Forgotten Chicago has done a nice posting about the Chicago Motor Club building with the resurgence in the media lately about its impending auction on June 23. Here is an excerpt and a couple images:
The Chicago Motor Club building was designed and completed within 265 days in 1928 and opened January of the next year. Having been granted National Register status in 1978, the building is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s finest Art Deco style skyscrapers. Between the beginning and ending of the project, the name of the architectural firm of record changed from Holabird & Roche to Holabird & Root, following a reorganization initiated by the death of Martin Roche in 1927. The day prior to the building’s formal opening, which was January 28, 1929, the Chicago Motor Club building was lauded by an anonymous Chicago Tribune reporter as a “temple of transport” and a “monument to the progress of motordom.”1 Two days later, the Chicago Motor Club placed an advertisement which incorporates a rendering of the building as viewed from below, not quite monumental or temple like, but a sober bastion of modernity, solidity, and responsibility….
Our current recession is inspiring its own strategies and tactics: It’s increasingly a catch-all for a host of urban interventions. This is a trend that I like to describe with a mouthful of a title: Provisional, Opportunistic, Ubiquitous, and Odd Tactics in Guerilla and DIY Practice and Urbanism. With this verbaciousness, I hope to capture the tactical multiplicity and inventive thinking that have cropped up in the vacuum of more conventional commissions. These days vacant lots offer sites for urban farming, mini-golf, and dumpster pools. Trash recycles into a speculative housing prototype (see the Tiny Pallet House). Whether it’s The Living’s Amphibious Architecture or Mark Shepard’s Serendipitor, the built environment speaks through mobile devices. Retail spaces hit by the recession are fodder for reinvention, as the art organization No Longer Empty transforms unleased storefronts into temporary galleries. Even the street itself is reclaimed. REBAR’s annual initiative, Park(ing) Day, urges global participants to use a pranksters wit to turn parking spaces into pocket parks, one quarter at a time.
Jetson Green and MocoLoco are showing the new prefabricated building system from Sustainable Living Innovations, or SLI. It is a fascinating and innovative technology that really does turn building multifamily residential construction upside down.
Image below from Openhouse NYC over the weekend to celebrate Audi Urban Future: Project New York. They debuted the 50-foot-long plexi model of Manhattan that I showed in a prior post. Monday evening we marked the end of Project New York and the Festival of Ideas for the New City with talks from the five offices who made interventions on the model.
I hope maybe to be able to check out this festival next year!
“…we (in the profession) need to develop simultaneously vertical deep skills and horizontal soft skills, to work on our strengths and weaknesses, to be expert and anti-expert, specialist and generalist, to design from evidence and from intuition, to be task- and people-oriented, to have mastery over one thing and be a jack-of-all-trades.”—
The Fourth Incarnation of NYC’s “What Happens When”
Riffing on the theme of jazz, the Metrics team, including principals Elle Kunnos de Voss, Felix de Voss, and Nadia Tolstoy, used 9,100 feet of amber string to create several rhythmic, lyrical elements in various sections of the dining room. Guests are now greeted by a photo collage in the tiny foyer, meant to hark back to New Orleans, while DJ Diallo Riddle will mix New Orleans and modern styles each evening.
The old Chicago Motor Club, an Art Deco gem at 68 E. Wacker Pl., is stated to be sold at a court-ordered auction on June 23. The suggested opening bid: $500,000.- what a steal! I am really hoping that this building will not be a victim of the wrecking ball and whomever purchases it is willing to put some effort into restoring some of the fantastic details in this building.
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Okay, so maybe I should start a press page now ;) My visit to DIRTT for IIDA Mentoring Day 2011 with Magdeline Oldmixon appeared in the most recent edition of QUAD - the IIDA quarterly newsletter for “students who love design”. It was a wonderful opportunity and I am glad I got to meet both Magdeline and Sarah Bingham, our contact at DIRTT. I am definitely looking forward to a visit to their showroom next month at NEOCON!
Great recent article by Blair Kamin. I still hope I get an opportunity to be involved with this building after all my time spent on my graduate project (check out my website at www.inspdesign.com for my portfolio book on the building) I think it could be glorious once again…
Cities are a bustling hub for interaction and a wide range of activities that shape our culture and, arguably, our accepted ways of life.
So why shouldn’t the buildings in our community help facilitate and encourage the growth of these traditions?
One building, designed in a collaboration between Dutch firm MVRDV and Danish firm ADEPT, aims to do just that by offering the citizens in the City of Frederiksberg, Denmark, a dynamic and engaging public destination that addresses elements of health, culture, leisure, and education in a spectacular architectural expression…
Wow this concept sounds strikingly familiar to my thesis concept (just a much bigger scale!)
StudioMontag, an open association of product designers and students who met at Germany’s Bauhaus-University Weimar, share an interest in transforming daily life into something incredible. A brilliant illustration of their creative thinking, the R2B2 looks like something Pee-Wee Herman would invent, but unlike the cinematic version it actually conserves energy while rapidly chopping, whipping, crumbling, spinning and more.