Competition: 2012 Chicago Prize
FUTURE PRENTICE

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COMPETITION RESULTS ANNOUNCED!


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On November 6, a distinguished jury of prominent architects, historians and cultural leaders met and recognized three winners and one Honorable Mention.

The jury members included:
William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE / SOM
Zurich Esposito / AIA Chicago
Martin Felsen, AIA / UrbanLab
Kevin Harrington / Architectural Historian
Carlos Martinez, AIA / Gensler
Bonnie McDonald / Landmarks Illinois
John Ronan, AIA / John Ronan Architects
Zoe Ryan / The Art Institute of Chicago

The Chicago Architectural Club with AIA Chicago, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation extend their congratulations to the winners and honorable mention.

Competition winners and all entries are displayed at the exhibit "Reconsidering an Icon" at the Chicago Architecture Foundation through February 2013.

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FIRST PRIZE


Project Title: The Buildings are sleeping, you should go and wake them up, she says.
 
Team: Cyril Marsollier  and Wallo Villacorta

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SECOND PRIZE

 
Project Title: Superimpositions: Prentice as Additive Icon
 
Team: Noel Turgeon  and Natalya Egon

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THIRD PRIZE


 Project Title: Bridging Prentice
 
Team: James Wild, Lauren Haras, Katherine Lee, Andres Lemus, Tom Marquardt, Pedro Melis, Saman Moayer, Kerry Rutz, Katelyn Smith, Ashley Wendela

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HONORABLE MENTION


 
Project title: Project X
 
Team: Anja Buttolo, Tilmann Lohse , Priska Lohse , Michael Pancost

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COMPETITION INFORMATION


The Chicago Architectural Club is pleased to announce the 2012 Chicago Prize Competition: “FUTURE PRENTICE”, with its partners, the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This is a single-stage international design ideas competition intended to act as a platform for public debate about the future of one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant Modern buildings, Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.

Located in the downtown Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville, this concrete, clover leaf-shaped structure is considered an iconic piece of architecture for the city by some and an eyesore by others. Completed in 1975, the organically-shaped form stands out in a field of rectilinear mid-rise and high-rise developments.

The hospital is considered ground-breaking for its cutting-edge architecture and advanced engineering, as well as for what was a progressive design approach to organizing medical wards and services. Prentice Women’s Hospital received international press coverage and an award from Engineering News Record for its innovative tower and open floor-plate layout that eliminated the need for structural support columns. Partially occupied until fall of 2011, the structure has been determined to be in sound condition, but in need of repair. Today the building is in imminent danger of being torn down by its owner, Northwestern University, but it’s fate ultimately lies in the hands of the city’s administration. A study was commissioned by Landmarks Illinois in 2011 to propose alternative uses for the structure, which is now vacant, as Prentice Women’s Hospital had moved into a new structure less than a block away. The three schemes produced were rejected by Northwestern University as either not needed or too limiting for the university’s research agenda.

A coalition, which includes AIA Chicago, DoCoMoMo (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement), Landmarks Illinois, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Chicago has been formed to advocate for the preservation of this irreplaceable modern building. It has been on the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 “10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois”list by Landmarks Illinois, it was placed on the National Trust’s 2011 “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” in the nation list and has been determined by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Renowned local and international architects, and concerned citizens alike, have signed letters and petitions for the structure to be saved.

COMPETITION CHARGE
The “FUTURE PRENTICE” Competition seeks to explore alternative solutions for this historic piece of architecture. What would you propose to do with this structure? What other uses are possible? How would you re-envision this iconic building? How can a building that changed the course of modern hospital design and structural engineering be re-used for the future?

COMPETITION BRIEF

Download Competition Brief HERE

JURY
The jury will be composed of some of Chicago’s most prominent architects, historians and cultural leaders:

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE / SOM
Zurich Esposito / AIA Chicago
Martin Felsen, AIA / UrbanLab
Kevin Harrington / Architectural Historian
Carlos Martinez, AIA / Gensler
Bonnie McDonald / Landmarks Illinois
John Ronan, AIA / John Ronan Architects
Zoe Ryan / The Art Institute of Chicago

AWARDS
First prize: $3,000.00
Second prize: $1,500.00
Third prize: $750.00

PARTNERS
AIA Chicago
Chicago Architecture Foundation

OTHER RESOURCES:

New York Times Article

Vanity Fair Article

Chicago Reader Article

Chicago Tribune Article

Landmarks Illinois: Prentice Women's Hospital Website

Docomomo: Prentice Women's Hospital Website

Northwestern University: Old Prentice Re-use Analysis