Beaux-Arts is Back: Beaux-Arts Ball and World Congress Dinner

Wednesday, 30 October, 6:30 pm–10:00 pm
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel at the Aqua Tower, Chicago

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1931 Beaux-Arts Ball held in New York City. From left to right: A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building, Leonard Schultze as Waldorf-Astoria, Ely Jacques Kahn as the Squibb Building, William Van Alen as the Chrysler Building, Ralph Walker as Wall Street tower, D.E. Ward as Metropolitan Tower, and Joseph H. Freedlander as the Museum of the City of New York. © American Institute of Architects (cc by-sa)

In honor of the Council’s 50th Anniversary, a 10th World Congress Dinner inspired by the Beaux-Arts Architect’s Ball of 1931—where prominent architects arrived dressed as the buildings they had created—will take place at the closing of the 2019 core conference programming. We invite attendees to don costumes as elaborate and inventive as they desire—all in the spirit of the historic annual gathering. Will you be the next William Van Alen, forever captured and remembered as his iconic Chrysler Building?

The evening will be fun and glamorous with a costume contest featuring live judging, a grand prize, a step and repeat with a professional photographer, and a full cocktail hour followed by a multi-course menu. Come dressed in a costume inspired by the theme of this year’s World Congress: 50 Forward | 50 Back, interpreted as liberally as you wish to incorporate elements from the city, your favorite tall building, an idea of the past or technologies from the future.

About This Social Event Location

Aqua at Lakeshore East

About Aqua at Lakeshore East

Unlike a tower in an open field, new towers in urban environments must negotiate small viewing corridors between existing buildings. In response to this, the Aqua Tower is designed to capture particular views that would otherwise be unattainable. A series of contours defined by outdoor terraces extends away from the face of the tower structure to provide views between neighboring buildings. The terraces inflect based on criteria such as the view, solar shading and size and type of dwelling. When viewed together, these unique terraces make the building appear to undulate, presenting a highly sculptural appearance that is rooted in function.

These outdoor terraces are cantilevered up to 4m (12ft) and have a depth of 23cm (9in) which thins out towards the edge of the cantilever to assist… Read More

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