September 2016

How Bison will Take Over Suburban Wasteland

OZY Ι Sept. 29, 2016  Past the suburban fringe of Chicago, 60 miles west of Lake Michigan, the seemingly endless rhythm of curving cul-de-sac neighborhoods and strip malls gives way to vast expanses of green — cropland and wild prairie, divided by knots of rail yards where semitrailers wait to pick up cargo. Angular buildings are topped with green roofs, and cantilevered over the tracks are pedestrian-scale eco-villa
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Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2017 Curators and Theme

Architectural Record Ι Sept. 22, 2016  After the runaway success of last year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), organizers announced plans for the 2017 edition. At a press briefing yesterday at the Chicago Cultural Center, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CAB officials named Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee artistic directors and selected Todd Palmer, associate director and cur
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Sparkling New Dorm by Jeanne Gang Opens at the University of Chicago

Architectural Record Ι Sept. 13, 2016  To make way for the University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons, the school demolished Harry Weese’s 1960 Pierce Tower, who’s stacked bays and neo-mansard crown showcased some of the University of Chicago’s least confident mid-century architecture on the famously Collegiate Gothic campus. Something of an inscrutable fortress, it thought little enough of its Hyde Park
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Design-build for high schoolers

Sept. 2, 2016 Ι Doggerel On a hot, sunny August morning on Chicago’s West Side, Matt Snoap, an architect with the firm bKL, is putting more than a dozen high school and early college students in place for a groundbreaking photo op on one of the city’s many abandoned freight rail lines. But unlike a traditional groundbreaking ceremony, there’s no professional construction crew to take over after the shutter clicks. “S
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 8: Landscape Redemption with Ernie Wong of Site Design Group

EP 8: Landscape Redemption with Ernie Wong of Site Design Group  The A Lot You Got to Holler Cavalcade of Firsts continues, when co-hosts Zach Mortice and Ben Schulman sit down with Ernie Wong of Site Design Group–the show’s first ever landscape architect guest! On the agenda: shared streets in Uptown, Chicago’s many, many basket-case ruins and slag pits, and an oft-overlooked question: Is shutting down the Dan Ryan
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