Stubby Times

The old Sun-Times building is looking mighty stubby these days, as it's demolished to make way for Mr. Trump's BIG TOWER.

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Photo taken at lunchtime today on a chilly, but splendidly sunny Chicago day.

Update 03.01: Listen to Hello Beautiful's Edward Lifson speak about the view of the IBM Building and the right to keep that view.


  1. Hey, I just randomly came across your blog looking for some architecture images. I was wondering if you had ever used for continuing education?, as i noticed you have a link to the chicago AIA and might possibly need continuing education credits....i'm looking for free courses and this is the only site i've found, and im looking for some other area architects who use them already

  2. I'm only in my first month of acquiring AIA/CE credits, so I haven't checked out that page. Coincidentially I recieved a packet from the University of Illinois with CE courses, $50-600+. Definitely far from what you're looking for.

    I don't know if this would help, but my office hosts sales reps who will put on a lunchtime "seminar" that is eleigible for AIA/CE. Free program and a free lunch. Might be worth looking into, if you don't have it already.

  3. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:The sun times must go, and i know the trump building has been through many design modifications/ conciderations to more appropriatly address a smattering of concerns, but when the day is done, that building is a FAR CRY from what chicago deserves, esspecially given the site, our history and the talent, both politically and architectually, within our city.

    Mediocrity and profits drive a great deal of private development our city.

  4. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]: It'd be cool to get some good pictures of the IBM free and clear after demolition and before the cranes.

  5. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:I kind of liked the Sun-Times building. I enjoyed the idiosychnratic and unaffected way in which that building's form reflected its purpose.
    Not a dazzling beauty though - I won't lament its passing with wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  6. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:Rather than the building itself, I liked the scale of it, especially with the small park situated to its east. It made for one of the most unique vantages along the river that will sadly be lost. A park is planned at the base of Trump's Tower but it will probably be more claustrophobic without being able to offer as much sunlight as the low Sun-Times allowed.

    I also liked the way the building hugged the water, reiterating the horizontality of that body in its low size and directing the eye beyond itself to the river beyond and its adjacent buildings, especially Marina and IBM.

  7. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:jeff,
    I too have a bit of a connection to the Times building, and like the scale. Physiological and sociological connection such as these is perfectly human, but it is apparent in these cases that this is simply a comfort level, fear of change. It is unfortunate that this site will be adorned by a piece of shite. Would London or Paris be so willing to give in to the wishes and desires of developers desire for the upper hand.

    Trump is a media craving and self absorbed SOB.

  8. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:I would appreciate elucidation on how physiological/sociological connections to buildings = fear of change. Esp. regarding upcoming piece of shite, all beefs with mr. trump aside.

  9. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:Here is some brief elucidation for Mr. Eric:
    Based on activation of brain structures by fear and the subsequent effects of electrical and chemical stimulation an individual’s behavioral disposition, quite directly, fear can drive a sense of a false attraction due to an anticipated loss of something or someone that is simply a familiar figure.

  10. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:It was a serious request, George.
    Care to give a more thoughtful answer, this time not trying to snow your audience with psychobabble and deductive fallacy?

  11. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:furthermore:
    Attachment can be a deep and enduring connection established mind and object. It can profoundly influence components of the human experience - mind, body, emotions, relationships and values. Attachment is a strong physiological, cognitive and social phenomenon that can inhibit a balanced and true value system. We can think of this as the Instinctual attachment behaviors.

    I have a master’s degree in psychology and human behavior.

  12. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:And I'm a Reverend.

    Anyway, my question was not "can you please explain the intriguing phenomenon known as attachment?" but "how can you say that people's fondness for certain buildings necessarily derives from their fear of change?" Presumably someone with a masters in psych would have heard rumor that correlation does not equal causation.

    But nevermind all that. What I really want to know is this:
    (maybe faulty memory on my part, but) I can't recall a single comment of yours, on this site, in which the gist of your message was positive. Your primary criticism has been that building x is "shite," and with this thread in particular you seem to care for neither the outgoing nor the upcoming. So, george, what DO you like?

  13. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:Eric,

    Thank you for questioning me and bringing light to my often flippant and shallow remarks. I seem to have a penchant for quick of the cuff comments, negative in nature. I know this is not what you requested, but thought I would have a thoughtful conscience reckoning.

    I like the Brown Line stations just the way they are!

    I do like an architecture that has a quality created through a 'thoughtful' appoach to physical context, social space, and potential for more than a sculptural assemblage of bricks and mortar(to be published), especially in the city. An architect that is sensitive to the surroundings in a deep and tactful way can ignite a city's environment, people and life, with incredible dynamics.

    I must say I like much of the older fabric in our city, such as Lincoln Square, Printers Row, areas in Pilsen, etc (to name a few). These places tend to have a deeper quality of social space and lived space than our egocentric oriented architects have created for us in

  14. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:Con't:

    .............recent times.

    I like the everyday places, a cup of coffee, and my walk home through the dirty a imperfect neighborhoods.

  15. [Moved by web page administrator from original HaloScan comment box]:Thank you. That was refreshing! ;)


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