Sunday, September 23, 2007

Chicago Architecture Club Fall Kickoff, Alfred Caldwell's Crown Hall Landscaping added to this week's calendar

Two late additions to this week's calendar of architectural events:

Chicago Architecture Club: 2007/8 Season "Architectural (Pro) activism"

On Wednesday, the 26th the CAC will hold its first event of the season. CAC is (slightly) reconfiguring the structure of the club, "reestablishing a more club-like club" and will share plans for the new year with members. The evening will begin with a new members Q & A, and then go on to event pitches, with 15 presenters competing for 5 events, concluding with comments and voting. 6:30 P.M. at I-space, 230 West Superior, Second floor. More info here.

Revisiting Caldwell

Also on Wednesday, at Crown Hall at IIT, Architect Sarah Dunn (principal, UrbanLab) and landscape architect Chandra Goldsmith Gray (Mies Society board member and IIT faculty member) and will lead Mies Society members in a tour of their recently executed landscape plan for S. R. Crown Hall. The evening will include a 7 p.m. reception and screening of the film Passionate Nature: Chicago Parks of Alfred Caldwell. Free for Mies Society members, with a $10.00 suggested donation for guests. Reservations required. More info here

And a reminder:

Preservation Chicago 2007 Benefit at Opera Lofts, the former studio and storage warehouse for Chicago's Lyric Opera, Friday, September 28th, from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. Tickets $50.00 in advance (through 5 P.M., September 25th), $65.00 at the door, with the proceeds going to support Chicago's premiere grass-roots architectural preservation organization. Information, and on-line purchase of tickets here.


Anonymous said...

Alfred Caldwell was one of my favorite professors at IIT. He would spend hours with me, yelling in my ear and telling stories of his past. I truly miss him!

Lynn Becker said...

Yeah, I could kick myself for not starting writing a little earlier when I still might have the chance to interview him. I always remember what John Vinci told me about how Caldwell started a lecture with something like. "Louis Sullivan died in a linen closet, a bare light bulb above his head." It seems that no matter how hold he became, he never lost his sense of anger at a perceived injustice. (As when Mies was pushed out at IIT.(