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    River North Architecture Tour

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 26th May 2010 (All posts by )

    Recently I went on a River North architecture tour in Chicago.  The tour was sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and cost $15 / each for non-members, which was money well spent.  Here is a link to the tour.

    The tour started near St. James cathedral at Rush and Huron (upper right, photo).  This church was constructed right before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  The center, middle photo shows the tower on the right that survived the fire; you can see the damage to the stones.  On the lower left you can see the Episcopal center for the St. James cathedral built in a modernist style; this was almost torn down during the great real estate boom but it survived and now is probably safe for a few years since construction has come to a standstill.  Driehaus Capital Management helped greatly with the neighborhood, and the top photo shows their headquarters.  The bottom center photo is a classic car in their courtyard and the Driehaus museum features a prominent building from an early baron with immense stone walls in an attempt to make it fireproof.
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    Posted in Architecture, Chicagoania, Photos | 3 Comments »

    Worthwhile Reading

    Posted by David Foster on 19th May 2010 (All posts by )

    David Brooks argues that the crime wave of the 1970s has had a long-term effect on the American psyche, and especially on parenting. (via FFOF)

    Victor Davis Hanson reflects on small-town America.

    Paul Levy describes redesign of the pharmacy in the hospital he runs, making use of Lean principles, including mock-ups and heavy participation from those who will be using the new space. (via Lean Blog)
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    Posted in Academia, Architecture, Business, Civil Society, Crime and Punishment, Economics & Finance, Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Politics, Tech | 2 Comments »

    “Why Is That Gargoyle Smiling?”

    Posted by David Foster on 11th March 2010 (All posts by )

    Since we seem to have quite a few poetry lovers here…check out this unlikely and beautiful poem by Jeff Sypeck.

    Posted in Architecture, History, Poetry | 3 Comments »

    Post-Implementation Audit Review

    Posted by Jay Manifold on 22nd October 2008 (All posts by )

    yes, it smelled good

    – of the rendezvous, that is. PIAR Items:

    Issue 1

    • Description: Overcorrected for anticipated too-early arrival time.
    • Area of Improvement: Change Management
    • Root Cause: Assumed functional highway network. Ha!
    • Mitigation: Allow 2x as much time if going anywhere on the Edens or the Kennedy.

    Issue 2

    • Description: Initially parked in wrong garage.
    • Area of Improvement: Documentation
    • Root Cause: Didn’t ask hotel operator for detailed instructions.
    • Mitigation: Ask next time.

    Issue 3

    • Description: Missed rendezvous with Carl.
    • Area of Improvement: Communication
    • Root Cause: Didn’t check comments on planning post after early Saturday morning.
    • Mitigation: Graze (Midwesterners don’t surf) through the blog at T-2 hours. Exchange mobile phone numbers. Buy Carl a plate of barbecue.

    Issue 4

    • Description: Wore Bill out walking too far.
    • Area of Improvement: Planning
    • Root Cause: Unduly elaborate itinerary.
    • Mitigation: Traveling-salesman algorithm; taxicabs (implemented).

    Issue 5

    • Description: Appeared drab and uninteresting by comparison with other attendees.
    • Area of Improvement: Work Error (1959-present)
    • Root Cause: Couldn’t keep up with Bill’s knowledge of Chicago goings-on and economy/tax issues or Tatyana’s tales of camping trips on river islands in Siberia and eye for architectural/design details.
    • Mitigation: Surround self with boring friends, or just get a lot more people to show up next time so I can revert to lurk mode.

    Best Practices (I did do some things right)

    * yep, swiped it from Stephen Green, who I’m pretty sure swiped it from this

    Posted in Architecture, Blogging, Chicagoania, Diversions, Humor, Management, Photos | 2 Comments »

    Urban-Planning Fads

    Posted by Jonathan on 31st December 2007 (All posts by )

    Newly installed brick road feature:

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    Posted in Architecture, Photos, Political Philosophy, Society, Transportation | 17 Comments »

    Chicago Or Dubai?

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on 2nd August 2007 (All posts by )

    Any architecture buff can tell you about the historical firsts for the city of Chicago. The “Chicago School” of architecture included famous buildings like the Monadnock building, one of the tallest masonry structures in the country, and the Auditorium Theater.

    In the popular imagination the Sears Tower, which reigned as the tallest building in the world, and the John Hancock building, with its “X” style external beams, are iconic to the city. The Aon Building, formerly the Amoco Building, is a 90 plus story white classical tower, and the Smurfit-Stone building, with its angular (not quite matching) slanted glass roof.

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    Posted in Architecture, Chicagoania | 30 Comments »

    R E S P E C T

    Posted by Ginny on 29th January 2007 (All posts by )

    Okay, as a fairly typical (if ex-) Nebraskan I have a passionate obsession with public buildings. Still, I suspect you don’t need to be me to find this story disturbing.

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    Posted in Architecture, Civil Society | 3 Comments »

    Chicago Tour

    Posted by demimasque on 18th June 2006 (All posts by )

    I recently paid a visit to Chicago, and had a pleasant visit with Lex. I also got to take some pictures around Chicago, especially along the river. With no further ado, I present the pictures:

    Update: It seems the link below was wrong before. I’ve fixed that now. Thanks for the comments on the pictures; I have to say that Chicago architecture makes taking great pictures so much easier!

    [Excerpted from Between Worlds]

    Posted in Architecture | 12 Comments »

    France Opens World’s Tallest Bridge

    Posted by Michael Hiteshew on 15th December 2004 (All posts by )

    The world’s tallest bridge, Le Viaduc de Millau, has opened in southern France. It was built to relieve congestion and four hour delays on a heavily traveled section of highway that previously passed through the small, picturesque village of Millau in the Massif Central Mountains, northwest of Marseilles.

    Designed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, the cable-stay bridge utilizes bifurcated piers. The split design of the piers accommodates the large expansion and contraction which the steel and concrete roadway experiences as the temperature changes. The piers open and close like gigantic springs. The piers are monstrous in scale.

    Next to the pier design, perhaps the most interesting feature of the engineering and construction of the bridge is the way the road and cable-stays were placed. The road and cable-stay assemblies were prefabricated on opposite sides of the valley and slid out onto the piers. The massive hydraulic lift and ram system used to do that was designed and operated by the American company Enerpac.

    The French, who are famous for their dislike of modern utilitarian architecture, especially (but not limited to) skyscrapers, are having a mixed reaction to the bridge. The residents and businessmen of Millau seem rather happy with the bridge though. Theyre relieved, for instance, to finally have those legendary traffic jams removed from their village and are hoping the now famous bridge will bring money spending tourists into the area. Millau can now be a place to stop and eat, rather than just pass through. Others, however, consider the bridge a gigantic eyesore on the countryside.

    The bridge cost $523 million to build. All of the money invested was privately raised in exchange for the right to charge tolls. Tolls will vary from $6.50 in winter to $8.60 in summer. Trucks will pay $32.24 all year.

    According to the AP, during the dedication ceremonies, which included a flyover of air force jets and fireworks, President Jacques Chirac commented:

    “This exceptional opening will go down in industrial and technological history,” Chirac said, praising the designers and builders for creating “a prodigy of art and architecturea new emblem of French civil engineering.

    The bridge will serve as a symbol of “a modern and conquering France.”


    Great Photo
    Image Gallery Select Diaporama for a slide show.
    Skyscraper City Be sure to check out the great construction photos on pages 4 & 5 of the thread.
    Enerpac Hydraulic road sliding and placement. (Navigate from the menu on the left. Lots of info and photos.)
    Viaduc de Millau Three active panoramas.
    Active Panoramic Image Bridge and surrounding valley.

    Posted in Architecture | 28 Comments »