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Was Frank Lloyd Wright's Visionary Architecture Sustainable?

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Over the seven decades of his long career, Frank Lloyd Wright created some of the most innovative buildings of the 20th century. But advances in build...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Most Endangered Historic Buildings

The Huffington Post | Jen Sabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A massive fire that ravaged the city in 1871 may have destroyed some valuable pieces of Chicago history, but in the years following the notorious blaz...

Chicago's Skyscraper Reign Coming To An End

Chicago News Cooperative | DANIEL LIBIT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago is facing another Second City moment: It soon will not be able to boast about having the tallest building in America. After nearly four dec...

Architecture's Terror and Wonder: A Conversation with Blair Kamin

Guy Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Guy Horton

Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, thoughtfully and provocatively defines the emotional and cultural dim...

PHOTOS: A Peek Inside An Innovative Glass Penthouse

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a modern high-rise built entirely from glass, steel and concrete? The Contemporaine building in River N...

PHOTOS: Condo On Sale In Mies Van Der Rohe Masterpiece

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

They're some of the most striking, and most divisive, pieces of architecture on Chicago's lakefront. They're designed by one of the most influential a...

PHOTOS: Chicago Mag Names Best Buildings In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For months, Chicago magazine has been running "Top 40" lists to celebrate their 40th anniversary and highlight the best Chicago films, music, art and ...

Bruce Graham Dies: Willis Tower, Hancock Center Architect Dies At Age 84

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Bruce J. Graham, the pioneering architect who designed the iconic Chicago skyscraper formerly named the Sears Tower, has died. He was ...

A Letter From Concerned Citizens to Mayor Daley

Jim Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jim Peters

The disappointment over the loss of the 2016 Olympics should not prevent Chicagoans from realizing a great opportunity -- the redevelopment of the former Michael Reese Hospital Campus.

Chicago Tears Down a Mies

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

This week, powers that be in Chicago will demolish a little work by Mies van der Rohe. A small part of his extraordinarily important campus for the Illinois Institute of Technology will bite the dust.

Is a "Green" McMansion Socially Acceptable?

Mairi Beautyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mairi Beautyman

Is any green step a step in the right direction? How do we differentiate between progress and just plain treading water?

How to Make the Art Institute's New Modern Wing Even Better

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

If New York can close a part of Broadway, why can't Chicago close a part of Monroe?

Tour the New Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

With a stunning addition by architect Renzo Piano -- filled with natural light and beautifully detailed-- the Art Institute of Chicago becomes the sec...

Going, Going, Gone? Will Chicago Tear Down Buildings by Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius?

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

The best way to promote sustainable, environmentally responsible architecture is to adaptively reuse buildings where possible. The Michael Reese campus is the perfect place.

Millennium Park Burnham Centennial Pavilions Unveiled

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicagoans got their first glimpse late Tuesday of the two temporary pavilions designed by internally-celebrated architects that will setup shop in Mi...

High-Speed Rail Station Design Competition Winners Announced

Chicago Tribune | Blair Kamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If the dream of turning Chicago into a high-speed rail hub ever came true, would the station be an anonymous piece of infrastructure or would it give ...

A Preview of the Bigger, Better (Alas, More Expensive) Art Institute of Chicago

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

When the Modern Wing opens it will drastically change our perceptions the area. Combined with Millennium Park, we now have a stronger than ever cultural presence in that part of downtown.

Chicago's Worst Buildings Of The Year

Chicago Tribune | Blair Kamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This rogues gallery of condominium and apartment towers, all either new or completed in the last few years, reveal a trend that Chicago's boosters wil...

Trump Tower Spire To Be Installed Saturday

Chicago Tribune | Blair Kamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The helicopter installation of the spire atop Donald Trump's Chicago tower was moving ahead Friday, with the installation scheduled to start Saturday ...

IIT Architecture Students Produce Important New Work at Ragdale

Jane Dwyre Garton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jane Dwyre Garton

Rebuilding the Meadow Studio at Ragdale, home of an artists' community in Lake Forest, turned out to be a classic Ragdale experience for a dozen Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students.

Economy Effecting Building Design: Architects

Chicago Public Radio | Lynette Kalsnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's a city known for its architecture. And it seems to be constantly changing and growing. But what's striking now, is how much the skyline's st...

Trump Spire Installation Delayed, Again

Chicago Tribune | Blair Kamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This is beginning to sound like a broken record: The installation of the spire atop Donald Trump's 92-story Chicago hotel and condo tower has been put...

Trump Sues Deutsche Bank Over Tower

Reuters | Grant McCool and Matthew Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Luxury hotel and resort developer Donald Trump sued Deutsche Bank and several other banks on Monday, demanding $3 billion in damages, claiming they br...

Economy Stops Chicago Skyline Expansion

Chicago Tribune | Blair Kamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A big chill is about to hit the city of big shoulders. In the wake of the global credit crisis, Chicago's once-superheated skyline--radically transfo...

Trump Tower Hits Snags

The Wall Street Journal | Alex Frangos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Donald Trump's tallest construction project ever is facing some tall challenges. Many real-estate developers are under pressure these days as lenders...