COS looks to Mies and Mondrian for first Chicago store

The works of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and artist Piet Mondrian influenced the geometric and pared-back design of this shop for fashion brand COS. The first COS store in Chicago occupies a new four-storey building on East Oak Street, designed by the company’s in-house team of architects. Sandwiched between two existing structures, the

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Elon Musk’s Chicago tunnel will link downtown and airport in 12 minutes

Elon Musk’s infrastructure firm The Boring Company has revealed plans to bring its super-fast tunnel system to Chicago, where “autonomous electric skates” travelling up to 150 miles per hour will link the city’s Downtown area with O’Hare Airport. The Boring Company’s scheme was selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) as the winning proposal bidding for the

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Pair of skyscrapers proposed for site of Calatrava’s doomed Chicago Spire

Two “sister skyscrapers” designed by architect David Childs have been unveiled for Chicago’s waterfront, nearly 10 years after work on Santiago Calatrava’s ill-fated Chicago Spire halted on the same plot. The 400 Lake Shore Drive development is located where the Chicago River flows into Lake Michigan, on the site the Spanish architect’s 150-storey Spire began

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SOM converts century-old Chicago firehouse into Optimo hat factory

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has paired blackened steel with warm-toned wood at a new headquarters for hat maker Optimo, created inside a historic firehouse in Chicago. The offices and production facilities are situated within a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse in the Beverly neighbourhood on Chicago’s South Side. Founded 25 years ago, Optimo has developed

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Competition: win a map of Chicago’s concrete architecture

Dezeen is giving away five copies of a map that pinpoints Chicago’s concrete buildings, including iconic brutalist structures and university projects, in this competition. Concrete Chicago Map is a double-sided guide that details of over 50 concrete buildings and structures in the city’s Downtown and surrounding areas. The foldout design has a map on one

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Chicago’s second-tallest skyscraper planned beside Tribune Tower

A skyscraper by architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill is set to rise next to Chicago’s historic Tribune Tower and become the second-tallest building in the city. The tower will soar to 1,422 feet (433 metres) tall – just short of the city’s Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, which was completed by Skidmore Owings

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Moss converts Chicago corner shop into art gallery, apartment and its own studio

Architect Matt Nardella has turned an abandoned bodega in Chicago into his home and studio, arranging spaces around a courtyard he created in the centre. Nardella runs Chicago-based architecture and design firm Moss with his wife Laura Cripe, who oversees the marketing and business development. The architect and his team transformed the 6,000-square-foot (557-square-metre) grocery

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Goettsch Partners adds folded glass tower above historic Chicago hotel

Local architecture firm Goettsch Partners has built a tower with a wave-like glass facade on top of Chicago’s 1920s Cedar Hotel. Goettsch Partners added the eighteen storey tower to the existing four-storey Cedar Hotel to create an expanded hotel named the Viceroy Chicago. The new tower, which spans 150,000 square feet (45,720 square metres), has a completely different

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SOM unveils office tower with luxury amenities for Chicago

Architecture firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill has revealed an 18-storey office block planned for Chicago, including a terrace that overlooks the city’s trendy West Loop neighbourhood. SOM’s The Porch is intended for Fulton Market a district in the city’s West Loop, an area immediately west of Downtown that has become known for its upcoming contemporary design and

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Yesomi Umolu named artistic director for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

Chicago-based “visionary curator” Yesomi Umolu has been announced as the artistic director for city’s third architecture biennial, taking place next year. Umolu’s role in overseeing the curatorial programme for the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 was revealed today. She currently holds a leading position at the University of Chicago acting as exhibitions curator for the Reva and

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Drone footage captures bustling Chicago Riverwalk one year after completion

This drone footage shows the promenade along Chicago’s riverfront, a year after its transformation by firms Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects into a public space with fishing platforms and kayaking spots. The Chicago Riverwalk project involved the regeneration of the waterfront, turning a section along the south bank in the city’s downtown area into a pedestrian

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“There is no need to destroy one significant cultural legacy in order to celebrate another”

The Obama Presidential Center will be presented to the Chicago City Council today. But its proposed siting in the city’s Jackson Park will both remove acres of public land and blight Fredrick Law Olmsted’s historic landscape design, argues The Cultural Landscape Foundation president Charles A Birnbaum. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are gifted architects. Their

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Obamas reveal more details and images for Presidential Center in Chicago

Barack and Michelle Obama have released a set of new renderings and a movie showing the cultural complex celebrating his presidency, which is to be built on Chicago’s South Side. Designed by US firms Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), the Obama Presidential Center is planned for a site in the

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Barkow Leibinger clads Rust Belt factory in oxidised steel

German architecture firm Barkow Leibinger has wrapped an angular showroom and office building on the outskirts of Chicago in weathering steel. The building is for Trumpf, a German manufacturer of high-tech machinery, laser technology and other electronic tools. Named Smart Factory, the structure combines office spaces with production facilities and a showroom in two rectangular

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Movie protests demolition of Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center in Chicago

Filmmaker Nathan Eddy has released a movie showcasing architect Helmut Jahn’s James R Thompson Center in Chicago, in a bid to protect the postmodern government building from demolition. Available to watch online this week, the Starship Chicago film was made to help save the building that German-born, Chicago-based architect Jahn completed in 1984. The building is

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Macbook-shaped roof tops Foster + Partners’ glazed Apple Store in Chicago

Foster + Partners has designed its “most ambitious” Apple Store for Chicago, with huge glass walls and a slender roof that looks like a scaled-up version of the company’s laptop computer. The Apple Michigan Avenue store is located on the city’s river edge beside the North Michigan Avenue – also known as the Magnificent Mile – and in

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10 significant buildings to visit during Open House Chicago 2017

Open House is taking place in Chicago this weekend and we’ve selected some of the best buildings to snoop around, including a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, a pink-hued apartment block, and studios of the city’s prominent architects. Organised by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, this year’s Open House Chicago will see 200 of the city’s most

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“Chicago Biennial shows us how we might find building blocks for a new architecture”

This year’s Chicago Biennial doesn’t provide a blueprint for the future of architecture, but it does offer clues for how to create one, says Aaron Betsky. The fear of what the future might hold looms heavily over the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Make New History, which opened in that city on 15

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“Architecture as intellectual inquiry needs to take more risks”

The second Chicago Architecture Biennial tackles the broad and tempestuous topic of history, but plays it too safe, says Mimi Zeiger in this Opinion column. I’m not going to define history. No matter how heavily that word weighs on the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened last weekend. Neither will artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark

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Obama calls on architecture and tech firms to support Chicago presidential library with apprenticeship schemes

Barack Obama has urged top architecture studios and tech firms like Amazon, Google and Microsoft to take on paid apprentices from Chicago’s South Side at a public consultation event for the Obama Presidential Library. The former US president spoke to the audience and answered questions through a video live-stream at the event, which took place last

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SOM exhibits architecture models with stripped-away skins to reveal engineering beneath

A row of intricately detailed architectural models take centre stage at this pop-up exhibition celebrating the beauty of engineering by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, which coincides with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The 30 structural models presented at 1:500 scale are arranged in ascending height order across the breadth of the exhibition space at the Mana Contemporary Chicago art

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Architects reimagine Chicago’s Tribune Tower with abstract skyscraper models

Fifteen alternative visions for the famous 1920s Tribune Tower competition are presented as giant models at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Architects, studios and teams from around the world have contributed their abstract skyscraper designs for the Vertical City exhibition at the biennial, which opened to press today. They were asked to interpret the brief for

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Chicago Architecture Foundation plans move to Mies van der Rohe-designed tower

The Chicago Architecture Center will take over a space inside a riverfront building by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which will be designed by US firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and is set to open summer 2018. Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) announced its move ahead of the second Chicago Architecture Biennale, which

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial will “look back to look forward” say artistic directors

This year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial will ask architects to consider history in order to shape a direction for future architectural practice, say artistic directors Johnston Marklee. Set to open next week, the second Chicago Architecture Biennial will show “a cross-section of the best and most innovative work from around the world” according to Mark Lee,

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Five skyscrapers set to transform Chicago’s skyline

Chicago – the birthplace of the skyscraper – is poised to host its second architecture biennial, so we’ve rounded up five of the tallest towers either approved or underway in the city. Vista Tower by Studio Gang Set to reach 1,186 feet at its highest point when it completes in 2020, local architect Jeanne Gang’s

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Blue and yellow fins wrap sculptural academic building in Chicago by JGMA

Canted walls covered in colourful louvres define this urban building for Northeastern Illinois University by architecture firm JGMA, which sits next to a major highway. The El Centro facility is part of an urban satellite campus established by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) to help serve the Latino community. Occupying a former industrial site in Chicago’s Avondale

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Helmut Jahn’s 1000M skyscraper poised to rise in Chicago

New renderings have been released of American-German architect Helmut Jahn’s tower for Chicago’s South Loop, as preparations for construction begin and sales of its luxury condominiums get ready to open. Due to imminently rise from a vacant lot at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the residential skyscraper dubbed 1000M will reach 832 feet (254 metres) once

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Brutalist library in Chicago gets interior update by Woodhouse Tinucci

US firm Woodhouse Tinucci Architects has spruced up reading room in the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, a 1970s building originally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Totalling 18,000 square feet (1,672 square metres), the project entailed transforming a ground-level reading room of the brutalist library into a space more suitable for group meetings

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple was the “first expression” of modern architecture

We’re continuing our look back at Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important projects, in celebration the anniversary of the American architect’s 150th birth last week. Next is Unity Temple, the Prairie-style concrete church that he considered to be his first contribution to modern architecture. Wright designed Unity Temple in 1905 for the Unitarian Universalist congregation of Oak Park Unity Church,

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House was his most “consummate expression” of Prairie style

This week marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and to celebrate we’re looking back at five of the American architect’s most pioneering projects. First up is Robie House, now recognised as a symbol of the Prairie style. Frank Lloyd Wright completed Robie House in Chicago in 1910, seventeen years after establishing his practice and towards

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Obama Presidential Library concept design unveiled in Chicago

The first images and models of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ plans for the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago have been revealed. Former US president Barack Obama and wife Michelle presented the concept design and site plan for the library set for the city’s Jackson Park at an event earlier today. The proposal includes a

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Riverside office tower in Chicago by Goettsch Partners rises from sharply tapered base

US firm Goettsch Partners has completed a glass skyscraper with a compact footprint, which responds to its placement next to active train tracks and the Chicago River. Called 150 North Riverside, the commercial tower is located on a prominent waterfront site in the city’s West Loop. Rising 54 storeys, the glass-faced skyscraper sharply tapers inward

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Patchwork of stone, brick and glass fronts Chicago townhouse by HBRA Architects

HBRA Architects drew inspiration from historic Chicago residences by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Henry Hobson Richardson while conceiving this contemporary urban residence in the city’s Lincoln Park neighbourhood. The private residence, located on Chicago’s North Side, is part of a mixed-used development that includes a tower, a multi-level parking garage, private townhouses and a shaded

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Chicago’s century-old Navy Pier revitalised by James Corner Field Operations and nArchitects

Kiosks with stainless steel canopies and a towering glass and chrome sculpture are among the recent enhancements made to Chicago’s Navy Pier, one of the largest public piers in the world (+ slideshow). Called Pierscape, the project was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape studio behind Manhattan’s High Line, with architectural elements by More

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Studio Gang clads Chicago student housing complex in wavy strips of concrete

US firm Studio Gang has completed a student residential complex for the University of Chicago that features towers sheathed in glass and sculptural white concrete panels (+ movie). Scheduled to open on 17 September 2016, the complex – called the Campus North Residential Commons – is the latest addition to the university’s campus, which features works More

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Obama selects Chicago’s Jackson Park for presidential library site

US president Barack Obama has chosen Jackson Park in Chicago as the site to build the library that will commemorate his term in office. Although the official announcement is not due until next week, the Chicago Tribune has revealed that the location was selected over Washington Park – another green space in the city’s South Side. The historic More

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Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects chosen for Obama Presidential Library

Breaking news: architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have won the long-running competition to design the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago. Announced by the Barack Obama Foundation today, the New York-based firm will partner with local practice Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) on the project to create a cultural venue in commemoration of the US president’s More

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George Lucas abandons Chicago museum proposal in favour of California

Filmmaker George Lucas has confirmed that he is pulling his MAD-designed museum from Chicago and plans to move the proposal to America’s West Coast. The Star Wars creator announced last week that he is ending his bid to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a lakefront car park in the Illinois city, after an More

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WATG wins competition to design freeform 3D-printed house

A team of architects in Chicago has proposed a house made of 3D-printed plastic and carbon-fibre panels wrapped around glazed walls (+ slideshow). The members of international firm WATG’s Urban Architecture Studio took out first prize in the Freeform Home Design Challenge, which invited architects, designers, engineers and artists to propose a 3D-printed dwelling. Their More

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Gensler unveils skyscraper design for site of Calatrava’s ill-fated Chicago Spire

Global firm Gensler has proposed an alternative skyscraper concept for the waterfront site in Chicago where a spiralling, supertall condominium tower by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was slated to rise. For the recent conceptual proposal, Gensler asked: “How do you succeed with a $50 million dollar failure?” – referencing the money spent on constructing the More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils forum building for University of Chicago campus

The University of Chicago has approved a preliminary design by New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a facility devoted to hosting talks and events. The David M Rubenstein Forum will provide the institution with 90,000 square feet (8,360 square metres) of meeting and event spaces, described as a “hub for convening and More

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Aerial cable car proposed for Chicago by Marks Barfield and Davis Brody Bond

Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond have teamed up to design an aerial “gondola” that would stretch over the city of Chicago and serve as a major tourist attraction. Dubbed the Chicago Skyline, the cable car would transport passengers from the city’s Navy Pier to the Riverwalk and Millennium Park, right by the downtown district More

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New location proposed for MAD’s Lucas Museum in Chicago

Chicago’s mayor has suggested moving the proposed location for the controversial museum dedicated to film director George Lucas in order for the project to go ahead. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to save the proposal, after a judge upheld the lengthy legal battle over the plan to build the museum on a lakeside car park, More

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Studio Gang’s supertall Chicago tower will include $17.1 million penthouse

New images of architect Jeanne Gang’s Vista Tower in Chicago have been released to entice buyers to purchase luxury condominiums within the supertall skyscraper (+ slideshow). The development features a trio of connected glass towers arranged in a row, with heights of 46, 70 and 95 storeys. It was designed by Studio Gang, the Chicago More

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Valerio Dewalt Train uses stone and glass to build angular arts building in Chicago

US firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates has completed a stone and glass arts centre in Chicago for a progressive private school for children (+ slideshow).  The building, called the Gordon Park Arts Hall, is located on the main campus for the University of Chicago Laboratory School, often referred to as Lab School. It serves as a More

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Port Urbanism proposes two bike and pedestrian bridges for Chicago’s Goose Island

A proposal for two bicycle and pedestrian bridges could connect Chicago’s industrial Goose Island to surrounding neighbourhoods and transit points. Chicago-based developer R2 and urban design studio Port Urbanism are campaigning to regenerate the island, which occupies a central site in the city. Their proposal includes a curving span at Ogden Street, designed by local firm Hartshorne Plunkhard Architecture, which More

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Chicago Architecture Biennial attracts more than double the attendees of Venice Biennale

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: organisers of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial have counted more than 500,000 visitors and the city has renewed its commitment to host another edition in 2017. The biennial drew a total of 530,551 visitors, which includes totals from the Chicago Cultural Center main venue (276,806), the Stony Island Arts Bank (8,100), the Lakefront More

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SOM creates a circular library wrapped in aluminium fins for Chicago’s Chinatown

Architecture firm SOM incorporated principles from Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese design philosophy, while conceiving the new Chinatown Branch Library in Chicago (+ slideshow). Encompassing 16,000 square feet (1,490 square metres), the new library is located in Chicago’s Near South Side, on an urban site near a busy intersection and elevated metro station. “The building sits at More

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David Adjaye, Renzo Piano and Snøhetta among seven-strong shortlist for Obama Library

Breaking news: the Barack Obama Foundation has revealed the names of the seven architecture firms it is inviting to pitch for the official presidential library in Chicago. The seven shortlisted architects are: » David Adjaye » Diller Scofidio + Renfro » John Ronan » Renzo Piano » SHoP Architects » Snøhetta » Tod Williams Billie Tsien More

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Dezeen’s A-Zdvent calendar: BP Pedestrian Bridge by Frank Gehry

It’s day two in our Christmas countdown of contemporary bridges, one for every letter of the alphabet. For the letter B, it’s Frank Gehry’s first bridge – a serpentine structure between two Chicago parks. With a length of 285 metres, the winding footbridge creates a wheelchair-friendly crossing over Columbus Drive, connecting Millennium Park with the lakefront Maggie Daley Park. Brushed stainless […]

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“Chicago boldly imagines its own definition of what a biennial might be”

Opinion: the Chicago Architecture Biennial stands out from an avalanche of pointless events by doing things its own way, says Sam Jacob. But can it be sustained? This is the age of “inalification”. Every city, every form of creative practice – at vast expense and even greater effort – mounts gigantic productions that celebrate… well, what […]

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Chicago approves MAD’s George Lucas Museum plans

Chicago City Council members have voted in favour of MAD Architects’ controversial design for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the shore of Lake Michigan. MAD’s proposal for the museum, which will host the private art and memorabilia collection of film director George Lucas, is expected to cost $400 million (£260 million) and […]

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MOS Architects creates modular house made entirely from corridors

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: New York-based studio MOS Architects has created an installation that explores the possibility of building homes using only corridor and hallway-like spaces (+ slideshow). The Corridor House is a series of plywood modules, staggered and layered to create a puzzle-like dwelling with a courtyard in the centre. Each unit is designed to resemble a […]

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Helmut Jahn’s Thompson government centre faces demolition threat

The governor of Illinois has announced plans to sell Helmut Jahn’s James R Thompson Center in Chicago – a move that could lead to the demolition of the Postmodern government office building. Located in Chicago’s core central business district, known as The Loop, the full block-long building by the German-born, Chicago-based architect is a prime candidate for redevelopment. The […]

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“Lack of demand” is holding back Chicago’s young architectural talents

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Chicago might be the city that invented contemporary high-rise architecture but lately it has been left standing by New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Is the Windy City stuck in the past or is its first ever architecture biennial a sign that things are changing? “Chicago is where all the good ideas […]

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“Chicago is a living laboratory of future infrastructure”

Opinion: Chicago may have been the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, but the city is now more interested in landscape projects that make New York’s High Line look like small fry, says Jonathan D Solomon, director of architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In his 1970 essay Chicago a la Carte: […]

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David Adjaye retrospective at Art Institute of Chicago includes a full-size pavilion

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: the first career retrospective of architect David Adjaye has opened at the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring a full-size replica of his 2007 Horizon pavilion (+ slideshow). Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye spans more than 20 years of architecture, furniture design, and urban planning. The exhibition, spread across galleries on two floors, […]

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Mies-inspired pavilion with “biggest wooden roof possible” opens on Chicago lakefront

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: architecture studio Ultramoderne has completed its competition-winning Chicago pavilion, which was built using the largest lengths of timber that can be shipped across North America (+ slideshow). Named Chicago Horizon, the pavilion was the winning design in the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition, organised as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial that […]

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WORKac and Ant Farm design a utopian floating city for humans and marine animals

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: WORKac has teamed up with the founders of 1970s art collective Ant Farm to design a floating city based on drawings that were lost during a fire decades ago (+ slideshow). Using a handful of salvaged drawings as reference, the New York firm worked with the collective to fill in the gaps in their archive. […]

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Explore Chicago’s contemporary and historic architecture on our new Pinterest board

Dezeen is reporting from the first Chicago Architecture Biennial this week. Browse the city’s newest projects, historic icons and lesser-known gems on our new Pinterest board, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the University of Chicago’s Joe and Rika Mansueto Library by Helmut Jahn. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See the latest stories on Chicago

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Theaster Gates transforms abandoned Chicago bank into public arts centre

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: artist Theaster Gates has converted a derelict bank building in a low-income Chicago neighbourhood into a cultural venue with galleries, event space, and libraries for books and vinyl records (+ slideshow). Called Stony Island Arts Bank, the project is the latest by Gates, a social activist artist and urban planner known for […]

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Local architects take on Windy City challenges at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: a capsule exhibition within the Biennial’s main show focuses on the future of Chicago, with proposals including a peninsula on the Chicago River and a landscape of sunken spaces. While much of the show – which is located at the city’s Cultural Center – focusses on international architects and projects, the Bold: Alternative Scenarios for […]

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First Chicago Architecture Biennial is a “site of experimentation” say curators

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial opens to the public this weekend. Speaking at a preview today, curators Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima said the exhibition showcases architects who are carving out new ways to practice. “We really see the exhibition as a site of experimentation,” Herda told journalists. “This is not a place to look at pictures […]

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10 of Chicago’s lesser-known architectural gems

Feature: visitors to the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opens later this week, will discover a raft of architectural treasures that are often overshadowed by the skyscrapers and institutions the city is famous for (+ slideshow). While the biennial has concentrated most of its exhibitions near the downtown business district of the Loop and the lakefront, organisers […]

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Rafael Viñoly unveils designs for pair of Chicago skyscrapers

New York-based Rafael Viñoly Architects has conceived a pair of residential towers for Chicago’s growing South Loop neighbourhood, on a site overlooking a park. Viñoly was chosen for the project by the developer, Crescent Heights. The first phase calls for a 76-storey skyscraper with 792 rental units, to be built at 113 E Roosevelt Road. […]

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The 10 projects that sum up Chicago’s architectural history

Feature: With the first Chicago Architecture Biennial kicking off later this week, Dezeen picks 10 of the projects – past and present – that have helped shape the city that gave birth to contemporary high-rise architecture. New York might be North America’s architecture and design capital, but Chicago is where all of the good ideas originally emerged. […]

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Chicago’s Vista skyscaper by Jeanne Gang will be world’s tallest building designed by a woman

In a newly released video, American architect Jeanne Gang explains how natural crystal formations inspired the shape of Vista Residences, a new skyscraper proposed for Chicago that will be the world’s tallest building designed by a woman (+ movie). Along with the video, the developer has released new interior and exterior images of the 1,140-foot-tall (348 […]

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MAD Architects unveils slimmed-down design for Lucas Museum in Chicago

The team led by MAD Architects has presented revised designs for the proposed George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Chicago’s lakefront (+ slideshow). The controversial project’s square footage has been reduced by 25 percent to 300,000-square-feet (91,440 square metres) and its footprint has been cut by 40 percent. The project has faced lawsuits and […]

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Renzo Piano and Diller Scofidio + Renfro competing for Obama Presidential Library

At least 11 firms have been invited to apply for the Barack Obama Presidential Library design contract in Chicago. Prominent firms from Chicago, across the US, and a handful of international architects have all been contacted by the Barack Obama Foundation to submit qualifications for the project, according to Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin. According to Kamin, Renzo Piano […]

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