Posts tagged ‘chicago’

October 29, 2010

Dave Murray’s Art is Viciously Fantastical

by Matt Forcey

Dave Murray is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and digital media. Falling, Jumping, Mirrors, Office Plant, Shark, Cans, Skies, Stars, Frisbees, Bats, Ghosts, Boxes, Boulder, Rocks, Legs, Cones, Balloons, Mandalas, Skull, Cheerleaders, Sports, Politics, and much more. – via http://www.davidamurray.net/

I stumbled upon Dave, well not so much Dave, but his wickedly funny “Self Portrait as a Dinosaur with Dog”, on display at the School of the Art Institute’s Boomerang exhibition space on Wabash, between Madison and Monroe, in Chicago. 

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October 20, 2010

Chicago Highway Ripens Into Hothouse Vegetable Farm

by Matt Forcey

Studio Gang made waves on the international architecture scene last year with their award-winning design for the new Aqua Tower in Chicago.  Like many of the firm’s previous projects, the Aqua was designed to foster a strong connection to the outdoors and the surrounding environment.  To this end, the building features outside terraces, integrated solar shading, and one of the largest green roofs in Chicago (btw, Chicago has more green roofs than any other major city on Earth).  Building on their environmental roots, the Gang has also developed a radical plan to incorporate sustainable produce gardens into densely urban environments.

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October 11, 2010

Radical Cartography Maps Chicago’s Racial Divides and Nuclear Explosions

by Matt Forcey

Radical Cartography is the website of historian and cartographer, Bill Rankin.  Currently working on a PhD at Harvard, Rankin has done considerable research on the changing technologies of cartography (map making) and navigation in the twentieth century.   His mapping activity is focused on reimagining everyday urban and territorial geographies by pushing techniques of statistical information design and rethinking everyday cartographic conventions.

Rankin’s maps help us visualize racial divides in Chicago (as featured below), university campuses surrounding Boston, building heights in Manhattan, the spread of agriculture over the past 300 years, and the location of every nuclear explosion around the world since 1945.

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September 30, 2010

Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

by Matt Forcey
Did you know that the best angle for glass to keep a Chicago apartment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer is 71 degrees?

Well architects Studio Gang have designed an entire high rise building based on that optimum angle with solar access and shading as its core concept.

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September 22, 2010

Antique-Styled Speakers with Super Hi-Fi Sound

by Matt Forcey

While antique in shape, the Little Horn speakers by Chicago-based Specimen Products deliver state-of-the-art sound. A clear nod to early 20th century phonographs, the design is more than aesthetically pleasing. The octagonal contour permits sound waves to expand more freely and cuts resonance, giving music the fullness of a live performance. Placed on the floor, the speakers have both a sculptural quality and target optimal listening height.

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September 18, 2010

Green Roof City at Chicago’s DePaul University

by Matt Forcey

Expanding on Chicago’s already existing 200 green roofs, (more than any other American city), this sloping, garden-topped building won’t be like any you’ve ever seen before. Designed by Yi Huang, Tian Tan & Xu Zhang, Green Roof City is a ramped structure that links together two of the windy city’s existing buildings.

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September 15, 2010

Chicago’s New “Green Line” Subway Cars

by Matt Forcey

When I first saw this I thought, ok, Mayor Daley has finally gone too far with his love of green space.  But then, the idea started to grow on me.  And just as I was really looking forward to planting my feet on the nearest El platform to see this garden on rails, I discovered that

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