Dec 8th 2015

Making of The Lakefront Kiosk

Dirk Denison, professor at IIT Architecture and Director of Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, will speak on Pezo von Ellrichshausen's Cent Pavilion at a CAB panel to be held at 6 p.m. on Tue., Dec. 8 at Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street).

During the final Tuesday Talks lecture, Denison joins others to explore designs for the four lakefront kiosks commissioned by the Chicago Architecture Biennial. One kiosk was selected through an international competition, while the other three are the result of collaborations between local architecture programs and internationally renowned architects. Hear from the kiosk designers during this conversation, moderated by the Biennial’s co-artistic director Sarah Herda.

The Chicago Horizon, the kiosk competition winner, is located near the Shedd Aquarium on Museum Campus. Two of the School Kiosks can be found in Millennium Park on the Chase Promenade. The University of Illinois at Chicago kiosk is adjacent to ‘The Bean.’ Nearby, view a representation of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago kiosk design, which will be produced and installed in 2016. The Illinois Institute of Technology kiosk is represented by a model on display in the Cultural Center, and will be placed in 2016. The Chicago Architecture Biennial kiosks will be located along the lakefront from Montrose Beach to Harold Washington Park.

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The four Biennial lakefront kiosks include:
The Chicago Horizon Ultramoderne

The Cent Pavilion Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Illinois Institute of Technology

Rock Kunlé Adeyemi, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Summer Vault Paul Preissner, Paul Anderson, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture

Speakers include:

Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis are the co-principals of Ultramoderne, an award-winning architecture and design firm located in Providence, RI. Ultramoderne is committed to creating architecture and public spaces that are at once modern, playful, and generous. The principals are driven by an experimental approach that leads to conceptually rigorous and well-executed designs. The office has experience working at a wide variety of scales, from single-family residences to urban-scale planning. Clients include the Van Alen Institute, National Parks Service, Chicago Parks District, and the Boston Society of Architects.

Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner started their collaboration by designing two barns for the 2013 Biennial of the Americas. Preissner runs Paul Preissner Architects and is associate professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Andersen founded Independent Architecture in 2009. He also teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is the author of The Architecture of Patterns (2010) and The Monuments Power the Cars (2015).

Dirk Denison is an architect and an educator. He trained at The University of Michigan, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 1990, Denison established his practice, Dirk Denison Architects, in Chicago. His firm’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally through awards and publications for outstanding residential and commercial design work. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in May of 2005. In addition to studying at IIT, Denison has held multiple positions there as a full-time faculty member over the last two decades. As the Director of Graduate Programs, Director of Undergraduate Programs, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Supervising Campus Architect and Design Studio Professor, his teaching has focused on community-based planning, multi-family housing, and urban design. Denison led a series of joint design studios between the College of Architecture at IIT and Harvard’s Design School between 1994 and 1997, focused on public housing and issues of urban renewal.

Douglas Pancoast is Associate Professor, Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his BArch from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design and his MArch from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been included in exhibitions at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.; Architectural League of New York; and Cranbrook Kingswood Gallery. He has published work in the Princeton Architectural Press; Oculus; Architecture; and The Architectural Review. His awards include the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Forum Competition and the Charles E. Peterson Prize.