Sunday, April 04, 2010

Frank Gehry, Reiser + Umemoto, MOS, Pallasmaa, Lee Bey, Doug Farr, SAH and Chicago in the 70's, Archeworks WPA 2:0 - the April Architectural Calendar

Chicago's April calendar of Architectural events really gets rolling this week with Peter Hales at UIC on Monday, Archeworks Spring Open House showing the entries to WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture on Tuesday, up against SEAOI's Beyond Failure program, Sample and Meredith of MOS at the Art Institute, and no less than Frank Gehry, in conversation with Thomas Pritzker at the Harold Washington Library.

This coming the Friday, April 9th, UIC has a closing night panel for their A Few Zines exhibition that includes representatives of several of the leading Architectural zines, and also has talks by Brett Steele on the 14th, and Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto on the 19th.

At IIT, there's Harry Mallgrave this Wednesday, Edward Windhorst on the 12th, and Juhani Pallasmaa on the 16th. Doug Farr talks about Walkable Urbanism for Friends of the Parks at the Cultural Center on the 8th, Urban Habitat Chicago considers Lessons from Guatemala on the 7th.

CAF has David Bagnall taking about restoring the Nickerson Mansion this Wednesday, stretching up 300 East Randolph on the 14th, David Swan talking about The Autobiography of Irving Pond on the 21st, and Liam T.A. Ford talking about Soldier Field and the Hopes of Chicago on the 28th.

Beginning on the 21st, the Society of Architectural Historians kick off their 2010 Annual Meeting in Chicago with an enormous range of papers, tours and symposia open to the public, topped off by a big benefit on the 24th honoring the architects and benefactors of Chicago's Cutting Edge 70's.

On the 25th, the Boullée Society will release the Kraken from the Art's Club subterranean cistern, after which he will lecture in the main dining room on his recent book, The Creative Destruction of Derivative Architecture.

On the 20th, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest brings together a delegation from German companies and local speakers like John Durbrow for their Green Building Innovation Delegation Conference. On the 22nd, SEAOI holds its annual Midwest Bridge Symposium, and on the 29th, Ellen E. Roberts discusses Japanism and the Arts and Crafts Movement at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. Earlier the same day, Benet Haller discusses the Chicago Central Area Plan at APA Chicago.

Lunchtime on the 15th Landmarks Illinois has a program on Mid-Century Houses of Worship, and in the evening Lee Bey talks about Harold's Chicago: How Mayor Washington Changed the Face of the City at the Harold Washington Library.

And if you think that pretty much covers it, guess again. There's over 60 events already (I always wind up adding some I've missed) on the April calendar. Check out all the great stuff here.

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