UrbanWorks’ La Casa in National Building Museum Exhibit

By | October 25, 2017 | Exhibits | No Comments

National Building MuseumUrbanWorks’ La Casa Student Housing design is featured in Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, hosted at the National Building Museum from November 18, 2017 – September 16, 2018. The exhibition highlights new housing models, which reflect America’s shift away from nuclear households and includes “alternatives at all levels of the market, from micro-units, tiny houses, and accessory apartments to cohousing, co-living, and beyond.” The exhibit explores cutting-edge typologies through case studies. La Casa is an innovative model in student housing run by The Resurrection Project in Chicago.

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UrbanWorks’ Galewood Elementary School Wins a 2016 American Architecture Award

By | September 20, 2016 | Awards, Exhibits | No Comments

Galewood LibraryGalewood Elementary School in Chicago was one of 74 buildings awarded the 2016 American Architecture Award. This award program, organized by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, highlights “the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the U.S. and abroad and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States,” and includes projects of every type, from skyscrapers to parks. This year’s awards program will culminate in an Awards Presentation/Gala Dinner in Chicago, an exhibition of winning projects in Athens, Greece and the publication of all winning projects in New American Architecture, published by Metropolitan Arts Press.

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Urbanworks Featured in “50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards” Exhibit

By | April 8, 2016 | Architecture Foundation, Exhibits | No Comments

Chicago FuturesUrbanWorks is featured 50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards exhibit at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). 50 architects and designers were invited to submit transformative design proposals. The exhibit, curated by URBANLAB and Reed Kroloff, focuses on innovative ways to improve the quality of life of Chicago residents over the next 50 years. UrbanWorks proposed a speculation for the 25th ward, which includes Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The plan envisions lasting change by reinvigorating its manufacturing community and enhancing its residential and educational community.

The exhibit is now open and located in the CAF’s Atrium Gallery at 224 S. Michigan Avenue.

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UrbanWorks Designs Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral Icon for the CAF

By | April 30, 2016 | Architecture Foundation, Exhibits | No Comments

Graphic IconIn celebration of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, UrbanWorks partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and Thirst to develop an icon representative of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral. UrbanWorks joined other local architecture firms to design graphic icons for 50 of the most significant Chicago buildings, parks and events together.

The Chicago Architecture “Periodic Table” Icon Poster is available for purchase at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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UrbanWorks Concept Featured in AIA Chicago Tiny Homes Exhibition

By | June 1, 2016 | Architecture Foundation, Exhibits, Projects | No Comments

The UrbanWorks concept ORIGAMICS was featured in the AIA Chicago Small Projects exhibition at Architectural Artifacts in Chicago, Illinois. UrbanWorks examined Origamics as a new paradigm, exploring the mathematical theory behind folding and the resulting algorithms those folds create. Structural folding planes respond to the physical and environmental needs of the residents creating a spatially engaging atmosphere that offers dynamism. The UrbanWorks design competition team members were Jose Esquinca, Tim Wang, Tej Varpe, Ameera Ashraf O’ Neil, Maria Pellot, and Patricia & Robert Natke.

The international design competition launched in November 2015 solicited speculative design proposals that would provide housing for Chicago’s youth experiencing homelessness. It was organized by AIA Chicago, the AIA Chicago Foundation, Landon Bone Baker, Windy City Times, Pride Action Tank and funded by the Alphawood Foundation.

UrbanWorks Participates in Arquitectos 30X30 Perspectives Exhibition

By | April 30, 2016 | Exhibits, Staff Happenings | No Comments

ArquitectosUrbanWorks staff members Patricia Saldaña Natke, Maria Pellot, Erick Roldan and Jose Esquinca were featured in the Arquitectos 30X30 Perspectives exhibition at Open Center for the Arts located at  2214 South Sacramento Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition showcased UrbanWorks projects spanning from educational facilities to multi-family housing. Arquitectos 30X30 Perspectives was the first annual architecture exhibition by Arquitectos and celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary.

Arquitectos, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c (3) organization, whose mission is to provide development, mentorship, community assistance and further enrich the architectural profession through different cultural views and practices.

UrbanWorks Featured in “New Chicago Architecture” Exhibit

By | December 18, 2015 | Exhibits, Publications | No Comments

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.

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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UrbanWorks is Shortlisted in ChiDesign Competition

By | October 9, 2015 | 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Architecture Foundation, Awards, Exhibits | No Comments

CHI ICE aerial winter 05The UrbanWorks concept ICE CADE is shortlisted in the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) design competition ChiDesign – an international ideas competition. The concept includes the new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces of the CAF; a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH); a design and allied arts high school; and flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs. The ICE CADE building is an homage to an ice sculpture rising from an urban street. All ChiDesign entries are on display at the CAF Atrium Gallery.

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UrbanWorks Staff Featured at Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) Exhibit

By | September 29, 2015 | 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Exhibits, Staff Happenings | No Comments

07272015 Revised Logo 2Patricia Saldaña Natke, Maria Pellot and Ameera Ashraf-O’Neil are being featured at the CWA a.DOT “Architects. Doing Our Thing” exhibit, as part of the 2015 Chicago Architectural Biennial. The a.DOT exhibit highlights the work of women in Chicago’s architecture, their personal inspirations, as well as their work’s influence on the future of architecture itself.

The exhibit will be held October 1-4, 2015 at the SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 N State Street, Floor 12, Chicago IL.

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