Sunday, April 19, 2009

Gropius at Michael Reese, Earth Day at the Spertus, Ross Barney for CWA - a reminder, a cancellation, and still MORE events for April

No matter how late in month we get, there's still events being added to the April calendar, and we have a bunch more.

Gropius in Chicago
We'll start, however, with a reminder of Monday's 6:00 p.m., lecture at Hafele America's Chicago showroom, in which Grahm Balkany will present the findings into his research into what is described as architect Walter Gropius's "mostly forgotten role in Chicago. Mr. Balkany's project indicates that the Michael Reese Hospital campus has at least 8 buildings done with Gropius's heavy involvement. This is in addition to his master planning for the campus and the region, and urban design issues for the area of Michael Reese." More information here.

The city is fast tracking wiping every last piece of the Michael Reese Hospital complex off the face of the earth. beginning as early as June.

On Sunday, May 17th, Balkany will lead a free tour of the Michael Reese Hospital Campus, starting at 2:00 P.M. A donation of $10.00, to "help support the costs of continuing research", is, however, suggested. More info here.

One Cancellation: Winy Maas or MVRDV will not be making it to UIC this coming Wednesday.

Now on to the new stuff:
Modern Earth Spring 2009 - on Wednesday the 22nd, Earth Day, 5:30 - 8:30 pm., the Spertus Institute will be the site of this event sponsored by The Elements Group offering up d’oeuvres, organic wine and cocktails, Brazilian lounge music and green tours of the venue, as well as presentations on nature-oriented and sustainable design will include Krueck and Sexton Architects on the design of The Spertus Institute, and its relation to the natural environment and sustainability, and the IIT Student Architectural Studio Team and Krueck and Sexton Architects on the conceptual design of Project Nomad, a proposed mobile nature and environmental learning center inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Info here.

Cathy J. Maloney: Chicago Gardens: The Early History - the author will be discussing her new book, which covers a period of history from the first vegetable plots at Fort Dearborn to the innovative garden designs at the 1933 Century of Progress exhibition. Twice on Friday, April 24th, 12:15 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 6:30 p.m., Cyrano's Bistrot. Info here.

NPS Rustic: The Arts & Crafts Style in our National Parks - tea proceeds a lecture from former National Parks Service historian Robert Blyth. At Second Presbyterian Church, Saturday, April 25th, beginning at 1:00 p.m., Info here.

Chicago Women in Architecture's 27th Annual Spring Scholarship Brunch with Carol Ross Barney - the noted architect, whose Jewish Reconstruction Congregation in Evanston has just been named one of AIA Cote's Top Ten Green Projects, will be the featured speaker at this benefit event, Sunday, April 26th, 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m., at the Galleria Marchetti. Info here.

Park Ridge Artists Colony - also on Sunday the 26th, architect Sam Guard will lecture for the Kalo Foundation, at Park Ridge's First United Methodist Church, beginning at 1:00 p.m., Info here.

Okay, can we finally close the book on April now? There are still almost 30 events between now and the end of the month. Check them all out here. (To make sure we get everything in, publication of the May calendar will be delayed until June 15th.)

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