Saturday, October 13, 2012

Working this Weekend?: Monday deadline for CAC Future Prentice competition entries

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If you were going to do it, my bet is that you wouldn't have forgotten, but just in case, noon Monday, October 15th is the deadline for submissions to the Chicago Architectural Club's Future Prentice competition.
This single-stage international design ideas competition is intended to act as a platform for public debate about the future of one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant Modern buildings, Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.  FUTURE PRENTICE is open to anyone with a vision of what the former Prentice Women’s Hospital could become.  Students, architects, landscape architects, planners, designers, artists and concerned citizens alike are encouraged to enter the competition. 
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks graciously keeps putting off consideration of Bertrand Goldberg's should-be landmark to allow the November unveiling of the competition winners, plus a promised exhibition of all of the ideas generated for reusing the structure.  (Or maybe it's just to give Northwestern additional time to pour more millions into its increasingly dishonest and misleading PR campaign to circumvent landmarks consideration and create still  another vacant lot on its campus.)
CAC has assembled an all-star competition jury:
  •  Zoe Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago
  •  Carlos Martinez, AIA, Principal and Firmwide Design Leader at Gensler 
  •  John Ronan, AIA, Founding Principal, John Ronan Architects 
  •  Martin Felsen, AIA, Co-founding Principal, UrbanLab 
  •  Kevin Harrington,, Architectural historian and Professor 
  •  Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President at AIA Chicago 
  •  William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE; Structural Engineering Partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
  •  Bonnie MacDonald, President at Landmarks Illinois.
But as Northwestern will tell you, what do they know?

The competition is open  to everyone - architect or not, professional or not  - as long as you've got what you think is a good idea, and the $90.00  ($50.00 for students) registration fee.  First prize is $3,000; second $1,500, third $750.00.

So if inspiration has just struck, put on the coffee, check out the rules and download the brief, here.

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