Sunday, February 12, 2012

new for February: Oganwu, How Much Does it Cost?, Navy Pier, Cultural Plan and more

Never too late to add to the February Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events IIT has added two lunchtime events for the lower core of Crown Hall for this week.  Monday, the 13th, Ifeanyi Oganwu of Expand Design will be discussing New Work, and on Tuesday, the 14th, Nancy Clark Brown of Autodesk education will be discussing how students and faculty are contributing  to the development of her company's product.

Elsewhere this week, the big event, Stanley Tigerman's lecture Displacement at the Graham on Wednesday the 15th is wait listed, but there's also a program of short films, All Tomorrow's Cities at Gallery 400 Monday the 13th, AIA/Chicago has The Role of Designers in Post-Disaster Scenarios, specifically Talca, Chile, lunchtime on Tuesday the 14th, Tom Lassin of Holabird and Root discusses their renovation of the Monroe Building at CAF lunchtime on Wednesday the 15th, and on Thursday 15th, Richard Sklenar of the Theatre Historical Society lectures at the Chicago Cultural Center, for Landmarks Illinois.  And this coming Sunday, February 19th, Chicagoland Engineers Week kicks off with Explore Engineering, an all-day events for kids 5 to 13 and students 14 to 18, at CAF.

Check out all the, conservatively estimated, billions of event still to come on the February 2012 Chicago Architectural Calendar.

On the exhibition front . . .

Architectural Drawing: From Europe at America, continues at the ArchiTech Gallery

. . . and we've added two new shows at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  

Friday the 17th is the official opening day for Loop Value: The HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Shop.
In a nation obsessed with acquiring the most stuff at the lowest price, how well do we understand the value of the buildings and products we buy? How do our purchases impact the future of our neighborhoods? Visit Loop Value: The How Much Does It Cost? Shop at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and find a new design for your city and your life. It's a shopping trip unlike any you've experienced before.
Also at CAF through mid-May are the proposals of the five finalists to the Navy Pier Competition, on display through mid-May.
There are satellite exhibitions of the finalist proposals at public libraries throughout Chicago, as listed on the Navy Pier Centennial Vision website.  On this on-line resource, you can look at the the various designs within the site, and download the complete presentations of each of the five finalists, as well as view the videos they created, and videos of the presentations made by the teams at the Museum of Contemporary Art earlier this year.  This is an absolutely top-notch website, setting a great example of how such a project should be presented on the web.  Check it out here.

There's also a great new website for the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan . .  .
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations and community groups for their input in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan.  The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to support the arts and artists throughout the city, as well as enhance economic growth and Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination.  The last cultural plan was developed in 1986 under Mayor Harold Washington.  Since that time, advancements have been made in many areas leading to greater involvement from vested interests.  Ideas that sprang from that plan include the renovation of Navy Pier, the redeveloped Theater Row in Chicago’s “Loop” and the creation of incentives for film projects.
The website is tied into an aggressive social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere.  Four town hall meetings are being held to get public input on the plan:
  • Wednesday, February 15:  Columbia College from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  •  Thursday, February 16:  Nicholas Senn High School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  •  Saturday, February 18:  DuSable Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  •  Tuesday, February 21:  National Museum of Mexican Art from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Check out DCASE's Cultural Plan Initiative website here.

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