New concert series weaves together music, architecture for online audiences

02/25/2021 - 10:35am

While the past year has been challenging for musicians who normally perform before live audiences, it has also created opportunities for innovation. One result is SOUND/SITES, a virtual concert series that combines music with architectural landmarks on the University of Chicago campus. A co-production of UChicago Presents and the Department of Music, the quarterly series offers a new way for artists and audiences to safely connect amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an avenue for...

University Trustee Kenneth Griffin to loan renowned art collection for exhibit at David Rubenstein Forum

12/18/2019 - 10:02am

University of Chicago Trustee Kenneth C. Griffin has agreed to loan a wide selection of works from his acclaimed art collection to be on exhibit at the University’s David Rubenstein Forum when the building officially opens in the autumn of 2020. Selections from Griffin’s collection will launch the “Art at the Rubenstein” program in which significant works of art will animate the building, while promoting and supporting scholarship and teaching focused on the exhibition. The art exhibition will...

UChicago Hong Kong campus wins international architectural design award

09/12/2019 - 10:30am

The Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex | The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong has won the prestigious Prix Versailles international design award. The campus, which opened in 2018, was awarded the Special Prize for Interior in the Prix Versailles Campuses category, in recognition of its innovation, creativity, energy efficiency, reflection of local, natural, and cultural heritage, and its promotion of the values of social interaction and...

University announces names for seven new College residential houses

09/11/2019 - 11:00am

Seven houses of the Woodlawn Residential Commons, the new undergraduate residence and dining complex to open in 2020, will be named in honor of supporters of the University of Chicago. Designed to foster community and intellectual exchange, the residential houses are foundational to UChicago’s distinctive culture and student-life traditions. Each house is named for prominent members of the UChicago community to honor their service to the University. “Residential life is essential to the...

UChicago to build expanded Center in Paris

01/06/2019 - 02:00pm

The University of Chicago will expand its presence in Paris through the construction of a new building designed by Studio Gang, growing opportunities for education, research and scholarly engagement across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Expected to open in 2022, the project will double UChicago’s space in Paris and replace the University’s existing Center, which has experienced tremendous growth in interest and programming since opening in 2003. The Center in Paris was UChicago’s first...

Exhibition from Venice Architecture Biennale coming to Chicago in 2019

12/13/2018 - 01:00pm

An exhibition from the recently concluded Venice Architecture Bienniale that was co-commissioned by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago is coming to Chicago early next year. Dimensions of Citizenship: Architecture and Belonging from the Body to the Cosmos, the official U.S. entry at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, will be on view for the first time in the United States from Feb. 15 to April 27, 2019 at Wrightwood 659 in...

UChicago Child Development Center Stony Island / Wheeler Kearns Architects

07/18/2018 - 10:46am

Article explores architecture of UChicago Child Development Center Stony Island

Jeanne Gang discusses ‘mining the city’ for inspiration about architecture and design

04/17/2018 - 10:31am

For architect Jeanne Gang, the materials that compose the built environment are as important to her as the final design. Speaking April 10 at UChicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, Gang recalled visiting a ruin on St. John’s several years ago that served as inspiration: Although its craggy stone walls seemed unremarkable at first, Gang later discovered that they were made up of the skeletons of harvested coral and brick shards that were likely used as ballast on slave ships. “The question is: Are...

University of Chicago to continue expansion of College housing

01/23/2018 - 12:00pm

Continuing efforts to enhance on-campus housing for College students, the University of Chicago plans to build a new residential hall and dining commons that will open in the 2020-21 academic year. The new Woodlawn Residential Commons will be located between Woodlawn and University avenues, just north of 61st Street. The new facility will house approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and resident staff, along with amenities, including lounges, study rooms and outdoor spaces. The facility will...

Exhibition studies U.S. international relations through architecture

10/26/2017 - 04:27pm

After the brutality of World War II, the United States sought to usher in a new era of optimism in the late 1940’s through an ambitious embassy program that called on some of the greatest architects of the century to design buildings that represented a new foreign policy of openness, dialogue and progress. Those efforts are now the central theme of the latest exhibition at the Neubauer Collegium entitled Havana Case Study, which runs now through Dec. 15, 2017. It is one of several programs that...