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Old Posted Feb 20, 2012, 11:50 PM
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True, but usually the structural engineer doesn't play such an outsize role in determining the design. It was Khan's bundled-tube system that gave Sears its shape, and it was his diagonal bracing that is JHC's most distinctive feature.

I'm not trying to minimize Graham, but from all accounts, Khan had a huge hand in the design that is very unusual for an engineer. From my perspective, he deserves just as much credit.
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^ Is the cigarette pack story true (seeing 3 or 4 cigarettes partially sticking out of a cigarette pack at different lengths, providing the germ of ST's eventual massing)? If so, was it Bruce or Fazlur who saw the cigs? I assume both of them smoked; after all, it was the (end of the) 1960s.
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^^^ Who knows whether the story about it being the spark behind the idea, but it certainly was an effective comparison that the architects were able to use to explain their ideas to the masses. That's one thing architects are usually very bad at; illustrating the ideas behind their designs to the public. Graham and Khan were unusually skilled at this perhaps only because their designs expressed the structure so well that people could easily see them and say "oh I get how you are making that stand up" because, after all, who hasn't seen a pack of cigarettes or a cross braced bridge or tower.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2012, 4:42 PM
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^ Is the cigarette pack story true
It's not that the cigarettes were an inspiration for the design, it's that they were an analogy Graham used one day in a meeting to be sure he understood Khan's concept. The new movie at Skydeck Chicago makes this much clearer than the old History Channel show did.
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Old Posted Feb 21, 2012, 4:53 PM
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Looks like they were assembling the crane this morning for the Hyatt McCormick expansion.
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501 N Clark - climbing out of the pit

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Feb 13 - I believe these are the cisterns for Chicago's requirement to store 3" of runoff each rainfall


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^ Curious, what are the embed plates used for?

Thanks for the updates, Harry.
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^ Curious, what are the embed plates used for?

Thanks for the updates, Harry.

Tied into the rebar they are where you weld things to concrete buildings.

Here some are seen (edgewise on the right) - Roosevelt Univ dorm.
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The IBM lobby is landmarked and no modifications are allowed other than adding an entrance, shifting one and installing storefront walls as separation between the hotel and office entrances. Those renderings are most certainly NOT at the current lobby level.
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The project requires a balancing act, one that involves differentiating the hotel lobby from a typical office building entrance but also respecting Mies original design. There will be some changes to the ground floor, Lohan said, but "it's not going to change the basic look."
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Old Posted Feb 25, 2012, 12:48 AM
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I don't have much sense of Lohan as an architect, but he did 353 North Clark, so he's gotta be at least competent.

It's awfully poetic that they let Lohan work on Gramps' building, but I wonder what he'll do?
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It's awfully poetic that they let Lohan work on Gramps' building
It truly is. Kind of adds a cool chapter to Chicago's architectural story.

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An article from Chicago Architectural Blog about the horrific AMLI South Loop lofts. For once, we've got some NIMBYs I can agree with. I disagree on the parking, but I agree on the importance of more density. Maybe a little closer to the street than this suburban development only blocks from the tallest building in the US (at least for a few more years) and the second largest CBD in the US.

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Old Posted Feb 29, 2012, 4:11 AM
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Besides the parking atrocity and loss in density, the old plan didn't look that much better than the current. Maybe they were just massing models, but the old plan looked like something out of the 70's or 80's.

The writer in that article seems to think the south loop is going to hit some sort of huge turnaround due to this project. Does anyone think there is any truth to that? I have a friend in the south loop whose building was recently foreclosed. Needless to say, he and his neighbors aren't as optimistic as this author was!
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Old Posted Feb 29, 2012, 4:24 AM
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^That's quite an entertaining account. There were only seven people, as I recall, at the meeting he describes. Only four spoke. So the idea that there was "consensus" one way or the other is stretching things a bit.

As for the financial outlook, the difference is rental vs. condo. AMLI sees a strong continuing market for well-managed relatively high-standards rental—in part because people are still very nervous about being able to finance a condo and being able to resell it when they move. So a lot of young professionals of the corporate transfer type are renting rather than buying these days.
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