WBEZ | Chicago Architecture Foundation http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-architecture-foundation Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Make Plans! Pilsen Sprints Forward http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/make-plans-pilsen-sprints-forward-107182 <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;</p><p><strong>Patricia Saldana Natke</strong>, Principal of Urbanworks, &nbsp;presents an inspiring master plan and recent lasting changes made 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><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CAF-webstory_6.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><br />Recorded live Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the&nbsp;Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall.</div></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/make-plans-pilsen-sprints-forward-107182 Mod Squad Chicago - Chicago at Midcentury: Images by Lee Bey http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/mod-squad-chicago-chicago-midcentury-images-lee-bey-106961 <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 mid-century modernist architecture. Bey shared his photography of the city&#39;s modernist architecture and discussed the importance of documenting this unique architectural style. The program was part of Lunch Talks @ CAF, a weekly lecture series that takes place every Wednesday at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CAF-webstory_5.jpg" title="" /></p><p>Recorded live March 20, 2013 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.</p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/mod-squad-chicago-chicago-midcentury-images-lee-bey-106961 Historic Preservation, Design, and Cultural Programming for Neighborhood Change http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/historic-preservation-design-and-cultural-programming-neighborhood-change <p><p><strong>Charles Leeks</strong> and <strong>Matt Cole</strong> from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, explain 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 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><p>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.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CAF-webstory_2.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall.</p></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/historic-preservation-design-and-cultural-programming-neighborhood-change Small World Big Projects - Perkins + Will http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/small-world-big-projects-perkins-will-105865 <p><p><strong>Ralph Johnson</strong>, Director of Design for Perkins + Will, discusses two large projects in Africa that Perkins + Will has designed, the new campus for the Universidad Agostinho Neto in Luanda, Angola (completed in 2011) and 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><p>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.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CAF-webstory_3.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Wednesday, December 19, 2013 at the&nbsp;Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall.</p></p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/small-world-big-projects-perkins-will-105865 Architectural sketches of South Shore http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-16/architectural-sketches-south-shore-86632 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-17/South Shore blgd_Lee Bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-17/P5073342.jpg" style="width: 497px; height: 323px;" title=""></p><p>I took a photostroll recently through a section of South Shore.</p><p>The neighborhood has a wealth of fine residential and pre-war commercial architecture that goes largely unsung--at least by many of those who aren't from the area. The folks who live there know what they've got, but more on that later.</p><p>Let's begin at the top of the post with a two-story retail building--with second story apartments--on 71st Street.It is a handsome brick-and-terra-cotta structure. The rounded first floor store entrance is a welcoming presence on the wide intersection. The Metra Electric travels on the rails in the foreground.&nbsp;</p><p>The home below is in South Shore's Jackson Highlands subsection, where the broad lawns and larger homes resemble the stuff you'd see in Oak Park, Beverly or other largely middle-to-upper middle class areas built before World War II.&nbsp;</p><p>I'm digging that Dutch gambrel roof and the well-cut shrubbery (although depending on your monitor, you might be getting unfortunate <em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern">moire</a></em> lines across the brickwork):</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-17/P5073351.jpg" style="width: 472px; height: 420px;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Look at this Florentine beauty at 70th and Constance, also in the Jackson Highlands. The 84-year-old home boasts a Mediterranean tile roof and some traffic-stopping exterior brickwork.</p><p>Louis Richardson, vice president of the Rock Island Railroad, built the house in 1927, but died four years later. His widow, Mahala, died in 1934 at the age of 56:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-17/P5073356.jpg" style="width: 507px; height: 592px;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The home is the work of architects Betts, Holcomb &amp; Baron. Holcomb &amp; Baron is a firm that also designed movie theaters.&nbsp; Looks like the house suffered some interior fire damage. Workers were their either cleaning it or fixing it when I walked by.</p><p>Meawhile, gaze (because mere "looking" hardly suffices) at the home's main entrance:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-17/P5073359.jpg" style="width: 439px; height: 658px;" title=""></p><p>I took the photostroll with South Shore residents who are newly-trained as neighborhood docents by the <a href="http://caf.architecture.org/">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a>.</p><p>It's a <a href="http://www.southshorechamberinc.org/blog/?p=361">new program</a> in which the organization partners with community leaders to raise up local experts--the folks who already know what they've got--and give them the docent skills to lead tours, identify and talk about the buildings and important places in their neighborhoods. In their own voice. And with their own stories.</p><p>The program soon will expand to include Chatham and other neighborhoods.</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 04:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-16/architectural-sketches-south-shore-86632 Dear Chicago: Rebuild our historic commercial streets http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/dear-chicago-rebuild-our-historic-commercial-streets-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/David Walker screen shot 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If the Loop is Chicago&rsquo;s economic engine, architect David Walker wants to make sure there&rsquo;s a miniature version of the bustling commercial and retail hub in every city neighborhood. Walker works on planning projects that are rooted in community development and thinks deeply about the best ways to sustain Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods. He&rsquo;s especially concerned with the well-being of Woodlawn, the South Side neighborhood where he lives and owns a home.</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/dear-chicago-rebuild-our-historic-commercial-streets-0 Dear Chicago: Rebuild our historic commercial streets http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/dear-chicago-rebuild-our-historic-commercial-streets <p><p><iframe height="338" frameborder="0" width="601" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20530142?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>If the Loop is Chicago&rsquo;s economic engine, architect David Walker wants to make sure there&rsquo;s a miniature version of the bustling commercial and retail hub in every city neighborhood. Walker works on planning projects that are rooted in community development and thinks deeply about the best ways to sustain Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods. He&rsquo;s especially concerned with the well-being of Woodlawn, the South Side neighborhood where he lives and owns a home.</p><p>Some city neighborhoods have economic engines roaring full speed ahead. Lincoln Park has Armitage Avenue and Halsted Street; Pilsen has 18th St. and Little Village has 26th St. On these stretches shoppers find the kinds of stores, services and restaurants that sustain a neighborhood and make it possible to shop without leaving the community. But in Woodlawn, as in many parts of the city&rsquo;s South and West Sides, historic commercial corridors have fallen into disrepair or they are shadows of their former selves.</p><p>Here, Walker explains why he wants Chicago&rsquo;s new mayor and city council to make rebuilding the city&rsquo;s historic commercial streets a priority.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Partnerships Program</a>. David Walker was nominated for the series by the <a href="http://caf.architecture.org/">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a>.</div></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/dear-chicago-rebuild-our-historic-commercial-streets Dear Chicago: Fill empty lots http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-architecture-foundation/dear-chicago-fill-empty-lots <p><br> <div id="PictoBrowser120123142208">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "530", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: From empty space to space where we come together"); so.addVariable("userName", "Chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628999236987"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "top"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "68"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123142208"); </script><div>When 23-year-old Darmika Ford looks out her home window, she imagines a community garden brimming with flowers, produce and community cooperation, but what she actually sees is nothing like that vision. Instead, she sees a vacant lot. Ford estimates there are at least 40 such lots in her West Garfield Park neighborhood, but her community is not alone; the City of Chicago website lists over 13,000 city-owned vacant land properties for sale. Ford has created sketches of how some of these places could be transformed into community gardens.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A graduate of Illinois State University, Ford was born and raised in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood and lives there today. She works for an organization called Public Allies, an apprenticeship program that sends young adults to work as community service leaders at non profit institutions. Public Allies placed Ford at the Gary Comer Youth Center, which is well known for its striking community rooftop garden. That garden sets a high standard that Ford admires and hopes to see repeated with Chicago’s vacant lots.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago,</em></div><div><em>I would like the new mayor to address the excessive vacancies in overlooked communities in the City of Chicago.This issue has an effect on what comes into this community and what goes out of it. If the lots are not being kept, it makes it appear as if the community is not being kept. I believe that turning these vacant lots over to the communities would increase community pride and cooperation, and you would see more positives because things are getting done. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>For example, one day I was in a car, and we were riding past Madison and Pulaski. I saw residents creating their own Christmas tree inside a vacant lot with little decorations. It was so cute! They had a table with bags and it looked like they had hot chocolate. And that just represents the people that live here, because it’s some great people that live here. And I said: “See? We make small use of what we got.”</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>Residents could use these vacant lots as outlets for things like neighborhood artwork, murals, decorative colorful benches, and outdoor sculptures. These types of activities would be valuable in uplifting neighborhoods’ cultural existence and increasing the growth and service of these neighborhoods.</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>Residents could use these lots for creating community-driven gardens that plant seeds of community pride and demonstrate what each of these communities represents.</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>I’ve been doing community gardening since 2009, when I finished college. And what I remember about that experience is that it taught the residents responsibility and accountability. I saw a change in their attitude towards working together. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>I believe that communities as a whole will change. A lot of people will take more initiative in trying to work together to keep their neighborhoods clean and healthy. Community gardens don’t always have to be a place for producing food. They could just be community beautification spaces, where people can go to read and relax and not have to go outside their community. Everyone that was employed at the community gardens I have worked at were from that particular community. There are people in these areas that love their communities and are willing to improve it. </em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ’s Partnership Program. Darmika Ford was nominated for the series by <a href="http://caf.architecture.org/">Chicago Architecture Foundation</a>.</div></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-architecture-foundation/dear-chicago-fill-empty-lots Redeveloping Wacker Drive, and Chicago’s riverfront http://www.wbez.org/story/architecture/redeveloping-wacker-drive-and-chicago%E2%80%99s-riverfront <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/riverwalk dan perry.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="../../../../../../blog/justin-kaufmann/video-sarah-jindra-gives-birds-eye-view-wacker-drive-traffic">Traffic has been snarled</a> in the Loop this week thanks to the second phase of <a href="http://www.wackerdrive.org/projects.cfm">Revive Wacker Drive</a>, a major reconstruction of the famous double-decker street. This three year, $366 million endeavor will shore up the stability of the north-south portion of the roadway and will rebuild the Congress Parkway interchange that leads to I-90/94 and I-290.</p> <div>The first phase of Wacker&rsquo;s redevelopment started in 1999 with improvements to the east-west portion of the street. And although it was not the project&rsquo;s primary goal, a second set of redevelopment opportunities arose along the Chicago River. Wacker Drive is just one part of the complex built environment along the river, and Mayor Daley encouraged the project managers to reclaim some of the area in front of the river for public use. You can see the results in the form of the Chicago Riverwalk, which runs along the east-west portion of Wacker near the Michigan Ave. bridge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Riverwalk was the first part of a patchwork of plans past and future to improve public access to the downtown portion of the Chicago River. The city&rsquo;s vision for the riverfront was laid out in a 2009 plan developed by Chicago firm <a href="http://www.som.com/content.cfm/www_home">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> and includes wide pathways for walking and biking, a new market district, and theater space. If completed, the project would transform the face of Chicago&rsquo;s downtown. (You can see the entire Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill proposal in the extras section below.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>One key player in drafting plans for future improvements to the riverfront was Michelle Woods. Woods describes herself as a &ldquo;bridge builder,&rdquo; and in this case her meaning is literal. She is a bridge engineer for the Chicago Department of Transportation and was so heavily involved with the development of the under-bridge connections at Michigan and Wabash Avenues in 2009 that she joked they should rename the bridge &ldquo;Michelligan Ave.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt posted above, Woods explains what it took to transform the riverfront area along East and West Wacker. (Among other things it took creating new land in the middle of the river and securing an act of Congress.) It&rsquo;s a good reminder of how much work would be involved in developing the north-south portion of the river along Wacker, too. But if you&rsquo;ve been stuck in traffic this week you probably already knew that.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Michelle Woods spoke to an audience at the </em><a href="http://caf.architecture.org/"><em>Chicago Architecture Foundation</em></a><em> in May of 2010. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../episode-segments/chicago-riverwalk"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear her talk in its entirety, and click </em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast. </em></div></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 17:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/architecture/redeveloping-wacker-drive-and-chicago%E2%80%99s-riverfront