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Key Issues

  • Sustainable and responsive building materials
  • Advanced technology in architecture
  • Innovations in 3D scanning, 3D printing and other design visualizations

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Architectural innovations like the steel-frame skyscraper have reshaped the built world's look and function. And every day, new technologies enable architects to address the challenges of the future.

Chicago has long been an incubator for design innovation. Advances in engineering have led to supertall buildings that define skylines worldwide, big data has become an urban design material unto itself, and sustainable materials and 3D printing are helping us reimagine the built environment. Here, we’ll track the technical and creative developments that push architecture’s boundaries and impact our interactions with the world around us.

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What is Landscape Architecture?


Just a short two years before the first fairgoers stepped through the entrance gates—tickets in hand to see the gleaming “White City” architecture of the World’s Columbian Exposition—Jackson Park was a muddy, swampy mess.

2017 AIA Awards: Rena and David Logan Center for the Arts


Architects of the Obama Presidential Center, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, win national AIA Award for the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts. The Center houses the university's visual arts, film, music, and theater programs, finally uniting the programs under one roof.