Monday, February 03, 2014

The Kabbalah in Architecture, SOM's Timber Tower, Torrence Bridge, Lykoudis, Kyes, Richardson, Casinos, Mecca Flat Blues and much more - it's the February Calendar!

There are only 28 days in February this year, and they're crammed with nearly 40 great items on the February Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events

It starts out with a bang this week on Tuesday the 4th, beginning with a gallery talk on Gone but Not Forgotten - Architectural Fragments, lunchtime at the Art Institute, while in the evening, this month's SEAOI dinner meeting at the Cliff Dwellers takes on the new Torrence and 130th Bridge,  And the same evening at the Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park, Alexander Gorlin will be discussing his new book Kabbalah in Art and Architecture.

Later in February it's National Engineers Week, and CAF starts off the festivities with their a lunchtime lecture this Wednesday the 5th on SOM's Timber Tower Research Project.  Also this Wednesday, Apple follows up on last month's lecture by Katherine Darnstadt at their Lincoln Park store with Bryan Howard of Jahn Architects discussing Designing the Whole at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue.

Thursday the 6th sees Friends of the Parks 39th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the Cultural Center with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as keynote speaker, while Thursday evening, Judy Ledgerwood is at the Graham discussing her new exhibition, Chromatic Patterns.

Friday sees the opening at the Music Box of If You Build It, a documentary of what happened when two architects arrived in Bertie County, North Carolina to teach a high school design-build glass.  Then on Saturday the 8th, AIA Chicago and many others sponsor a day-long conference, Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice.

And that's just February's first week.  Highlights across the rest of the month include Michael Lykoudis talking about Neoclassical Architecture in Greece: Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity at the Driehaus Museum, Steven M. Nilles of Goettsch Partners talking about his firm's award winning Sowwah Square project in Abu Dhabi.

 Zak Kyes exploring the publishing of architecture and design books at the Graham, an evening panel at CAF considering Shared Waters: Chicago, Gary, Milwaukee and St. Louis, while another lunchtime lecture features Kevin M. Fitzpatrick discussing the engineering of Chicago's Big Tunnel project

More?  John Waters talks about Henry Hobson Richardson's Chicago Legacy for Landmarks
Illinois, UIC's Great Cities Institute takes on Casinos as Tools for Economic Development in Suburban Chicago, and AIA Chicago features Gensler's Brian Vitale leading a tour of Fourth Presbyterian's new Gratz Center.  Oh, and Tim Samuelson has a new exhibition on Mecca Flat Blues opening at the Cultural Center.
And that's still just a drop in the bucket.  Power up your calendars and check out all the great items on the February Calendar of Chicago Architectural Events.

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