Category Archives: Chicago

Legacy at the Chicago Architecture Biennial


Chicago has a long history of reinvention. After the Great Fire of 1871, the city has had to think big, dream boldly and push the boundaries of what is possible in the urban landscape. From the world’s first modern skyscraper to the iconic bungalow, Chicago has always used architecture and design to continually transform itself and its identity. This past weekend, marked another milestone for the city with the opening of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the first and largest exhibition in North America dedicated to contemporary architecture. Continue reading

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October Events


It’s officially fall, but the events aren’t slowing down. This October we are celebrating cities and design. Here are just a few events taking place this month:

Nuit Blanche
October 3, 2015
Toronto, CA

Chicago Biennial
October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Chicago, USA

CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
October 18 – 20, 2015
London, UK

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The Wabash Lights

The Wabash Lights – The Beta Test from Jack C. Newell on Vimeo.

The Wabash Lights,” a public-art idea from the minds of local designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger reached (and actually surpassed) its Kickstarter goal of $55,000 for its beta version on Monday. That means that the project’s system of interactive LEDs will soon illuminate Wabash Avenue underneath a portion of the train tracks between Monroe and Adams streets. Continue reading

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Double-decker Downtown Chicago

Exploring Chicago’s downtown “Loop” for the first time is a bit like stumbling into an M.C. Escher drawing with improbable dimensions and physical laws. This is the result of many of the streets near the Chicago River containing multiple levels. Descend through a portal in the sidewalk in most cities and you will find yourself in a subway station, but with Chicago’s rapid transit being mostly elevated through the Loop, a sidewalk portal is more likely to take you into a dark, noisy network of underground express streets and loading bays. Continue reading

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Chicago’s Comfortable Hard Edge

The Chicago River is a very urban waterway, about as far from ‘natural’ as any river gets. Over a century ago, it was so polluted that Chicagoans dug a canal to the Mississippi River and used the weight of Lake Michigan to flush tons of human waste and industrial by-products backwards through the Chicago River, downstream to Saint Louis (much to their displeasure) and beyond to the Gulf of Mexico. But lately, as industries have moved away for Interstate access and Sunbelt tax breaks, the water has become much cleaner and begun to look more like an asset to the city than a dirty open sewer.

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