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After falling into disrepair and closing nearly a decade ago, the Viceroy Hotel 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.
Patricia Saldana Natke, Principal of Urbanworks, 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 Green Trail “ Paseo”, proposed cultural anchors, and connectivity to the Chicago River.
Lee Bey shared his photography of the city’s modernist architecture and discussed the importance of documenting this unique architectural style.
Mark Sexton discusses his firm’s experience with projects as diverse as the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park to a new high security GSA building in South Florida.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, explains how it incorporates historic preservation, design, and cultural programming into its community development efforts on the West & South Sides of Chicago.
Ralph Johnson, Director of Design for Perkins + Will, discusses two large projects in Africa that Perkins + Will has designed.
Janet L. Attarian, project director at the Chicago Department of Transportation, discusses Make Way for People, a new program that promotes temporary or easily removable strategies for quickly and inexpensively creating new public space in the public right of way.
Very soon after the dawn of urban living, people have constructed spaces for viewing cities from above. This talk explores Chicago’s extraordinary history as a center for creating unique and imaginative functions for “spaces atop the city.”
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 Seven Most Threatened Historic Places of 2012.
Hear about the decisions and drama behind this Gold LEED Museum in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and how one of the city’s ugliest corners was transformed by a man who refused to throw in the towel.