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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Architecture Biennial Artistic Directors Sharon Johnson and Mark Lee joined together to formally kick off the multi-month exhibition that will showcase the work of dozens of architects and designers from around the globe. With a theme of “Make New History,” this year’s Biennial will explore the role history plays in making new architecture.
Similar to the 2015 edition, this year’s Biennial will call the Chicago Cultural Center its home base. The Biennial will not only display works and exhibits from designers in the building, but the event will transform the Chicago Cultural Center itself by featuring several so-called legacy installations throughout the building’s interior atrium, corridors, and arcade.
In addition to its main hub at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Biennial will feature six neighborhood “anchor sites” outside of downtown. They include the Beverly Arts Center in the Beverly community, the DePaul Art Museum in Lincoln Park, the DuSable Museum of African American History in Washington Park, the Hyde Park Art Center in Hyde Park, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Humboldt Park.
This year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial launch aligns with EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier’s annual art and design convention. Running through January 7, 2018, the Biennial will feature 141 participants from 20 countries and will showcase the work from local artists and designers such as Ania Jaworska, Daniel Everett, David Schalliol, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Marshall Brown, Norman Kelley, and many others. The full list of firms and artists participating in this year’s edition can be seen on the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s website.
Riot Fest might be taking over town for the weekend, but there’s still plenty to do, and most of these activities are a whole lot quieter than the riotous fest.
Festival favorite at Music Box
“Columbus” has been one of the darlings of the film festival circuit this year, and it’s also been playing at Music Box Theatre for the last week. If you want to see it, Thursday is your last chance, with shows at 2 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The critically acclaimed drama hits close to home, literally, telling the story of a man who leaves Korea for a return to his Midwestern home in Columbus, Ind., to see his hospitalized, dying father and winds up connecting with a local woman over his dad’s death and her dreams. Tickets: $11 at musicboxtheatre.com.
Retro rummaging, all about Chicago
Fashion show from creator of Chano’s overalls
Let’s be honest: we’ve all noticed the overalls Chance the Rapper has been rocking occasionally, and we’re all jealous. It’s OK to admit it. Where did he get them? In true Chano fashion, the overalls came from another local, fashion designer Sheila Rashid, whose unisex brand includes the Rapper’s chic overalls. This weekend, you can see Rashid launch her full “Made and Delivered” collection—overalls included—at a fashion show 7 p.m. Friday at The Annex (1620 W. Chicago Ave.). The free show includes sounds spun by Chante’ Linwood, and champagne will be served. RSVP at sheilarashid.com.
Art on Pier-ade
Chef Gabriele Bonci is something of a singular savant when it comes to pizza. Italian Vogue dubbed him “the Michelangelo of pizza,” which comes pretty close to capturing Bonci’s stature when it comes to these pies. The Roman pizza maker recently blessed the West Loop with one of his signature pizzerias, and, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, he’ll be at SoHo House (113 N. Green St.) for a pizza-making party. The pizza is on the house, but bring money for sides and drinks. RSVP to EDNChicago@sohohouse.com.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon is seeking bids for a second headquarters location that will be equal in size to its current Seattle base. It would ultimately employ 50,000 people in 8 million square feet of office space at an average salary of over $100,000.
This is going to be the feeding frenzy of the century.
This seems to suggest that Amazon thinks it is about capped out in Seattle, which the Seattle Times recently labeled “America’s biggest company town.” The company has over 8 million square feet of office space and accounts for nearly 20 percent of the city’s total office space. The next biggest footprint of any user in any city is Citi, with only about 3.7 million square feet in New York. (Interestingly, Columbus, Ohio is in second place when it comes to being dominated by a single office user; Nationwide Insurance has 16 percent of the total market. It looks like these may be city, not regional totals).
Seattle is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with 3.8 million people. It’s also a highly attractive region with no trouble luring people to move there. So while Amazon says that it’s open to metro areas of over a million people, realistically, if you want to be as big as Amazon is in Seattle today, you probably need to be in a market as big as Seattle or bigger.
Fifty thousand is a huge number of workers, especially when they are high-skill white-collar ones. Very few cities could easily supply that labor force. Which ones might? Let’s game this out.
Well, the usual coastal suspects can probably swing it. But they have the problem of already having very high costs and hot labor markets for exactly the skills Amazon is seeking—and building restrictions that make growth hard. The Bay Area would be an obvious choice for an HQ, but can it really accommodate one? A better question might be, does it want to? I would suggest similar questions apply to Boston.
Los Angeles/Southern California, New York, and Washington could accommodate an employer that big. Again, high costs are an issue. But especially L.A. and New York are so huge, they can do things other cities can’t. Washington is by its DNA a government town. It’s high-tech, but a lot of that tech is government related.
Rahm Emanuel in Chicago says he’s already had conversations with Bezos. If I were making the choice, Chicago would be at the top of my list. It’s an established urban center that’s a reasonable flight distance from Seattle, with transit, a huge airline, and more. It’s also a slam-dunk draw for every Big Ten school. You can bet that Illinois’s political dysfunction would mysteriously disappear to get a deal done here. One person says Amazon’s staunchly anti-union stance rules out Chicago. We’ll see, but Seattle has strong unions too, and unions are less applicable to a while-collar workforce. Chicago has been looking for a transformational event, and this could be it.Possibly Amazon could also take a chance on scaling some smaller places, like Denver or Minneapolis. I expect everybody to be all over this. And yes, there will be huge government money on the table. Not even the most ardent anti-subsidy person out there is going to take a pass on this.
To me, this is a big test of the thesis that the coasts are capped out, which will force growth into the interior. If Amazon picks a big, established, high-cost coastal center, that will tend to undercut it. We will see.