Addressing Our Human Crisis

The immigrant crisis in Europe continues to strain countries and resources. A few countries have responded by closing their borders or implementing laws making it difficult or impossible for refugees to live in safety. There are many debates and issues regarding refugees such as the safety and/or resources of the host country and how much they […]

Chicago: A Beautifully Detailed City

Chicago is a unique city: from its master plan by Daniel Burnham right down to its crafted brickwork, the Midwest Metropolis oozes its own character.  The Great Fire of 1871 and the construction of the Sears Tower in 1970 bookend a century of development in which the city showed its architectural daring.  In these architectural […]

Diverse and Stylish New Hotels in Chicago

We love our hometown, and of course we should, but we know that Chicago pride runs deeper than that of most places.  Here we have rich institutions, some of the best universities, parks, museums, and architecture in the world.  The words “I’m from Chicago” carry some weight no matter which corner of the world we […]

Daydreaming at The Rookery

Chicago is a visual wonderland. We could walk downtown every day and still see something new and intriguing. One delightful location to sketch and let your eyes wander is The Rookery.   The lobby or “light court,” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has an airiness unlike any other skyscraper in the Financial District. The openness gives […]

Opening Next Week: Moholy-Nagy at the AIC

  After spending over three months at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the exhibition Moholy-Nagi: Future Present will be coming to Chicago next week. The much anticipated show covers a breadth of work by renowned international artist László Moholy-Nagy. “Painting, photography, film, sculpture, advertising, product design, theater sets—László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1894–1946) did it all. Future Present, […]

Shakers and Movers at the AIC

  The exhibit Shakers and Movers at the Art Institute of Chicago shows the virtue and beauty of Shaker culture. An austere and humble religion, The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, has only one community left. However, their influence is not lost on American society. Minimal and […]

Sun Dial Graffiti

As part of ST+ART street art festival in the Lodhi Art District in India, innovative artist DAKU has created a piece that changes with the sun. Using typography and metal, the artist has made a sundial of sorts that reveals words as the day progresses.   DAKU DAKU   Click HERE to see a timelapse […]

Catch It Before It’s Gone: “As Seen” at The Art Institute of Chicago

Ending on August 14th, you still have a few more weeks to get a history lesson at the Art Institute of Chicago. As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History features research on 11 different group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006. According to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website the project was “initiated as part […]

Pneuhaus Fabric Prism

Featured in last months PVDFest in Providence Rhode Island, Pneuhaus‘s Fabric Prism No. 2 is what happens when a sculpture meets a science lesson in light dispersion. The exterior of the piece exists as a shell of 3-D pyramids colored in primary blues, greens, and reds. While beautiful from the outside, the inside is where the […]

BIG goes big at Serpentine Pavilion 2016

As part of the Serpentine Pavilion Architecture Programme 2016, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has created an unzipped “brick” wall that doubles as a café and performance space. Featured near Queen Caroline’s Temple in Kensington Gardens in London, the wall is one of four conceptual summer houses located on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn. Bjarke Ingels Group […]