WBEZ | Lecture Hall Gallery http://www.wbez.org/best-our-knowledge Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Historic Preservation, Design, and Cultural Programming for Neighborhood Change http://www.wbez.org/historic-preservation-design-and-cultural-programming-neighborhood-change-104605 <p><p>Join <strong>Charles Leeks</strong> and <strong>Matt Cole</strong> from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, to learn about how NHS is continuing to incorporate historic preservation, design, and cultural programming into its community development efforts on the West &amp; South Sides of Chicago. Charles and Matt will provide an update on NHS&#39; Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative, as well as NHS&#39; recent Cornerstones of Community collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p><div>This program is part of Lunch Talks @ CAF, a weekly lecture series that takes place every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Further information and resources on this topic are available on our website at <a href="http://www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline">www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline</a>.</div></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/historic-preservation-design-and-cultural-programming-neighborhood-change-104605 Urban Interventions for Placemaking: Making Walkable Streets for Healthy Neighborhoods http://www.wbez.org/urban-interventions-placemaking-making-walkable-streets-healthy-neighborhoods-103403 <p><p>Make Way for People is a new program launched by the Chicago Department of Transportation that promotes temporary or easily removable strategies for quickly and inexpensively creating new public space in the public right of way. The program consists of four initiatives: People Spots, People Streets, People Plazas, and People Alleys. <strong>Janet L. Attarian</strong>, project director at the Chicago Department of Transportation,&nbsp;will discuss how this program was developed, review the projects implemented to date, and how the Department is evaluating these initiatives and setting guidelines for further expansion.</p><div>This program is part of Lunch Talks @ CAF, a weekly lecture series that takes place every Wednesday at 12:15pm at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Further information and resources on this topic are available on our website at <a href="http://www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline">www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/urban-interventions-placemaking-making-walkable-streets-healthy-neighborhoods-103403 The Sullivan Center as Souvenir: An Exciting Re-Design for Target http://www.wbez.org/sullivan-center-souvenir-exciting-re-design-target-103380 <p><p>Join <strong>Mary Shaffer</strong>, lead design project manager for Target Architecture, who led the architecture and engineering team on the interior re-design of the 1899 Louis Sullivan designed former Carson Pirie Scott Building at State and Madison Streets. Mary will share information about the process Target undertook to preserve elements of the historic building while addressing its retailing needs and incorporating branding elements of a Target Store shopping experience.</p><div>This program is part of Lunch Talks @ CAF, a weekly lecture series that takes place every Wednesday at 12:15pm at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Further information and resources on this topic are available on our website at www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline.</div></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sullivan-center-souvenir-exciting-re-design-target-103380 Secret Spaces atop Chicago, a Cultural History of the Urge to Climb Above the City http://www.wbez.org/secret-spaces-atop-chicago-cultural-history-urge-climb-above-city-101797 <p><p>Almost since the dawn of urban living, people have constructed spaces for viewing cities from above. This talk explores Chicago&rsquo;s extraordinary history as a center for creating unique and imaginative functions for &ldquo;spaces atop the city.&rdquo; Theses spaces &ldquo;above&rdquo; have served as observation decks open to all to such unanticipated functions as places to pose for photographs above the city, gathering spots for extraordinary clubs, sites for daredevil stunts, pinnacles for conveying power and communication, and eye-catching emblems. In recent years, Chicago has become, once again, a center of innovative ideas for how to use &quot;spaces atop the city&quot; in adventurous new ways. The lecture is a preview of<strong> Tony Macaluso</strong>&rsquo;s forthcoming book to be published by Hat and Beard Press in the spring of 2014.</p></p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/secret-spaces-atop-chicago-cultural-history-urge-climb-above-city-101797 Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places 2012—What is the Cost of Preservation? http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-04/chicago%E2%80%99s-7-most-threatened-historic-places-2012%E2%80%94what-cost-preservation <p><p>What is the cost of losing or saving Chicago’s past? In this widely anticipated annual event, Preservation Chicago reveals its list of Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2012. The purpose of this program is to draw attention to the importance of the chosen historic buildings and districts, and to indicate how the efforts of Preservation Chicago and neighborhood residents will be directed toward preserving them. Past "Chicago 7" announcements have played no small part in the eventual landmarking of irreplaceable buildings and spaces such as The Richard Nickel Studio, 444 N. LaSalle Street, and the Wicker Park Commercial District.</p><p>This event will feature <strong>Jonathan Fine</strong>, executive director of Preservation Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:45:13 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-04/chicago%E2%80%99s-7-most-threatened-historic-places-2012%E2%80%94what-cost-preservation Leslie Goddard: Remembering Marshall Field's http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-09/leslie-goddard-remembering-marshall-fields <p><p>For more than 150 years, Marshall Field and Co. reigned as Chicago's leading department store. This illustrated talk traces the store's history from its beginnings as a dry good store on Lake Street in 1852 into a world-class fashion and service trendsetter renowned for its elegance and exceptional customer service. Photographs, ads, postcards, and memorabilia trace the store's history and its cherished traditions—the Walnut Room, the Christmas tree, the legendary window displays, the 28 shop, and, of course, Frango Mints. This lecture is based on <strong>Leslie Goddard</strong>'s book, <em>Remembering Marshall Field's</em>, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. This book is available for purchase in the Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop. A book signing follows the lecture.</p></p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:12:32 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-09/leslie-goddard-remembering-marshall-fields Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-11/low-key-genius-life-and-work-landscape-gardener-oc-simonds <p><p>As the Victorian age gave way to the Progressive Era, Chicago designer O.C. Simonds (1855–1931) was a seminal figure in the naturalistic landscape movement and the first to popularize the use of native plants. The original partner of William Holabird, he was instrumental in shaping Graceland Cemetery’s landscape for over 50 years, consulted at Lincoln Park, created the University of Chicago campus in 1902, collaborated with Pond and Pond on Frank Orren and Florence Pullman’s Sinnissippi Farm, and designed hundreds of other projects.</p><p>Join <strong>Barbara Geiger</strong>, author of <em>Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds</em>, for this illustrated presentation. A book signing will follow the lecture.</p></p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-11/low-key-genius-life-and-work-landscape-gardener-oc-simonds Louis Sullivan: Tragedy and Triumph http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-14/louis-sullivan-tragedy-and-triumph <p><p>From 1880 to 1895, Louis Sullivan and his partner, Dankmar Adler, headed one of the country’s most creative and successful architectural practices. Known for their expertise in theater design, they designed the Auditorium Building, which included not only a magnificent theater but a hotel and office block as well. While they didn’t invent the tall building, Sullivan was among the first to find a way to celebrate its height. Sadly, after the partnership dissolved in 1895, Sullivan found it increasingly difficult to get commissions without his more diplomatic partner, but he stubbornly maintained his artistic principles until his death in 1924. Using both historic and new images, <strong>Patrick F. Cannon</strong>, author of <em>Louis Sullivan: Tragedy and Triumph</em>, will explore Sullivan’s life and work. Photographer <strong>James Caulfield</strong> will also be on hand to answer questions about his photographs.</p></p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:18:28 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-14/louis-sullivan-tragedy-and-triumph The Road to Community: The Houses and Housing of Bertrand Goldberg http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-09/road-community-houses-and-housing-bertrand-goldberg <p><p>Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg (1913–1997) is primarily associated with large-scale urban projects such as Marina City and River City here in Chicago, but his first two decades of practice produced a remarkable range of experimental designs for modern living and community planning. Based on the Art Institute exhibition and catalogue, "Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention," this lecture positions Goldberg’s early residential designs as important precursors to his later engagement with issues of affordable housing and urban development. This presentation will reflect sketches, photographs, and models drawn from the Art Institute of Chicago’s Bertrand Goldberg collection and archives together with those from the Harvard Art and varied private collections. <strong>Alison Fisher</strong>, the Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, will present this illustrated talk and sign copies of the publication, <em>Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention</em> immediately following the presentation.</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:48:15 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-09/road-community-houses-and-housing-bertrand-goldberg Saving the Gingerbread District in Port-au-Prince, Haiti http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-05/saving-gingerbread-district-port-au-prince-haiti <p><p>The Caribbean island of Haiti, the setting of the devastating December 2009 earthquake, has a rich and unique wealth of architectural heritage in the form of their "gingerbread houses." This building form, named by American tourists in the 1970s, is composed of building types and stylistic forms which originated in France, where many of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Haitian architects were trained.<br> <br> <strong>Stephen J. Kelley</strong>, AIA, NCARB, and principal of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., has visited Haiti twice at the request of the World Monuments Fund in order to assess the condition of the Gingerbread House Historic District in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake and collaborate on approaches to preservation. Kelly will present information on this building heritage and his work to preserve examples of it.</p><p>Programs are only 45 minutes in length, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. These lectures are made possible in part by a donation in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999. CAF is an AIA, CES, and CCGT Green Tech U registered provider. AIA continuing education units are available for attending this lecture.</p></p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:35:10 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-05/saving-gingerbread-district-port-au-prince-haiti