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National premiere on public television: April 2014.

Architects Chosen for Chicago’s Lucas Museum

Architects for the highly anticipated Lucas Museum in Chicago have been named: Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects; and VOA Associates. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin has the details: Ma Yansong, founder of the Beijing firm MAD...
Posted On 28 Jul 2014
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Proposals for the Obama Library Are In

Presidential libraries are a fascinating part of our national building stock. While they are not “libraries” in the traditional sense, these repositories preserve and make accessible to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that offer a unique glimpse...

Cool Spaces! at the 2014 AIA Convention

Highlights from Stephen’s trip to Chicago to host the 2014 AIA Convention. Below, the text of his speech that opened the event. ++++++++++ Hog Butcher for the World,
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Posted On 01 Jul 2014

Chicago Announces Major Architecture Event

Big architecture news out of Chicago yesterday — and coming from a city widely regarded for its embrace of great buildings, that’s saying something. In 2015, Chicago will create an architecture biennial. This is amazing and exciting news! In the fall of 2015, the inaugural...
Posted On 25 Jun 2014
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Public Space: A Canvas for the Masses

While many cities’ public spaces may not leave the most memorable impressions, art commissioning can play an important role in transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, as the following current and upcoming exhibitions demonstrate. Thanks to a new public art installation,...

A Noted Wright House is Bach in Business

For the architecture aficionado who has ever dreamed of staying overnight in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, good news: The fully restored Emil Bach House along Chicago’s lakefront has reopened for business and is available for rental. Harboe Architects was enlisted for the...