Monday, January 02, 2012

Classicist/Modernist Smackdown, Luis Urculo, Margaret McCurry: Distillations, Future City 2012, The L, Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago, Tugendhat, Bloomingdale, Hedrich-Blessing - it's the January 2012 Calendar!

It's Classicist vs. Modernist smackdown night January 19th,  as Iveta Cerná, Head of Villa Tugendhat at CAF faces off at 6:00 p.m. against Tom Beeby, of the Harold L Washington Library, at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, a/k/a Nickerson Mansion.

But that's just two of the highlights of the January 2012 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

On Wednesday, January 25th, Madrid architect Luis Urculo lectures at the Graham, while at the Poliform showroom, Margaret McCurry signs copies of Distillations, the new monograph on her work. On Friday, the 27th, architect Will Bruder lectures at Crown Hall, IIT

There seems to be a new tradition of holiday parties after the holidays, which includes Architecture for Humanity Chicago Chapter's Holiday Hangover which couples the Black Cloud Gallery with Friday the 13th, while APT and others host a Chicago Preservation Holiday Party 2012 on the 11th.

Saturday the 21st is the 2012 Future City Chicago Regional Finals at UIC, where 6th, 7th and 8th trades from area schools  compete with their own visions.

More authors: Greg Borzo discusses the The Chicago L for Friends of Downtown at the Cultural Center this Thursday, the 5th,  Barbara Geiger talks about Low-Key Genius: The life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds, and Edward W. Wolner discusses Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago for Landmarks Illinois at the Cultural Center on the 19th.

More?  This Thursday marks still another month when the Commission on Chicago Landmarks completely ignores the battle to save Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital, SEAOI has a dinner program on Geotechnical Lessons Learned on Tuesday the 10th, while Tuesday, the 17th, AIA  Chicago offers a tour of the ACE Technical Charter High School serving students with an interest in architecture, construction and engineering, and the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians have a tour of the legendary photographers Hedrich Blessing.

Other CAF lunchtime lectures feature The Bloomingdale Trail on the 18th, and Zurich Esposito, Julie Liska, Pat Saldana Natke and others on the Small Firm/Small Project Awards on the 25th.

I'm sure we'll be adding more events, especially since the Chicago Plan and Community Development Commissions and the Center for Green Technology haven't released their 2012 schedules yet, but we've already got over 30 great items.  Check out the entire January 2012 Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

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