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Old August 5th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #301
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I confess I'm puzzled by the opprobrium I see here for The Columbian and Vision on State, both of which seem to be perfectly handsome compositions. Is it just because they're not taut glass? I haven't yet seen a glass composition that handles the balcony problem very well.

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I would really like to see a creative, modernist reuse of concrete and stone that doesn't simply cheaply replicate older forms, but what would that be?
Besides Marina Tower, I've always been fond of SOM's Hartford Plaza, where the brise-soleils are organically integrated with the piers. Perhaps that's why Aqua appeals to me, because it displays the plasticity of concrete that characterized Nervi and Saarinen's best work.
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Old August 5th, 2007, 10:21 PM   #302
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AT&T Center? NBC Tower? Harold Washington Library Center?
Yes, those are good examples. Some of my favorite relatively recent buildings. Nothing of the sort should be built in GP unless it covers the tracks, since it would have to be above ground, but I guess I should shut up before I go even MORE off-topic.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #303
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Old August 6th, 2007, 02:05 AM   #305
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Bring back limestone!
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Old August 8th, 2007, 11:01 AM   #306
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I would really like to see a creative, modernist reuse of concrete and stone that doesn't simply cheaply replicate older forms, but what would that be? Marina City certainly fits that category.
Aqua, obviously...

Also, you said cheaply replicate... would you make an exception for an excellently-done replication? I've spent a couple of days in Tennessee, where they've really made a commitment to excellence in Classical design, at least for new public buildings. It's LIGHT-YEARS ahead of LaGrange's piddling designs.
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Old August 8th, 2007, 11:40 PM   #307
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I thought they were into like Neo-Classical designs as opposed to Beaux-arts though. Regardless, I'd rather see something either replicated well or something entirely new altogether.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #308
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Could you distinguish between neoclassical and Beaux-Arts? I've always heard them used interchangeably.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 03:16 AM   #309
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Neoclassical as in Ancient Greek and Roman revival. I always thought Beaux-arts was more art deco-like. If I had the wrong terms sorry, what I meant was that I'd like more greek and roman design elements.

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Old August 9th, 2007, 03:24 AM   #310
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I asked Almighty Google, and this is what I got:

"Taming the exuberance of the Beaux-Arts embellishments, Neo-Classical Revival relied more on Greek than Roman architectural orders. The power and authority conveyed by rows of colossal columns made these buildings well suited for banks, government offices, churches, and railroad stations. Absent are the statues, projecting facades, paired columns, and enriched moldings of the Beaux-Arts. Large arches are rare."

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Old August 11th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #311
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U of C expands plan for new pavilion
University of Chicago Medical Center expects to apply in January for state permission to build a $700-million hospital building. The 10-story pavilion would house 240 beds, operating rooms, radiology and other services. The project's scope has grown since officials first outlined it in 2005: Square footage is 68% larger at 838,000; the price tag crept up from roughly $500 million. [Mike Colias]
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Old August 13th, 2007, 09:37 PM   #312
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Everything but lunch on his plate
BY DAVID ROEDER


Proposed Chicago Children's Museum on East Randolph in Grant Park

Undecided, but said constituents mostly think, "It's a good-looking facility, but many people say it just doesn't fit in the park."
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Old August 17th, 2007, 05:50 PM   #313
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DuSable Harbor has a boathouse on horizon
Facility would have showers, restrooms

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
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The 3,500-square-foot boathouse facility, designed by Woodhouse Architects, will be located just east of Lake Shore Drive and midway between Randolph Street and the Chicago River.

It will feature a sloping, grass-covered "green" roof. Sliding glass panels will lead to an outdoor cafe overlooking the harbor. The facility also will have two sets of restrooms -- one serving boaters, the other for the public -- shower stalls, a retail store for boaters and the harbor master's office.
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Old August 18th, 2007, 02:50 PM   #314
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Chicago is alive with culture. Every corner of the city is literally bursting with cultural and artistic activity - with neighborhood dance troupes and community theater, jazz and blues musicians and symphony orchestras, sculptors, painters and writers - all contributing to the great excitement and ethnic diversity that makes Chicago so remarkable.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #315
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Piano's Art Institute of Chicago expansion, as of 18 Aug '07:

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Old August 19th, 2007, 08:11 PM   #316
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Thanks for the pic.

I can't wait till they start construction on the pedestrian bridge. That thing is going to be so unique and zany
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Thanks for the pic.

I can't wait till they start construction on the pedestrian bridge. That thing is going to be so unique and zany
Yeah - and the views should be awesome, too - should be able to see both the Mich. Ave. Streetwall and the lake.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 05:14 AM   #318
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Piano's Art Institute of Chicago expansion, as of 18 Aug '07:

any idea if the foot bridge to Mil Pk will be built concurrently or afterwards?
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Old August 21st, 2007, 06:33 AM   #319
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does anyone have a picture of what this bridge is supposed to look like? I keep hearing good things, but I don't see any.
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does anyone have a picture of what this bridge is supposed to look like? I keep hearing good things, but I don't see any.
Try this: http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/...5/17808169.jpg
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