Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wim de Wit, Ilianna Kwaske, Placemaking, Emotions and Planning, Pop-ups, Pruitt-Igoe, and an Ancient Roman architect in a modern Japanese bathhouse - it's the August calendar!

It takes more than those 60-degree dog days of summer to shut down Chicago.  We've got nearly thirty great items for you this month on the August Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

The month starts fast and furious on Thursday, August 1st with a Gallery Tour of the Architecture of the Art Institute, the opening reception of the Pop-Up Gallery show of AIA Chicago's 2013 Small Project Awards, an AIA Chicago tour of the Chicago Family Health Center in Pullman, and a session on Placemaking: Reimagining the Urban Environment at the Chicago Center for Green Technology.

You say you like the movies?  We've got your mini-film festival right here, with a showing on July 31 and another in August of the Korean romance hit, Architecture 101 at the Cultural Center, which will also host two showings of Thermae Romae, in Japanese (and Latin!) about Lucius, an architect in imperial Rome, who suddenly finds himself in a present-day Japanese public bath, where he learns things about the spa culture that he takes back to him when he returns to ancient Rome.  Complications and hilarity reportedly ensue. 

Should your tastes be less light-hearted, you can turn to tragedy when the Graham offers a screening of the documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History.

Other highlights this month include Dr. Ilianna Kwaske talking about Behind Closed Doors: The Psychology of our Domestic Spaces at the Museum of Contemporary Art, while the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art offers a panel discussion, Design Education at the Institute of Design with alumni from the institution founded by Moholy-Nagy in 1946.

There'll be not just one, but two Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust lectures, with Wim de Wit at the Pritzker Auditorium at Holabird and Roche's Monroe Building talking about An Architectural Love Affair: Dutch Modernists and The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and David Bagnall discussing From Artistic to the Prairie Home: Domestic Interiors of Chicago's Gilded Age at Fourth Presbyterians Gratz Center, site of CAF's  Behind-the-Scenes: Divine Design with Gensler Architects, Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Later this month, the German American Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a Smart City Business Conference at a yet to be disclosed location, while at APA Chicago, the UIC's Charles Hoch will discuss Emotions and Planning.  Bring your own blue blanket to calm yourself down.

Bargaining, Anxiety, Anger, Acceptance and Anticipation - you'll experience all five stages as you maneuver your way through the delights of the August Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

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