#Make New History: Join us on a Special Biennial Dearborn Street Walk

The act of looking to the past to inform the present has always been central to architecture. At a time when there is too much information and not enough attention, understanding the channels through which history moves and is shaped by architecture is more important than ever.  The relationship between art and architecture is a […]

#Charlottesville, Before and After

You can change the way a place looks, but you can’t change the history that made it that way. That’s a reality that the tragedy in Charlottesville, and the current uproar about Civil War monuments throughout the United States, can’t transform. Viscerally, I understand the confused, angry feelings of an African-American child staring up at […]

The continuous reinvention of Chicago’s Palace of the People (aka the Chicago Cultural Center)

I just came across this lovely article by Iker Gil in this week’s Archinect, and I thought it was so loaded with great Chicago details that I wanted to maximize the number of people who’d read it. It originally ran in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial blog, and contains a wonderful history of the building and the […]

From UofC’s Place Lab: Narrative in Historic Preservation

I attended Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement a few weeks ago, co-sponsored by Landmarks Illinois and the Glessner House Museum.   I had it in mind to write about it afterwards…. but, well, that didn’t happen. So I was delighted last week to come across a blog post by Nootan Bharani, AIA,  Lead […]

Special Event tomorrow!

A workshop set for tomorrow,  Saturday July 9, from noon to 3 p.m. at Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner Ave., will ask architects, urban planners and community members “to reinterpret the urban fabric by incorporating neighborhood memories, significant historical and cultural narratives into residents’ daily commutes.” After the workshop, an event called “Walk the Line” […]

#Jane Jacobs and the Value of Older, Smaller Buildings

Since there’s never been enough empirical data on the value of older buildings for my taste, I’m happy to say that I just stumbled across a study entitled Jane Jacobs and the Value of Older, Smaller Buildings in the Journal of the American Planning Association (February 2016). The article supplies empirical support for Jane Jacobs’s (1961) […]