James K.A. Smith Calls to Action the James Didier Symposium on Practices Making Community.

James K.A. Smith in Practices Making Community at Judson’s Didier Symposium

The Judson University Department of Architecture and the Association for Christians in Architecture will host the fifth annual James Didier Symposium On Christ & Architecture Sept. 15-16. …. This year’s symposium will include an impressive roster of featured guest speakers who will take on challenging and relevant topics: • “Places of the Heart: How We Learn to Love” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Calvin College professor of philosophy and author James K.A. Smith will address the Judson community, including architecture students and faculty, visiting architects, arts professionals, as well as place-based and home schooling educators. He will explain what…

Prof. Carroll William Westfall–American Architecture and the American Civil Order: the Shared Foundations • James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding

Please join us for a lecture on American architecture and the American civil order with Prof. Carroll William Westfall. Prof. Westfall has taught for nearly 50 years architecture and architectural history at the University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and Amherst College. A central theme of all of his studies has been the history of the city with particular attention to the reciprocity between the political life and the urban and architectural elements that serve the needs of citizens. His emphasis is on the usefulness of knowledge of history to practicing architects. This, rather than a stylistically based interpretation…

CNU Illinois & USGBC Illinois Green Event October 30

Please join co-hosts USGBC Illinois and CNU Illinois for an informative panel discussion exploring rooftops as an opportunity for urban agriculture. There can be many benefits to rooftop agriculture, including job creation, promotion of local food security, and a reduction on transportation impacts. In addition to being a “cool-roof” building strategy, rooftop agriculture can also contribute to achieving LEED-ND Credit 13 with “on site food production.” Our three panelists will share their perspectives on achieving successful rooftop gardens at various scales: Urban Habitat Chicago will present the roof garden created for True Nature Foods; Uncommon Ground will share their journey…

2014 CRAN Symposium – CustomResidentialArchitectsNetwork

SOLD OUT! AIA National and Houzz have expanded the scope of the sold out 2014 CRAN Symposium to include online audiences through live streaming of the event directly from Charleston, SC. Individuals unable to attend in person can experience the event (Sept 18-20) for free in real-time at www.houzz.com/AIACRANSymposium. The Custom Residential Architects Network CRAN, a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, will hold its 7th annual symposium on September 18-20 at the Mills House Wyndham Hotel and Hibernian Hall on Meeting Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Entitled ‘The Architecture of Influence,’ the three-day symposium, open to all…

Municipal Design Review in Metropolitan Chicago

Tuesday, March 18 • 5:30 p.m. Both theorists and practitioners see design standards as shaping the “look” of the community and built environment over the long run — with significant underlying ideology. Planning professionals may view design guidelines and review processes as useful tools to communicate local preferences and resolve issues. And, design standards and form-based codes have become powerful branding and placemaking tools for suburbs in the Chicago metropolitan area and nationwide. This program and discussion will serve to highlight contrasting perspectives on the benefits of design review. Drawing on observations from public architectural review commission hearings in local…

Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. This October, explore the hidden gems and architectural treasures of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods—all for free. 150 cool places. 48 hours. Go. via Open House Chicago.

Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches, an exhibition of visual research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber. Focusing on the work of seven U.S.-based community design architects and planners and their projects, the exhibition presents the findings of a multi-year research project funded by the Graham Foundation. Rarely documented and not yet comprehensively researched, the participatory design movement—a socially engaged architecture and planning practice that cultivates citizen involvement and empowerment—began in the 1960s and grew out of a common concern to democratize design by actively involving all…

2013 Burnham Award nominations!

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for our 2013 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning! The award recognizes visionary and effective planning in the Chicago region. Since 1988, MPC has presented the award at our Annual Luncheon, which this year will take place Friday, Nov. 1. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize underwritten by our generous sponsor PNC Bank. Past winners include the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Whistler Crossing, Riverdale, Ill.; and Will County, Ill. Nominations are due by Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at 4 p.m. Each nomination should…

City of Chicago :: Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good

Opening May 24 and running through September 1 Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good features 84 urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists and everyday citizens that bring positive change to neighborhoods and cities in addition to a pop-up installation in Millennium Park. Chicago is the first destination of the installation, which served as the U.S. representation at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2012). The Chicago installation will recreate the lively exhibition design of pull-down banners, created by Brooklyn design studio Freecell and Berkeley-based communication design firm M-A-D. The contents of the exhibition…

September 21. CNU Illinois Students for the New Urbanism

Planned jointly by CNU Illinois and the Students for the New Urbanism, we will use this month as an opportunity to specifically reach out to students and new professionals and have a featured event for them. Members and non-members are welcome. Look for additional information in the very near future!   Saturday, September 21 9:30am – 1:00pm (Tentative) Location: To Be Determined via CNU Events.