Sunday, November 08, 2009

Global Architecture Brigades, CAF Patron of the Year, Shanghai x 3 at MoCP - new additions to November Calendar

That's right, we're still adding stuff to the November calender, and if the past is any indication, there'll be even more by the time last turkey emerges from hiding on the 30th.

Global Architecture Brigades: Student-:Led Design Build - Monday at noon in the lower core of Crown Hall at IIT, director John Cunningham will be talking about the Global Architecture Brigades, a "volunteer student-led collaborative dedicated to the design and construction of socially responsible solutions to architectural problems in rural Panama. A think tank design approach utilizes extensive community dialogue and independent research to create efficient, appropriate, and elegant structures to be embraced and utilized by those for whom they were built."

Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of the Year Awards
- there's still time to buy tickets for this annual event, held at a midday luncheon at the University Club on November 19. The announced winners will come from a pool of 31 nominees that range from the Wit Hotel, the rehab of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Powerhouse, to the restoration of the dome in Preston Bradley Hall, the Chicago Riverwalk, and the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute.

Film Screening: Works by Mathieu Borysevicz, Shu Haolun, and Sylvie Levey - also on the 19th, at 6:00 p.m., this is a screening of works currently part of still another absolutely first-rate Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibition, Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai Contemporary Material Culture. I hope to be writing about this show later, but it's one you shouldn't miss. Since it runs 70 minutes, I saw only part of Shu Haolun's Nostalgia, a remarkable documentary that plays like a home movie of the directors childhood neighborhood, but actually is a vivid portrait of one of Shanghai's traditional Shikumen, named after the ornamental gateways to what was once one of the city's dominant residential types, now disappearing under the bulldozers in the rush to modernity.

Just this week, there's almost a dozen and a half events, from Landmarks Illinois own 2009 Real Estate & Building Industries Council Award at the Sullivan center, Ruth J. Abram's, John Wasik, Chris Poland, Jorge Pardo, David Woodhouse, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss. Jaume Plensa and more. Check it all out here.

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