2015 December

Life Changers International Church Grand Opening

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Life ChangersThe UrbanWorks designed Life Changers International Church’s city campus officially opened on November 22, 2015. Set in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, this is Life Changers’ first urban spiritual center. The church chose this location to serve a need for contemplative and communal spaces in a dense urban environment and to secure its place as one of the most unique multicultural churches in America. The project is an adaptive reuse of an originally windowless, two story 63,000 square foot cold storage facility into an 870 person auditorium/worship center, with pre-function space, classrooms, and meeting spaces.

UrbanWorks Featured in “New Chicago Architecture” Exhibit

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New Chicago ArchitectureTwo UrbanWorks projects, La Casa Student Housing and Galewood Elementary School, were featured in the exhibition “New Chicago Architecture” curated by the Chicago Athenaeum. The week-long exhibition was attended by several thousands of people in Chicago, before traveling to Milan and Athens. This survey of New Chicago Architecture, featuring over 100 architecture practices – local, national, and international, offers new insight to the contemporary direction of Chicago Architecture today, highlighting the ambitions, challenges, and possibilities which are fueling the architecture profession. An accompanying book, “New Chicago Architecture” will be published in February 2016.

The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design dedicated to the Art of Design. The exhibition took place from November 12-17, 2015 and was located at 332 S. Michigan, Chicago, Illinois.

Patricia Saldaña Natke Interviewed on Spanish Public Radio’s “Chicago Voices”

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SPRFlatLogoUrbanWorks Principal, Patricia Saldaña Natke, was interviewed on Spanish Public Radio’s “Chicago Voices” regarding the state of architecture and how the Chicago Architecture Biennial is facilitating the potential for a democratic exposure of world class art and architecture to Chicago’s residents. The firm’s award winning designs in Chicago’s Latino communities were highlighted in the discussion. The “Chicago Voices” program aired on November 15, 2015. Spanish Public Radio’s mission is to cultivate and sustain the Spanish-speaking community through a multi-media platform broadcast through the Internet. SPR broadcasts a highly relevant news, music, arts, culture, financial, and educational content in Spanish. Patricia was interviewed by Vincent Paglione, Executive board member of SPR.

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Current Exhibition of Productora/Urbanworks University of Chicago Green Line Art Center Design Team Submission Until Jan 8

By | December 15, 2015 | 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Exhibits | No Comments

GLACAs part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park is holding an exhibition titled Forms of Imagination, exploring “the way Arts + Public Life creates ambitious public design and architecture projects that foster creative communities in Chicago’s mid-South Side.” Among works by other notable firms, Productura/UrbanWorks’ vision for the Green Line Art Center is on display. Productora from Mexico City and local firm UrbanWorks have teamed in an invited design competition for a new arts center to support the ambitions of artists and creative entrepreneurs. Led by artist and faculty member Theaster Gates and his team at Arts + Public Life, the new arts center will demonstrate the commitment to design excellence and creative reuse of existing vacant buildings.

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