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Events This Week In Chicago Architecture and History

By Jenn Harrman on April 1, 2014


We bring you our top picks for events this week in Chicago architecture and history. This week we highlight a talk on urban revitalization in a South-side community, a workshop to make your vintage home energy efficient, and a book launch and discussion exploring Chicago as a catalyst for architectural speculation.


Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative Chicago Landon Bone Baker
Photo Credit: Rendering by Landon Bone Baker Architects


1. Transforming Abandoned CHA Property: Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative – Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., Lecture Hall

TALK – Wednesday, April 2nd, 12:15pm-1:00pm


Few of Chicago’s large-scale public housing projects have survived the wrecking ball. Luckily, one Chicago Housing Authority property on the South-Side is being revitalized by the Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative with the help of Brinshore Development, the Rebuild Foundation and Landon Bone Baker Architects. The LunchTalk @ CAF this week will dig into the work to rehabilitate the abandoned Dante Harper housing project and discuss its development into a thriving hub of arts and culture for a community lacking in both.

2. Greening Your Vintage Home – Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.

WORKSHOP – Thursday, April 3rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm

FREE – requires reservations

Learn practical and affordable ways to make your vintage home more energy efficient. Hosted by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, the workshop will include how greening your home improves indoor air quality, conserves resources, and enhances the comfort and performance of an older home without sacrificing materials and architectural details that make a vintage home unique.

3. Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation – Graham Foundation, 4 W. Burton Pl.

PANEL DISCUSSION – Saturday, April 5th, 2:00pm

FREE – reservations required

Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation is a publication about the history of instigating and communicating radical architectural and urban visions in Chicago and shares how Chicago has been a mediator of ideas as well as an initiator of speculation in architecture. To launch the new book, the editors and some contributors will introduce and discuss the book’s theme. The launch is held in conjunction with the opening of the “Chicagoisms” exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.


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