The Chicago Tribune's architecture critic, Blair Kamin, says "No Small Plans" delivers an important message for adults as well as the students who are its chief intended audience: Be sure to take note of, and participate in, the design decisions that affect your life.
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The Teen Fellows Program at CAF is a 2-year intensive program for Chicago Public Schools students interested in architecture, engineering, construction and urban planning.
What is a skyscraper? How has skyscraper technology changed American society? In what ways did skyscrapers help define urban culture in the late 19th century?
Fostering civic engagement among Chicago’s young people is no small task, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation has “No Small Plans” to tackle it.
Weaving architecture, history and social justice together, Chicago is imagined anew in “No Small Plans”Salon
The graphic novel shakes up the format of the civic primer with illustrations and characters that jump off the page.
No Small Plans looks to the past to examine the present and imagine a future metropolis.
Can you imagine a park or gym floating on the river? What about a community center or restaurant? The Chicago Architecture Foundation recently completed its annual Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition and one of the categories this year was river barges.
John Edel and Carolee Kokola lead Bubbly Dynamics, LLC, a social enterprise that transforms derelict industrial buildings into collaborative small business communities. Their most ambitious project, The Plant, is a former meatpacking plant turned urban farm and business incubator in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
CAF’s Jen Masengarb partnered with WBEZ’s Curious City to research a story about the history that lies within Chicago’s apartments. Listen to the broadcast.
Jim Rotche is the general manager/publisher of the Chicago Tribune’s suburban publications, including the Naperville Sun, Daily Southtown and Lake County News-Sun. Jim and his team welcomed thousands of visitors to Tribune Tower during Open House Chicago from 2011 to 2015.
Parks & Public Spaces
Chicago’s playscapes - parks, playgrounds and green spaces - bring Chicagoans and visitors outside to play.
Biking and Chicago’s Lakefront Trailvia CAF
The changing face of Chicago architecture—in structures old, new and yet to be—will always be newsworthy. Here, we track the buzz and battles, building context around a city’s issues as they unfold.
20,000 Homes Planned for Huge Vacant U.S. Steel Site As New Buyer Emergesvia DNAinfo
Chicago has so many amazing stories to tell.