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Designed with your busy schedule in mind, our popular drop-in Lunch Talks @ CAF provide a wonderful opportunity to engage in a variety of topics that relate to Chicago’s architecture and built environment - from recent research in architectural history to current projects around the Chicagoland area.

TIME 12:15–1pm
COST
Free, open to the public
LOCATION
Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
RSVP
None required (Please arrive early; seating is limited) Guests are welcome to bring a bag lunch
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These talks are made possible in part by a donation in memory of Myra Gary, Docent Class of 1999.

 

Explore in-depth selected topics from Lunch Talks @ CAF!


One talk each month will be part of
Lunch Talks Online, where you can:

  • Browse videos, photographs, articles, and other resources.
  • Listen to the mp3 of the Lunch Talk and view the presentation slides.
  • Join the conversation and share your perspective!
     
  UPCOMING PROGRAMS

4240 Architecture, 11 West Quincy Court

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Light in Four Directions

Robert Benson, Design Director, 4240 Architecture and Allison H. Azevedo, PBS Regional Commissioner, U.S. General Services Administration Great Lakes Region

Mies van der Rohe, Morris Lapidus, historic preservation considerations, State Street retail corridor history, Sol LeWitt, and a pre-existing entrance design were competing interests attached to a building renovation project for the U.S. General Services Administration. Rather than tear this building down, GSA committed to a sustainable approach to both material and culture. Through the savvy use of light, this project has exceeded expectations and dramatically demonstrated that adaptive re-use can become a great piece of architecture.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
Palmisano Park

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Innovative Landscape Architecture in Chicago – Palmisano Park and Current Projects

Ernest C. Wong, FASLA, APA, Principal and Hana Ishikawa, Design Director, Site Design Group Ltd

For the first half of the 20th century, Henry Palmisano Park was a privately-owned, 380-foot deep limestone quarry. It was later sold and converted into a landfill for construction waste for the City of Chicago. As a joint project between three City of Chicago agencies, this 27-acre site has been transformed into an active and educationally focused environmental park that includes nature trails, wetland habitat, native plantings, recycled materials, bird and fish habitats, and bio-retention. In this talk, site design group, ltd., an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm known for innovative work such Mary Bartelme Park and Ping Tom Memorial Park, will discuss the design, process, and challenges of Palmisano Park and selected in-progress work.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
JGMA - El Centro Campus

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Connection and High Performance

Luke Leung, PE, LEED-AP, Director of Sustainable Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Three different aspects of connection to deliver high performance design will be discussed in this presentation—connecting people to collaborate, connecting buildings and environment to perform, and connecting beyond buildings to optimize. For eight decades, SOM has connected architects and engineers to design through collaboration. SOM’s collaborative culture allows it to connect a building to its environment. From the AIA 25 Year Award-winning Haj Terminal, to the recently completed Pearl River Tower, to ongoing construction of the Kunming Tower, integrating buildings’ natural and artificial environments make sustainability a strong part of the firm’s heritage. Advancing sustainable design performance requires system optimization to occur at large scales—ranging from campuses and neighborhoods to cities and the world. To truly change the world requires looking for connections to optimize at all scales.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
Chicago’s River: At Work and At Play cover

 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: New Book Talk - Chicago’s River: At Work and At Play

Neal Samors, award-winning author and independent publisher; Steven Dahlman, professional photographer and journalist

Neal Samors and Steven Dahlman, co-authors of the new book Chicago's River At Work And At Play, will present their new book. This presentation will include discussion of chapters that provide descriptions and photographs of some of the key buildings seen on the CAF Chicago River Cruise, the early history of the Chicago River as seen in photos from the Chicago History Museum, challenges to the river such as Asian carp, and future river projects including an expansion of the Riverwalk.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
John Tolva

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: City of Big Data: Networked Urbanism: Re-Thinking Cities As Smart Machines

John Tolva, President, PositivEnergy Practice, LLC

From open data to the app economy, net zero buildings to free public wireless, cities in the 21st century are being made (and remade) through the use of networked technology. John Tolva will discuss what this means for urban design and for people who live and work in cities.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Buildings of 2014

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Buildings of 2014

Ward Miller, President, Preservation Chicago

In this widely anticipated annual event, Preservation Chicago reveals its list of Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Historic Places of 2014. The purpose of this program is to draw attention to the importance of the chosen historic buildings and districts, and to indicate how the efforts of Preservation Chicago and neighborhood residents will be directed toward preserving them.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
Charlie Catlett

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: CBD: Using Data and Computation to Understand 21st Century Cities

Charlie Catlett, Senior Computer Scientist, Argonne; Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data, University of Chicago

The Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD) is creating a growing network of collaborative projects aimed at harnessing the power of computation and data analytics to better understand cities. Charlie Catlett, UrbanCCD founding director, will provide highlights of UrbanCCD's work using computational modeling to project the impact of urban design choices over decades, applying data analytics to discover leading indicators to enable cities to move from reactive to proactive policies, and the use of sensors and information systems embedded in the built environment to support environmental sciences, infrastructure engineering, and new modalities for human interactions with one another and with the City.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
SOM

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: CBD: City Data - Lower Energy, Longer Living, Larger Output

Luke Leung, PE, LEED-AP, Director of Sustainable Engineering, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill employs a three prong approach to connection in order to delivery high performance designs —connecting people to collaborate, connecting buildings and environment to perform, and connecting beyond buildings to optimize. In this Discussion Luke Leung, PE, LEED Fellow how these aspects of connection contribute to SOM’s collaborative culture.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
Anne Sullivan, FAIA, Sullivan Preservation

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: Chicago Women in Architecture: Understanding Historic Building Technology

Anne Sullivan, FAIA, Sullivan Preservation

Anne T. Sullivan, FAIA, director of the M.S. Historic Preservation program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and principal of Sullivan | Preservation will discuss her career in the field of preservation architecture, which has focused on the study and interpretation of historic building materials and technologies.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1

 
Bloomingdale Trail

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LunchTalks@CAF: 606 Update

Beth White, Director of The Trust for Public Land's Chicago Area office

How do you design an urban oasis for the more than 80,000 neighbors, including almost 20,000 children that live within a ten-minute walk? Turn a physical barrier into a community connector? Transform a piece of Chicago’s industrial past into an alternative transportation corridor and living work of art for our city’s future? Beth White returns to speak about the progress on the development of the Bloomingdale Trail.

TIME: 12:15-1pm
COST: FREE
LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave
AIA CES: 1




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