WBEZ | Chicago Architecture Foundation http://www.wbez.org/venues/chicago-architecture-foundation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sakura in Chicago: 120 Years of US-Japan Relations http://www.wbez.org/sakura-chicago-120-years-us-japan-relations-107001 <p><p>Since the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Chicago has maintained The Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park as a place where visitors can learn about Japan and experience Japanese culture, opening the doors for vibrant economic, political, and cultural exchange. 120 years later, the garden is an enduring symbol of collaboration and diplomacy between Chicago and Japan. Join The Chicago Council&rsquo;s panel of policy and urban architecture experts to explore the progress of the physical and political landscapes of our city and to celebrate the blooming fruits of the seeds of diplomacy.</p><div><strong>Josh Rogin</strong> is a senior staff writer and the author of daily web column, &ldquo;<em>The Cable</em>,&rdquo; at Foreign Policy, covering national security and foreign policy. Previously, he covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, US-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Kulapat Yantrasast</strong> is the cofounder and principal of wHY Architecture which began in 2003. In 2007, wHY completed the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, which became the first new LEED Gold museum in the world. Current projects include the expansion and renovation of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and a series of gallery design and collection installations at the Harvard Art Museum.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/Files/Event/FY13/05_May_13/Sakura_in_Chicago__120_Years_of_US-Japanese_Relations.aspx">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sakura-chicago-120-years-us-japan-relations-107001 Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of the Viceroy Hotel http://www.wbez.org/preservation-and-adaptive-reuse-viceroy-hotel-106987 <p><p>For individuals confronting homelessness, a permanent home with supportive services works. Harvest Commons Apartments, formerly known as the Viceroy Hotel, is an affordable residential project and a historic, green rehabilitation on Chicago&#39;s Near West Side. After falling into disrepair and closing nearly a decade ago, this Chicago Landmark building will reopen this year to include a social enterprise café, an urban farm, and a teaching kitchen out of which Heartland Housing will provide classes to residents about nutrition and food preparation. <strong>Hume An</strong> and <strong>Jeff Bone</strong> will discuss the redevelopment team&#39;s commitment to better understand the needs of tenants and to offer relevant programming that will allow residents to rebuild and enrich their lives. Harvest Commons Apartments is part of a broader discussion on the benefits of a single room occupancy.</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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Further information and resources on this topic are available on our website at <a href="http://www.architecture.org/lunch">www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline</a>.</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/preservation-and-adaptive-reuse-viceroy-hotel-106987 Lunch Talks@CAF: Make Plans! Pilsen Sprints Forward http://www.wbez.org/lunch-talkscaf-make-plans-pilsen-sprints-forward-106320 <p><p>Pilsen is a neighborhood located in the residential Lower West Side community in Chicago. In the late 19th century it was inhabited by Germans, Irish, Czech, Polish and Lithuanian immigrants. Mexican immigrants and Latinos became a majority in 1970 as the neighborhood served as a port of entry. The legacy of uneven development throughout major cities, including Chicago, has left various neighborhoods vulnerable to uneven stabilization. Yet Pilsen sprints forward as a &ldquo;Think and Do&rdquo; community. &nbsp;Come hear <strong>Patricia Saldana Natke</strong>, Principal of Urbanworks, &nbsp;present an inspiring master plan and recent lasting change through Transit Oriented Development, a new student dormitory at the Pink Line Stop, planning visions for a &nbsp;Green Trail &ldquo; Paseo&rdquo;, &nbsp;proposed cultural &nbsp;anchors, and connectivity to the Chicago River.</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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Further information and resources on this topic are available on our website at <a href="http://www.architecture.org/lunch">www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline.</a></div></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/lunch-talkscaf-make-plans-pilsen-sprints-forward-106320 Mod Squad Chicago Chicago at Midcentury: Images by Lee Bey http://www.wbez.org/mod-squad-chicago-chicago-midcentury-images-lee-bey-105813 <p><p><strong>Lee Bey</strong> has had a distinguished career in the built environment as an architecture critic, mayoral advisor, adjunct professor and civic leader. But he is also a published and exhibited architectural photographer who has documented the city&#39;s midcentury modernist architecture. Bey will share his photography of the city&#39;s modernist architecture and will discuss the importance of everyone to play a role in documenting this unique architectural style.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><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 <a href="http://www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline" target="_blank">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/mod-squad-chicago-chicago-midcentury-images-lee-bey-105813 Lunch Talks@CAF http://www.wbez.org/lunch-talkscaf-105294 <p><p>The technological improvements in glass over the last 20 years have had a dramatic effect on architectural design and engineering. Glass is among the most chameleon of materials because of its breakable/structural/ transparent/ opaque properties. <strong>Mark Sexton</strong> will discuss his firms experience with projects as diverse as the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park to a new high security GSA building in South Florida.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Further information and resources on this topic are available on our <a href="http://www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline">website.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/lunch-talkscaf-105294 Lunch Talks@CAF: Small World Big Projects - Perkins + Will http://www.wbez.org/lunch-talkscaf-small-world-big-projects-perkins-will-104116 <p><p>Join us for a look at and discussion of two large projects in Africa&nbsp;designed by Perkins + Will: the new campus for the Universidad Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola, completed in 2011 and the recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award in 2009; and a Women and Children&rsquo;s Wellness Centre in Nairobi, Kenya (to be completed in 2013) and recipient of the AIA National Healthcare Design Award 2012 and World Architecture News Awards (Unbuilt) Healthcare Sector, 2011.</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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Further information and resources on this topic are available on the CAF&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architecture.org/LunchTalksOnline">website.</a></div></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/lunch-talkscaf-small-world-big-projects-perkins-will-104116 Rethinking Soup (on the Road): Designing Food Diversity in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/rethinking-soup-road-designing-food-diversity-chicago-101798 <p><p>In celebration of Food Day, which seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, join us for delicious free soup and bread (provided by the Jane Addams Hull&ndash;House Museum) at Chicago Architecture Foundation and a lively conversation that addresses food diversity in Chicago&rsquo;s built environment. How do food trucks benefit Chicago and how could they be used in innovative ways? What was the impact and outcome of Chicago Architecture for Humanity&ndash;Chicago&rsquo;s design for 2011 Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market&mdash;a city bus that became a market on wheels to provide fresh produce to some of Chicago&rsquo;s food deserts? What is the significance of heirloom seed libraries and how does this relate to the mission of historic preservation at the Hull&ndash;House Museum and design for change? Speakers include: <strong>Karen Weigert</strong>, City of Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer; <strong>Laura Bowe</strong>, co-director of Architecture for Humanity-Chicago; and <strong>Lisa Lee</strong>, director of the Hull&ndash;House Museum. This program is presented in collaboration with the Hull&ndash;House Museum as part of their ongoing Rethinking Soup series at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/rethinking-soup-road-designing-food-diversity-chicago-101798