Can the Documentary “Starship Chicago” Save the Thompson Center from Demolition?

Opening in 1985, Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center became home for various agencies of the State of Illinois, with its design playing off of the designs of more traditional American statehouse. For example, the glass walls symbolize government transparency and the large atrium space compared to that of most US statehouses. Additionally, the structure’s short, sloped glass curtain wall with a protruding truncated cylinder structure on top stands out from the rectilinear skyscrapers that make up downtown Chicago’s skyline. The design attracted controversy as its unusual form and immense atrium made the building a constant focus for negative press for the last 30+ years, however the city gradually became accustomed to the Thompson’s Center’s unique presence and see it as a symbol of pride and a celebration of Chicago being the architecture capital of the world (and, personal opinion, it is). Continue reading “Can the Documentary “Starship Chicago” Save the Thompson Center from Demolition?”

Robie House – Doc’D #41

In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, design characteristics and lasting legacy of Robie House, one of the premiere houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Continue reading “Robie House – Doc’D #41”

Chicago’s Marina City Complex is NOW an Official City Landmark!

At almost 52 years since it was completed, Chicago’s Marina City Complex — designed by Bertrand Goldberg — has been declared an official architectural landmark. This comes after a 48-0 vote by the City Council, and now the complex of buildings will be given their official designation nine days from now on March 16, according to a report from The Architect Magazine. Continue reading “Chicago’s Marina City Complex is NOW an Official City Landmark!”

The Force is Strong with MAD; George Lucas’ Museum Design Approved in Chicago

Updated design for the Lucas Museum in Chicago. Image © Lucas Museum of Narrative Art / MAD

Now I have a new location for my pilgrimage to become an architectural Jedi (having worked at VOA Associates in Chicago for 6 months back in 2006), as the Chicago City Council recently voted to approve zoning for George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art, designed by MAD. The project site is located along the lakefront area on Chicago’s Museum Campus park, near the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum, and the project was deemed controversial by environmentalists’ claims that the building’s “mountainous” design would be a “confiscation of public land.” However, according to NBC News, the Star Wars director won the Council’s approval by promising more parking and tailgating space to fans of “Da’ Bears“. Continue reading “The Force is Strong with MAD; George Lucas’ Museum Design Approved in Chicago”

The Styles of Frank Lloyd Wright – Doc’D #13

In this month’s architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, works styles and legacy of “the greatest American architect of all time”, Frank Lloyd Wright. ———————————— BLOG: thepractitionerd.com STORE: zazzle.com/thepractitionerd* SUPPORT via AMAZON (USA): http://goo.gl/lLtTl SUPPORT via AMAZON (Canada): http://goo.gl/2U8vbE SUPPORT via THINK-GEEK: http://goo.gl/7J5clD ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-practitionerd/id649891890 FACEBOOK: facebook.com/ThePractitioNERD TWITTER: twitter.com/PractitioNERD, twitter.com/ThePNERDdotcom PINTEREST: pinterest.com/PractitioNERD INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/PractitioNERD … Continue reading The Styles of Frank Lloyd Wright – Doc’D #13

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So, How Did That ‘3D Print a Car in 6 Days’ Experiment Go?

Well what do you know; IT WORKED!

So, here’s some backstory: if you were to get about six days to take care of a few tasks, you could probably get quite a bit of work done by yourself, but do you think you could you build an ENTIRE car from scratch AND take it for a test drive? Maybe. Likely not. However, the crew over at Local Motors were pretty confident that their 3D-printed car — yes, you read that right — could be rolled out of Chicago’s McCormick Place and go for a spin this past Sunday. The actual 3D printing process began a while back as the challenge was implemented at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, and the team is using a carbon-reinforced plastic and a Big Area Additive Manufacturing printer.

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Tiny Apt. Old PCs UFC Women Retired Punk – WIRed #103

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It’s time for Episode 103 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a compact (yet roomy) apartment complex, ‘Kids React’ to the Apple II, female grapplers in EA Sports UFC, and the retired life of CM Punk! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Tiny Apt. Old PCs UFC Women Retired Punk – WIRed #103”

CM Punk’s Activities Post-Retirement from WWE (yes, you read that right…)

Red Eye Chicago interviewed former WWE Champion CM Punk as he was taking part in the commemoration of Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout games in 1998. He was asked about whether or not it pitching 20 strikeout games was more impressive than holding the WWE Championship for 434 days. Punk fielded that question, stating that Wood’s would have to answer that and noting that he felt that it was the most impressively pitched game in major league history. Of course, one of the following questions was regarding his status as an active member of the WWE roster, to which the Straight-Edge Superstar indeed confirmed that at the age of 35, he is actively retired from professional wrestling.

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Doc’D #11- The Thirty-Year Pinball Ban

In this month’s gaming-themed episode of PractitioNERD Doc’D, host Montez McCrary discusses the thirty-year-plus great pinball ban in American cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Too bad about that ban; that “deaf, dumb, and blind kid” was SOOOO good at it! Continue reading “Doc’D #11- The Thirty-Year Pinball Ban”