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Old December 1st, 2009, 04:56 AM   #601
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^ You can't build on property unless you own or lease it.

Also, looking at that pic it looks like they are using the existing building.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 11:22 PM   #602
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 07:49 AM   #603
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Over the weekend I was told that the façade glass colors are based on the SMPTE target:

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Old December 24th, 2009, 06:39 AM   #604
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Simulcra, if you haven't been to campus lately it looks... different.

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It might just be the rendering... The new 10 story biomedical building is just to the east, as is the fairly tall Cummings center.
The Knapp Center, due to its reflectiveness, is quite prominent on the skyline in a way that darker, skinnier Cummings isn't. (Urban legend around campus is that Cummings is actually a little taller than Rockefeller, due to mismeasurement.) The original plans for the new hospital pavilion envisioned a building about as big as the DCAM, both in floor and site area; the new plans call for something more than twice the size, yet on the same site -- and hence 50% taller. It will be pretty unavoidably big in several views of campus -- say, looking south from the ballfields.

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It seems that the sidewalk will still be too wide. I realize that they might want to have campus security cars driving on these walkways, but the thing could be narrower and allow a car to use the walk.
The whole thing is a walkway. The middle panels are made of pervious aggregate paving, the outer parts are pavers. It's now Chicago's largest pedestrian mall!
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Old December 25th, 2009, 06:59 AM   #605
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Over the weekend I was told that the façade glass colors are based on the SMPTE target:

I'll believe it...Haha. For what seems like such a quick construction, the building turned out really well. I love the lobby too. Plus, I'm always a fan of another green roof and this one's got it.

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Old December 26th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #606
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^Not a joke about the SMPTE target. Various building features are illustrations of cinematic devices such as frame-within-a-frame, etc.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:22 PM   #607
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New theater spaces coming in '10
January 06, 2010
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...Of Chicago's major institutions, the only one with big plans on the books is Steppenwolf Theatre, which is in the very early planning stages of an expansion, probably filling in that surface lot directly to the south of the theater and also involving the unfinished parking garage farther south. Look for greatly expanded audience facilities, perhaps drawing on the model of Britain's National Theatre, with its bars, restaurants, bookstores and lecture spaces. Or that, at least, is what I think Steppenwolf should do, for the cultural betterment of Chicago.
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Old January 24th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #608
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A visual tour of Columbia's new media production center
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Old January 24th, 2010, 10:57 PM   #609
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Is the exterior of the Media Production Center completely done? I hope they don't leave the concrete exposed. It'd look more complete if it was painted or had some siding on it. From afar, aside from the front glass walls, the whole building concrete exterior looks crappy.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 08:04 AM   #610
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Media Production Center Opens for Classes

Columbia College Chicago's new 35,500-square-foot Media Production Center (MPC), the first new-construction building erected in the college’s 120-year history, opens to students with the beginning of spring semester classes January 25, 2010. The opening comes just 13 months after the initial groundbreaking.

Designed from the ground up to accommodate a new way of teaching filmmaking and media production for the twenty-first century, the project saw its beginnings in conversations that began in 2001, shortly after Warrick Carter began his tenure as president of the college and made the creation of a state-of-the-art production facility one of his priorities. The project gained momentum when Allen Turner, a partner in the Pritzker Organization, became Chairman of Columbia’s Board of Trustees in 2005, acting as a catalyst to bring the project to fruition.

The innovative structure is a model for the incorporation of sustainable design and construction processes, a hallmark of architect Jeanne Gang / Studio Gang Architects. One such element is the green roof that covers 50 percent of the building. The facility also commemorates Chicago’s long role in the history of filmmaking, incorporating a 25-foot terra-cotta arch salvaged from the former Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, a parent of Paramount Pictures, whose facilities once stood nearby.

The building is anchored by a 7,350-square-foot main soundstage, with a 2,085-square-foot motion-capture studio as well as a smaller soundstage, prop and wardrobe studios, classrooms, an outdoor dock for the college’s remote media truck, a rooftop terrace, and a lofty, glass-walled lobby that acts as an informal gathering space for students.

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Old January 28th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #611
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/0...Camera._Action.

Lights. Camera. Action.

01/27/2010 10:00 PM
By MICAH MAIDENBERG


A few minutes past 8:30 on Monday morning, David Moravec, an instructor in Columbia College’s film department, asked his students to get on their feet and stand on either side of a beam of light that shone from a stage lamp after the overhead lights went out.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #612
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A little old but still

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2...tion-movedec25

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s blueprint for growth

By Pam Defiglio
December 25, 2009


The Chicago Architecture Foundation can’t get much more visible – it’s on Michigan Avenue in a Daniel Burnham-designed building – but it would like almost twice the current space and to be able to charge admission to help the budget.

That means a decision must be made to revamp the disjointed space at 224 S. Michigan Ave. or move. Under study for two years and with its lease up in March 2011, the foundation expects to decide within three months.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 03:36 AM   #613
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The staircase reminds me of two things:
1. The cafeteria inside UIC Circle Center/Student Center East. In the cafeteria, the steps are designed as permanent seating (there are normal tables and chairs, too). No photo available.
2. The staircase at the Prada store in Los Angeles. Photo!
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 07:16 AM   #614
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Media Production Center Open House
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Feb 5, 2010
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM



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Old February 3rd, 2010, 09:42 PM   #615
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I <3 it, even if the lettering is a bit garish.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 05:14 AM   #616
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^ With Columbia boasting the largest film school in the nation, does anyone else kind of wonder what could happen if a future Columbia grad makes it big in Hollywood? Imagine a future producer/director giving back to his alma mater to build a major campus building in the South Loop. Given Columbia's proclivity to quality design & architecture, we could see something spectacular.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #617
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/07/us/07cncpastry.html

New Chef Will Help Pastry Level to Rise

By BEN GOLDBERGER
Published: February 6, 2010


Chicago has long attracted ambitious immigrants from all corners of the world. World champion bakers from tiny Alsatian villages are not usually among them.
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A High-Tech Alternative for Hollywood Hopefuls

By JAMES WARREN
Published: February 6, 2010


“House lights up!” proclaimed the silver-haired former lawyer who, with blue jeans, black T-shirt, black safari jacket and Nikes, looked oh-so Hollywood in an oh-so Chicago bastion, the Merchandise Mart.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #618
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Old Town School plans $18 million expansion
BY FRAN SPIELMAN
February 12, 2010


Chicago's wildly popular Old Town School of Folk Music is finalizing plans for an $18 million expansion -- complete with classrooms, dance studios and a 133-seat performance venue.

The zoning application filed at Wednesday's City Council meeting calls for the new building on vacant land acquired by the school at 4543 N. Lincoln Ave.



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Old February 13th, 2010, 03:14 AM   #619
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Poetry Foundation HQ

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Annual Letter from John Barr, President
January 20, 2010


...Early in 2010, the Foundation will break ground for the construction of a permanent home for poetry in Chicago. Four years in the planning, under the management of our CFO Caren Skoulas, the building will house Foundation and magazine offices, our twenty-five-thousand-volume poetry collection, and a performance venue acoustically designed for the human voice. Like the beautiful space just opened by Poets House in New York—itself a cause for special celebration—and like other dedicated poetry spaces around the country, our building will be a physical manifestation of the nationwide resurgence of poetry in American culture.
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To go along with the Poetry Foundation HQ post above , this is information about that project as listed on John Ronan Architects website (sadly, no images yet):

"Chicago Illinois The Poetry Foundation is a not for profit organization which grew out of Poetry magazine dedicated to the promotion of poetry in contemporary culture. Their headquarters building, in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, is comprised of a building in dialogue with a garden space. The garden space that is created by erosion within an implied volume as determined by the property boundary, resulting in a relationship whereby the building pushes into the garden and vice versa. Visitors reach the building by walking through the garden; the building’s internal arrangement is configured to allow for views from all spaces back out onto the garden.

The garden is a conceived of as an urban sanctuary, a space that could mediate between the street and the building, blurring the distinction between public and private. Functions more public in nature (a poetry reading room, a gallery, and library) are located on the building’s ground floor, while offices for the organization are located on the second level, organized into three areas corresponding to operations (foundation administration, magazine-website staff, and programs staff). Upon entering the garden, visitors perceive the double height library space that borders the garden, announcing that they are entering into a literary environment. Once inside, an exhibition gallery connects the library to the poetry reading room, where poets read their work to an audience against the backdrop of the garden.** *

Tectonically, the building is conceived of as a series of layers that visitors move through and between. The layers, of zinc, glass, and wood, peel back like pages of a book to define the various programmatic zones of the building. The building’s outer layer, a cladding of oxidized zinc, becomes perforated where it borders the garden, allowing visual access to the garden from the street, encouraging public investigation. Inside the garden, a layer of perforated natural zinc reflects light into the north-facing space, creating a more internalized garden experience that provides a sense of removal to prepare visitors for the programs inside."
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