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GREC Architects on Chicago’s Design Legacy, From Historic Landmarks to the Ace Hotel

GREC, the firm behind Chicago’s Ace Hotel, Condé Nast-Pitchfork offices + slew of new residential towers, walks us through what’s hot in Windy City Zoë Zellers In Chicago, “there’s new build and a lot of adaptive reuse going on. What...
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2018 AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference: Building Leaders

From student leader to design advocate: AIAS alum Stephen Parker shares his journey Editor’s Note: Architect and planner Stephen Parker, AIA NCARB LEED AP BD+C, based out of SmithGroup’s D.C. offices, is an architect, planner, community designer and advocate who...
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Dan Spiegel, a 2018 Architectural League Prize recipient: “Objectives are defined by how the work is viewed at a particular moment in time”

In the exhibit, Dan Spiegel cuts sectional abstract models in “unconventional” ways to isolate particular moments within spaces + projects light to draw memory-like reactions This is part two of a series of exclusive conversations with this year’s Architectural League...
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With AIA Back in NYC for the First Time in 30 Years, President Carl Elefante Reflects on the Architect’s Role Today

Carl Elefante on AIA's Hot Topics: Architecture's Challenges + Opportunities The American Institute of Architects President Carl Elefante sat down with Metropolis Magazine to discuss 2018's American Institute of Architects conference, which returned to New York for the first time in 30 years. ...
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Urban Playspace as Freespace: The Heartwarming Story Behind Pakistan’s First Pavilion at Venice Biennale

How one design studio conceptualized + self-funded Pakistan’s First Pavilion at Biennale – and why it’s catching the eyes of architects and designers   Responding to the Venice Architecture Biennale’s theme of “freespace,” the Pakistan National Pavilion is presenting, “The...
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Shells have stiffness because of their shape, so they’re very efficient and can achieve very light and delicate structures.

Form Follows Function: The Beauty of Structural Shells with SOM Engineer Toby Mitchell

This article is part of our coverage of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a curated series of design exhibits across the Windy City that make up North America’s largest architecture festival. The exhibit “SOM: engineering X [art + architecture],” presented the…
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For the concourse, Hunter Douglas custom engineered a metal ceiling panel system.

Call It a Comeback: Inside Downtown Detroit’s New Little Caesars Arena

HOK designs new game-day experience with fan amenities, custom elements & “the Via” The grand opening of Little Caesars Arena, a sophisticated $863 million sports facility designed by HOK, continues to signal an era of economic growth and an energetic…
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Bryony Roberts, a 2018 Architectural League Prize winner, focuses on the overlap of subjectivities

Bryony Roberts responds to existing architectural + urban conditions, creates transformative interactions + collaborations Bryony Roberts' installation at the Architectural League Prize exhibit at Parsons School of Design  Courtesy of Bryony Roberts Studio This is part one of a series of...
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Gensler walks us through the major redesign of the iconic Nassau Coliseum featuring custom engineered Hunter Douglas ceilings.

Inside the Redesign of Nassau Coliseum

How Gensler’s winning design created a “transformative experience” at the famed sports & music venue In recent years, Nassau Coliseum had begun showing signs of age after hosting a steady lineup of concerts and sporting events in the four decades…
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The Biennial's opening week party

Historic Chicago Cultural Center anchors Chicago Architecture Biennial

1-on-1 with Jamey Lundblad, CMO of Chicago’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs & Special Events During the four-month run of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Chicago Cultural Center has housed the main exhibition, with architectural models, sketches, and historic photographs. Beneath the Center’s…
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