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“This is not a hospital” says architect behind conversion of McCormick Place

April 27, 2020 Eleanor Gibson 0
McCormick Place convention centre in Chicago

Convention centres that have been rapidly turned into facilities for coronavirus patients should not be called hospitals, says Doug King, the healthcare principal of Stantec, which has overseen the transformation of Chicago’s McCormick Place. Stantec worked with contractor Walsh Construction to turn three halls in the centre into an alternative care facility with 3000 beds.

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David Childs redesigns halted towers for Chicago Spire site

March 18, 2020 Kristine Klein 0
400 Lake Shore Drive by SOM

SOM’s David Childs has updated the design of a pair of towers proposed to occupy the site of Santiago Calatrava’s Chicago Spire. The amended plans come over a year after Chicago vice mayor Brendan Reilly halted Childs’ proposal for the “sister skyscrapers” on 400 Lake Shore Drive. The redesign alters the height of the two

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John Ronan creates affordable housing in Chicago with colourful balconies and a library

October 15, 2019 Jenna McKnight 0

A spectrum of vivid hues were incorporated throughout a mixed-use building in Chicago by John Ronan Architects that contains a public library at ground level and low-cost senior housing up above. The Independence Library and Apartments are located in the Irving Park district on the city’s Northwest Side. The area features a mix of historic and

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MASS Design Group builds glass memorial for victims of gun violence at Chicago Architecture Biennial

October 1, 2019 Eleanor Gibson 0
Gun Violence Memorial Project by MASS Design Group

The Gun Violence Memorial Project at this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial is an installation of houses filled with items belonging to victims of gun violence. Architecture and design collective MASS Design Group created the exhibit with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, Chicago advocacy group Purpose Over Plain and Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that

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SOM uses robots to construct concrete Stereoform Slab for 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 25, 2019 Kristine Klein 0
Stereoform Slab by SOM

Two concrete columns hold up a curving concrete roof of this pavilion that architecture firm SOM has built using a method it says could reduce the carbon footprint of high-rise concrete buildings. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has erected the Stereoform Slab for this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial in the city’s West Loop. The concrete

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Five installations and exhibits not to miss at Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

September 20, 2019 Eleanor Gibson 0
The Gun Violence Memorial Project by MASS Design Group and Hank Willis Thomas

The artistic director of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial Yesomi Umolu has picked five highlights from the event, including a glass memorial dedicated to victims of gun violence victims and a small cinema set that explores race and gender in 20th-century. Umolu and co-curators Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares developed the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial,

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Forensic Architecture investigates Harith Augustus shooting in six videos

September 19, 2019 Eleanor Gibson 0
The Killing of Harith Augustus by Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute have created six videos that investigate the police’s killing of African-American barber Harith Augustus for this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial. Turner Prize-shortlisted research group Forensic Architecture teamed up with Chicago’s Invisible Institute to investigate the death of Augustus – a 37-year-old African-American barber who was shot dead by the Chicago Police

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Studio Gang clads Chicago high-rise in energy-saving concrete panels

September 9, 2019 Dezeen staff 0
Rieder Group concrete cladding on Solstice on the Park by Studio Gang

Dezeen promotion: materials developer Rieder has clad the facades of Solstice on the Park, a residential tower in Chicago designed by Studio Gang, in modular concrete panels. The tower, clad by Rieder, is named Solstice on the Park due to the distinctive angular forms cut from its south, park-facing facade. The form of the building has

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Thayer Brick House is hidden behind a brick screen

July 23, 2019 Jenna McKnight 0
Lipton Thayer Brick House in Chicago, Illinois by Brooks Scarpa

American firms Brooks + Scarpa and Studio Dwell have created a suburban Chicago home with an inner courtyard  screened from the road by “vertical twisting columns” of brick. The Thayer Brick House sits on a leafy street in Evanston, a college town just north of Chicago. Designed for an investment banker, the dwelling occupies a

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