping of ideas in the brain as you come to a "breakthrough and creative" decision. This talk looks at Moholy-Nagy's pedagogical diagram as Jones considers how artists think creatively.

One of a series of gallery talks and round-table panel conversations on the artworks and salient themes echoed through SAIC's exhibition, Learning Modern.

Information on-line.

 

   December 1, Tuesday

SEAOI Open House benefiting Metropolitan Family Services

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 134 N. LaSalle, Suite 1910
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,

DROP OFF! construction-based toys (or a check made out to Metropolitan Family Services) for underprivileged children! Toys should not be wrapped.
SEE! the SEAOI office
SIT IN! on an SEAOI board meeting at 12:15 p.m., (please contact the SEAOI offices to make arrangements)
RECEIVE! a free copy of Award Winning Structures when you bring in a gift.
ENJOY! refreshments and share your ideas for SEAOI.

Information on-line.

The TVA Dam Failure featuring Bill Walton, P.E., S.E.

5:15p.m., cash bar, 6:00 p.m., dinner, 7:00 p.m., lecture. Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$45.00 members, $85.00 non-members, advance reservations required.

On December 22, 2008, an earthen dam failed at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Coal Plant near Knoxville, Tennessee. The dam formed a portion of the Bill Walton of AECOM to lecture the TVA Dam Failure for the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois at the Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, December 2, 2009containment for a 40-acre waste pond used to dewater fly ash, and the failure caused the loss of approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash slurry over approximately 300 acres downstream from the plant. AECOM’s Bill Walton was retained by the TVA to investigate the cause of the failure and to report these findings to public officials. Mr. Walton will explain the methodology used to determine the proximate cause of failure, and will also discuss the politics of defending the results of this work against other engineering teams hired by other interested parties.

RSVP: to Donna Childs at call 312/726.4165 x200 extension 200 or via email. Information on-line.

Weather Architecture: Submitting to the SeasonsJonathan Hill of the Bartlett School lectures on Weather Architecture: Submitting to the Seasons, at the Art Institute of Chicago, December 1, 2009

6:00 p.m. - Fullerton Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicago, 116 S. Michigan
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute,
Free event

Lecture by Jonathan Hill, Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Information on-line.

Pecha Kucha Chicago - volume 12

Doors open 6 :00 P.M., begins 8:00 P.M.-ish - Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue
Sponsor: Pecha Kucha Night Chicago
$10.00 (21 and over only)

PechaKucha Night brings prominent and emerging creative minds together for an evening of lightning-fast presentations, networking and fun. The Pecha Kucha format, where a Pecha Kucha Chicago volume 12 at Martyr's, December 1, 2009dozen or so presenters are given 20 slides each shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations, is now held in over 230 cities around the world. Chicago events are among the most popular, with over 250 people in attendance at each event.

Chicago’s Volume 12 features 6 minutes and 40 seconds seconds each of musician/photographer/artist and writer Michael Jackson, SAIC professor and architect Garret Eakin, PechaKucha organizers, Michael Christoff and Raseem Parker, large-haired Zak Baker, artist and friend Maria Scilepi, writer Lara Brown, architect Katherine Darnstadt, young architects forum chair Matt Dumich, architect Larry Kearns, and fantastic person Linda Jackson. Peter Exley and Jean Linsner will emce, with a musical encore featuring Bangers & Mash.

Charge by phone: 800.585,8499, Tickets can be purchased on-line. Information on-line.

Living Architecture: Green Roofs, Living Walls and Architectural Ecosystems

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.

Presentation by David Zeunert, David Zeunert & Associates and Kevin Crist,
Intrinsic Landscaping

Do your clients seek “Living Architecture”? Presented by holistic architect David Zeunert and living architecture contractor Kevin Crist, this seminar encourages architects to design living ecosystems that embrace architecture elements. This seminar will enlighten on historical progression, technological development, materials, waterproofing systems, green roof assemblies, plant selection, water features, cost, and benefits. There will be actual live plants and green roof assembly components for “hands on” experience.

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 2, Wednesday

SEAOI Open House benefiting Metropolitan Family Services

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 134 N. LaSalle, Suite 1910
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,

DROP OFF! construction-based toys (or a check made out to Metropolitan Family Services) for underprivileged children! Toys should not be wrapped.
SEE! the SEAOI office
RECEIVE! a free copy of Award Winning Structures when you bring in a gift.
ENJOY! refreshments and share your ideas for SEAOI.

Information on-line.

Louis Sullivan and Louis Armstrong: Jazz, Architecture and American Culture

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Frank Youngwerth lectures on Louis Sullivan and Louis Armstrong at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, December 2, 2009
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Frank Youngwerth, musician, historian and CAF docent, creator of the “Louis Sullivan Lost and Found” walking tou
r

Beyond designing great buildings, Louis Sullivan expressed a vision in which America would fulfill its democratic promise through the cultivation of its own art forms. An individual who successfully carried out this vision is jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. This illustrated talk with musical examples considers the fascinating lives and works of each Louis as he relates to the other.

Information on-line or call 312.922.3432 x224

Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter Annual Show & Tell & Dinner

5:30 p.m., cocktails (cash bar), 6:30 p.m., dinner, 8:00 p.m., program - The Cliff Dwellers Club., 22nd floor, 200 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians
$45.00 members, $49.00 non-members. RSVP by November 28.

Billed as the Karaoke of Architectural History, the schedule already includes Keith Bringe on The Reed Archive of Pratt's Photo's in Japan & China, 1920-1925; Henry Kuehn on Graves of Architects; Betty Green on Architecture in East Germany; Paulina Saliga on Digital Research: Charnley family Secrets and Other Marvels; and Maurice Champagne on Sullivan's Jewel Box Banks.

Registration form: on-line. For more information, contact Bill Locke at 312/932.9790

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting. You're also welcome to study any time the office is open. Note: if no one shows up to study by 6:30 p.m., the office will be closed. (So if that's you banging on the door at 6:45, please stop.)

Information: 312/670.7770

YAF/IMI Holiday Ornament Party

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Hard Rock Cafe, 63 West Ontario Street
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum, International Masonry Institute
Free event - currently taking names for waiting list

Join the International Masonry Institute and AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum, along with co-sponsors Terrazzo & Marble Supply and Dryvit Systems, Inc., for this annual event celebrating Chicago's tradition of ornamental plastering - with a holiday theme! Cast your own plaster ornament with the help of BAC journeyman plasterers and IMI plastering instructors. View demonstrations of different plastering techniques and case studies of Chicago-area plastering projects. There will be a cash bar; appetizers will be provided by our host, IMI.

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

How to Choose the Right Architect

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. -True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, 6720 S. Stewart Ave
Sponsor: Partners for Sacred Places Chicago
Free event - registration requested by November 30th

George Halik of Booth Hansen will offer a presentation that will cover

  • The Selection Process – Research, Proposals, Interviews
  • The Architect’s Qualifications – What is most important?
  • Compensation - How Fees are structured
  • The Interview process
  • What makes a successful Partnership: The Architect’s and the Client’s Role in the Design/Construction Process

There will be ample time for Q&A.

RSVP by November 30th via email. Information: 866/786.1394 or on-line.

The Joy Garden at Northside College Preparatory High

7:00 P.M. - Lincoln Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1150 W. Fullerton Sponsor: Urban Habitat Chicago
Free event. Space limited, registration requested.

Speakers include the garden's creators, Mike Repkin and Nick Petty, masters of making something out of nothing, as well as several of the incredibly dedicated students that made iThe Joy Graden at Northside College Preparatory High to be discussed at Urban Habitat Chicago event at Lincoln Park Public Library, December 2, 2009t their masterpiece. UHC's Nicholas Petty and Michael Repkin will present their ground-breaking year-long experience of turning a quarter-acre of brownfield (a former salt-storage facility) into a productive, connective landscape. Designed with an emphasis on accessibility for special-needs students, it also provides an ecological learning laboratory for all students, while producing food, wildlife habitat, and beauty. The success of the garden illustrates not only the power of nature, but that of good design, based on three pillars: community, ecology, and aesthetic delight.

Register on-line. Information on-line.

   December 3 , Thursday

SEAOI Open House benefiting Metropolitan Family Services

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, 134 N. LaSalle, Suite 1910
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,

DROP OFF! construction-based toys (or a check made out to Metropolitan Family Services) for underprivileged children! Toys should not be wrapped.
SEE! the SEAOI office
RECEIVE! a free copy of Award Winning Structures when you bring in a gift.
ENJOY! refreshments and share your ideas for SEAOI.

Information on-line.

New Ronald McDonald House

12:15 P.M., Millennium Room, 5th floor east, Chicago Cultural Center, Washington and Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown. new Ronald McDonald House in Chicago discussed at Friends of Downtown event December 3, 2009
Free event.

R
onald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) will build the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world at 211 East Grand Ave., near the new downtown campus of Children's Memorial Hospital located on East Chicago Avenue. The new Ronald McDonald House will provide a temporary residence for families of children being treated at Streeterville hospitals. It will be fifteen stories tall, with 86 guest rooms, three floors of shared communal space and a rooftop garden. Doug Porter, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Joe Antunovich, President of Antunovich Associates and Al Novickas, Principal at Antunovich Associates.

Information: 312/458.9454 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.

LEED Extra Credit: Serving LEED Projects from
District Energy Systems

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology, United States Green Building Council
$10.00 USGBC members, $15.00 non-members
AIA/CES 2

Moderator: David Eldridge, Grumman/Bucks Associates

Review and discuss the changes to the certification process and potential impacts to EA credits when a project may be served from a district energy system or utility. The scope of the DES modifications to the certification process includes serving additions from existing central plants. Discussion will include energy modeling, commissioning and other EA credit impacts

Information and registration on-line.

Urban Land Institute Chicago 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award honoring James R. Loewenberg

6:30 p.m., cocktails, 7:30 p.m., dinner/awards presentation., Four Seasons Hotel, 120 East Delaware
Sponsor: Urban Land Institute Chicago
$400.00, respond by November 30th

Jim Loewenberg, Co-CEO of Magellan Development Group is one of Chicago’s premier James Loewenberg honored by ULI Chicago with 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, December 3, 2009high-rise residential developers, building over 40,000 residential units throughout his career. He has orchestrated the development of Lakeshore East, the award-winning 28 acre master-planned community that completes the ambitious Illinois Center development. Jim has an impeccable reputation in the business community and has been recognized in such diverse areas as industry leadership, training and development practices. He was recently awarded the prestigious 2008 International FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Award for the Master Plan of Lakeshore East, and was the only winner from the United States.

Information on-line. Registration form on-line.

   December 4 , Friday

Performance Based Plastic Design of Earthquake Resistant Steel & Concrete

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Chicago Bar Association, 312 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois,
$200.00

A newly-developed design methodology called the Performance-Based Plastic Design (PBPD) method will be presented as applied to seismic design of steel and concrete structures. The presentation will include background theory, complete step-by-step design procedure, and detailed design examples of commonly used framing systems, including Performance Based Plastic Design of Earthquake Resistant Steel & Concrete to be subject of half day seminar sponsored by the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois at the Chicago Bar Association December 4, 2009steel and RC Moment Frames, and steel Concentrically Braced Frames. The designs of frames and their inelastic pushover and time-history responses will be compared with those of the baseline code-compliant frames to show the validity and merits of this new methodology. Textbook: Performance-Based Plastic Design: Earthquake-Resistant Steel Structure, by Goel and Chao, International Code Council, 2008. The book is available for sale on the ICC website for the member price of $78 + tax. Purchase of the book is recommended but not required. Dr. Subhash C. Goel is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He has done extensive research work on seismic behavior and design of steel and composite structures for over forty years.

Register on-line. Registration form and information on-line.

   December 7 , Monday

The Modern Art Institute

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 7th floor
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute,
Free event

What does it mean to be modern now? With the recent opening of the Renzo Piano Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, President and Director Cuno shares his views of modernism and the museum's latest transformations.

One of a series of gallery talks and round-table panel conversations on the artworks and salient themes echoed through SAIC's exhibition, Learning Modern.

Information on-line.

Chicago Women in Architecture Annual Holiday Party

5:30 p.m. , reception, 6:30 p.m., presentation, Hafele Showroom, 154 W. Hubbard-
Sponsor: Chicago Women in Architecture
$25.00 CWA members and non-members; $15.00 with food drive donation

Guest Speaker will be Lisa Elkins of 2 Point Perspective. The evening will also include a Silent Auction to benefit the CWA Scholarship Fund.

Information on-line.

   December 8 , Tuesday

The Red Line Green Roofs Initiative

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, Please arrive early as space is limited. Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES 1

Dave Hampton, Principal, Hampton Avery ArchiDave Hampton and Michael Repkin discuss the Red Line Green Roofs Initiative at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, December 8, 2009tects and Michael Repkin, President, Repkin Biosystems Inc. will discuss the pilot Red Line Green Roof Initiative, whose goal is to reimagine a considerable portion of the urban environment—approximately 50,000 square feet—as a diverse, robust, productive, and beautiful constructed rooftop ecosystem, using a major public transit artery as an organizing element to increase visibility by the public.

Information: 312/922.3432 x 224 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.

What's Next? Downtown Chicago in the Post-Olympic and Post-Burnham Age - Friends of Downtown Annual meeting

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP at 191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown.
Free event for current members, non-members can join at the door and enjoy membership through 2010.

What good, socially and environmentally-conscious planning and design can Chicagoans expect to see in the post-Burnham Plan Centennial and Olympic planning period? To address this issue, Friends of Downtown will present a panel discussion featuring planning and development experts. Our panel includes Lori Healey, President of Chicago 2016; Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Linda Searl, Chair of the Chicago Plan Commission, and Joseph Pilewski, development advisor at Duff & Phelps. This panel will present a lively discussion of where we go from here and what exciting plans may already be in the works for downtown Chicago.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

AIA Chicago Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - theWit Hotel 201 N. State St, Chicago
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
$30.00 members, $40.00 non-members

Join AIA Chicago as we network, socialize and party at the new Wit Hotel!

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

CSI Chicago Chapter Holiday Party and Benefit

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Carnivale, 702 West Fulton
$32.00 members and non-members
Sponsor: Chicago Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute
Reservations and payment due December 1

CSI has reserved a private space in this festive, lively restaurant for the chapter’s very popular Holiday Party. Gather with colleagues and guests for a social get-together plus a raffle to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Along with a cash bar, there will be a selection of hot and cold appetizers with new tastes and flavors to satisfy your creative side. Space is limited, so reserve early. Raffle items needed! Even if you can’t attend this evening, please consider donating a raffle item or buying a raffle ticket to benefit the Food Depository. No matter the amount, any donation will be appreciated and add to the festive event.

Registration and info on-line.

   December 9 , Wednesday

Holiday Lunch with the RUD KC

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 21st floor
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Regional & Urban Design KC
$30.00 members and non-members, payable at the event to the host.

Join our annual holiday lunch at The Cliff Dwellers. Meet your KC leadership, learn about our plans for 2010, and reflect on the accomplishments of our "Beyond Burnham" programs throughout this Plan of Chicago centennial year.

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

Transforming the Traditional: The Residential Work of Cohen & Hacker

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
AIA/CES 1Architects Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Transforming the Traditional: The Residential Work of Cohen & Hacker, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, December 9, 2009

Lecture by Stuart Cohen, FAIA and Julie Hacker, AIA, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC.

Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker have spent over twenty years designing houses that investigate the use of traditional architectural language with respect to both 20th century abstraction and modern spatial ideas. They will speak about their architecture and how they see it as Transforming the Traditional, the title of a new book about their work.

A book signing will follow in the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop.

Information on-line or call 312.922.3432 x224

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting. You're also welcome to study any time the office is open. Note: if no one shows up to study by 6:30 p.m., the office will be closed.

Information: 312/670.7770

   December 10 , Thursday

Chicago Green Permit Program

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.

Presentation by Sophie Martinez, Chicago Department of Buildings

Learn the basics of the Department of Buildings’ Green Permit Program and see what projects are underway in Chicago. The Green Permit Program provides incentives, such as an expedited building permit, to private developers and homeowners building green. Learn how to participate, criteria for qualification, and what incentives are available. The lecture will conclude with design highlights from recent program participants.

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 11 , Friday

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 312/846.2800

   December 12 , Saturday

Historic Holidays on Prairie Avenue

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Coach House, Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$10.00 per child, $2:00 per accompanying adult, pre-paid reservations required.

This family-oriented event will include holiday crafts, Victorian parlor games, story telling, and a visit with Santa Claus, all with a 19th century feel. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

Antonio Gaudi

3:15, 4:45, 6:15 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 11 listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

Holiday Candlelight Tours of Glessner and Clarke houses

5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. - Coach House, Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. PrairieHoliday Candlelight Tours of Glessner of Clarke houses on Prairie Avenue, Chicago, December 12 and 13, 2009
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$18.00 adults, $14.00 for children ages 8 to 12. Pre-paid reservations required.

These special 90 minute docent led tours will highlight holiday customs and decorations of earlier eras while touring the Glessner and Clarke houses decked out in appropriate 19th century holiday decor. Decorations in the Clarke house reflect the nascent holiday customs of the mid-1800s, including a small tabletop evergreen tree decorated with cranberries, clove-studded oranges and gold-painted walnuts. The Glessner house will be decorated in the grand Victorian style of a well-to-do family of the 1880s. Decorations include a large tree hung with vintage glass and paper ornaments, stairways draped in pine garland, and the dining room table elegantly set for the Christmas feast.

RSVP to 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

   December 13 , Sunday

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

3:00 p.m. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

This documentary film explores the fascinating life and complex legacy of architect and city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham and how his vision to organize the chaos of the nineteenth century America shaped the nation's towns and cities for generations. Burnham built some of the earliest skyscrapers, directed construction of the 1893 Columbian Exposition that inspired the City Beautiful Movement, and created plans for San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland and Manila, all before the urban planning profession existed. His work sought to reconcile things often thought opposite: the practical and the ideal, business and art, and capitalism and democracy. At the center of it all was the idea of a vibrant urban community. A timely, intriguing story in the American experience, Make No little Plans will explore Burnham's career and complex legacy as public debate continues today about how and for whom cities are planned. Director Judith Paine McBrien and director of photography Jim Morrissette will be present for a panel discussion after the screening that will also include author Richard Cahan and Notre Dame Profession of Architecture Phil Bess.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

Antonio Gaudi

3:15 and 4:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 11 listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

Holiday Candlelight Tours of Glessner and Clarke houses

5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. - Coach House, Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie
Sponsor: Glessner House Museum
$18.00 adults, $14.00 for children ages 8 to 12. Pre-paid reservations required.

These special 90 minute docent led tours will highlight holiday customs and decorations of earlier eras while touring the Glessner and Clarke houses decked out in appropriate 19th century holiday decor. Decorations in the Clarke house reflect the nascent holiday customs of the mid-1800s, including a small tabletop evergreen tree decorated with cranberries, clove-studded oranges and gold-painted walnuts. The Glessner house will be decorated in the grand Victorian style of a well-to-do family of the 1880s. Decorations include a large tree hung with vintage glass and paper ornaments, stairways draped in pine garland, and the dining room table elegantly set for the Christmas feast.

RSVP to 312/326.1480. Information on-line.

   December 14 , Monday

Non-Miesian Modernity and Messy Modern

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 7th floor
Sponsor: School of the Art Institute,
Free event

Ben Nicholson, SAIC Assoc. Professor, Architecture and Jacquelynn Baas, Director Emeritus, Berkeley Art Museum, in a conversation that departs from the established canon to consider alternate narratives of modernism, suggesting how shifts of historical perspective change our perception of key historic works, including those on view in Learning Modern.

One of a series of gallery talks and round-table panel conversations on the artworks and salient themes echoed through SAIC's exhibition, Learning Modern.

Information on-line.

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

6:00 p.m. - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

This documentary film explores the fascinating life and complex legacy of architect and city planner Daniel Hudson Burnham and how his vision to organize the chaos of the nineteenth century America shaped the nation's towns and cities for generations. See December 13th listing for further details. Director Judith Paine McBrien and director of photography Jim Morrissette will be present for a panel discussion after the screening that will also include Jim Peters, President, Landmarks Illinois, and Chris Multauf of National Lewis University.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 11 listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

   December 15 , Tuesday

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 11 listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

   December 16 , Wednesday

Building Award-winning Architecture on a Budget

12:15 - 1:00 P.M., John Buck Lecture Hall, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation
Free event, seating limited. Lunchtime lecture - guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch.Tim McCormick and Jeanne Gang lecture on the Lavezzorio Community Center at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, December 16, 2009
AIA/CES 1

Lecture by Tim McCormick, M.Div., M.B.A., M.H.R.M., Chief Executive Officer, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois; Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, Studio Gang Architects.

Set on donated land on Chicago’s South Side, the Lavezzorio Community Center in the SOS Children’s Village has received numerous awards since it opened in 2007. McCormick and Gang discuss the rewards and challenges of nonprofit construction projects including working with a limited budget and donated materials, and how creativity overcame obstacles in financing and design.

Information on-line or call 312.922.3432 x224

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting. You're also welcome to study any time the office is open. Note: if no one shows up to study by 6:30 p.m., the office will be closed.

Information: 312/670.7770

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 11 listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800

   December 17 , Thursday

Building Integrated Photovoltaics

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC
Free for AIA members and non-members
1 LU/HSW/SD

Joanne Rodriguez, with the Sustainable Technologies Division of Tremco, Inc. will give an overview of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV): economic support for BIPV in terms of incentives and payback; types, and benefits of different BIPV systems on the market; how a BIPV project is delivered, with a breakdown and explanation of the components that make up BIPV; predictions about the future of BIPV. Bring your lunch or use the CBA cafeteria (buy lunch ticket in the first-floor bookstore before going to our assigned floor.) NOTE: registration for this presentation is currently for a waiting list.

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

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers 121 N. LaSalle Street (rescheduled from July 16th)
Open to the public

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

Archeworks Semester Final Presentation and Review

6:00 p.m. - Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury, at Ontario
Sponsor: Archeworks
Free event, refreshments follows presentations

Students will discuss their projects and report on research and developments to date.
6:00 p.m. - Mobile Food Collective inspires a rethinking of our relationship to food, incorporating heritage, ownership, exchange, and connection into a new food culture. TheArcheworks, Chicago offers semester final presentation and Review, December 17, 2009 group will present on its experiences sharing food in public spaces, designing products to inspire home growing, and building a local recipe archive.
7:00 - Little Village Pocket Parks - There once were some Archeworkers, who came from far and wide to transform Chicago from top to bottom and side to side. They noticed the city was full of vacant spaces, these unhealthy pockets were ignored by passing faces. In Little Village they saw opportunities for transformation, knowing their absent spaces could hatch a sensation. They all worked together, fluttering their imaginations to see, all the wonderful things that their pockets could be.

RSVP on-line or call 312/867.7254. Information on-line.

Antonio Gaudi

6:15 and 7:45 PM - Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State
Sponsor: Gene Siskel Film Center
$10.00, $7.00 for students, $4.00 for students and faculty of the School of the Art Institute, $5.00 for Film Center members

In what's become 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 11 listing for details.

Information on-line or call 312/846.2800