3 Urban Landscape Cultural Events to Get You Through February
Or am I the only one who has a problem with February? We’ve been tossing around announcements of upcoming events that intersect with landscape design in one way or another and I collected them here to share the cultural wealth. Several of us will be attending these – if you will be there let us know!
“Luminous Field” is an interactive video/sound installation taking place in Millennium Park from February 10-20. A collaboration by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, the installation will transform the landscape surrounding Anish Kapoor’s ‘Cloud Gate’ sculpture with dramatic images and colors set to music composed by Owen Clayton Condon, a member of Third Coast Percussion. Read more about it in the arts section of the Tribune where you can see a video about how the exhibit will be interactive and watch an interview with the artists. Its interactive, multisensory features will immerse you in a transformed landscape.
Architecture & Design Film Festival
The Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to Chicago this April 12-16th with a new program of 31 films from 13 countries. We’re excited about a number of them:
The program featuring Robert A.M Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House will also include several shorts, one on the second phase of the High Line, and another on the temporary urban farm created for MoMA’s contemporary art gallery in Queens, P.S. 1. Both of these landscape design projects spurred new thinking about urban space in cities throughout the country.
EAMES: The Architect and the Painter, a film about the great designers Charles and Ray Eames that the New York Times calls, “lively, gratifying…appropriately busy and abundant: full of objects, information, stories and people, organized with hectic elegance.”
Pierscape: Chicago’s Navy Pier
Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to view the top five responses to Pierscape, the design competition for a new vision for Chicago’s Navy Pier, on display at the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now through May. As a member of the PierEscape team with Aedas Architects/Davis Brody Bond/Martha Schwartz Partners we are looking forward to a dynamic public conversation that we hope will evolve from this competition. In that spirit, please look at all the teams’ submissions online and leave comments there. In case you missed it, the Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin gave his review of the submissions in a recent post.