Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993: Reconfiguration of an American Metropolis

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This major volume on Chicago's urban history is the first to document the architectural evolution of the city in relation to the social and architectural environments before and after the Great Depression and World War II. The book identifies significant changes in city planning, land use, and transportation, and it explores some of the most exciting architecture in the world in the context of America's political, social, and cultural climate. The book contains over 600 illustrations, including line drawings of key sites and specially commissioned photographs of buildings, furniture, and other artifacts. The plates are accompanied by extensive annotations. Seventeen original and authoritative essays by scholars working in a variety of fields, including design history and American studies, offer a panoramic view of the mature twentieth-century city.

Numerous innovations in urban design that have had a decisive impact on Chicago and on other cities worldwide are discussed. Among the many important developments featured are O'Hare International Airport; the first urban mall, Water Tower Place; the growth of the suburban business center; such famous skyscrapers as the John Hancock Center and the Sears Tower; the winning entry of the 1988 Chicago Public Library competition; and the controversial State of Illinois Building.

The sequel to the widely acclaimed Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis, published by Prestel in 1987, this volume appears in conjunction with an exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago. Included is an exhibition checklist, a genealogy of Chicago architects, and biographies of important architects, planners, and other personalities who contributed to the shape of Chicago today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865591097
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgments 9
The Burden of History: Chicago Architecture before and after the Great Depression and World War II 15
Architecture and Infrastructure
"The Best Lighted City in the World": The Construction of a Nocturnal Landscape in Chicago 33
"Forever Inadequate to the Rising Stream": Dream Cities, Automobiles, and Urban Street Mobility in Central Chicago 53
"All Airplanes Lead to Chicago: Airport Planning and Design in a Midwest Metropolis 75
The Commercial City
The Making of the Merchandise Mart, 1927-1931: Air Rights and the Plan of Chicago 99
Light, Height, and Site: The Skyscraper in Chicago 119
Mies van der Rohe in America 141
The City and the Suburb
Schaumburg, Oak Brook, Rosemont, and the Recentering of the Chicago Metropolitan Area 159
The City That Shops: Chicago's Retailing Landscape 179
The Postwar Modern House in Chicago 201
Architecture and Politics
Exhihiting Progress: Italy's Contribution to the Century of Progress Exposition 219
The Rise of Public Housing in Chicago, 1930-1960 233
City Hall and the Architecture of Power: The Rise and Fall of the Dearborn Corridor 247
Design in Chicago
"To Build a Better Mousetrap": Design in Chicago, 1920-1970 265
Graphic Design in Chicago 283
The Legacy of Chicago Arthiecture
Helmut Jahn and the Line of Succession 303
Chicago Architects: Genealogy and Exegesis 311
Plates 327
Urban Images 329
Transportation 332
Institutions and Government 342
Commerce and Business 349
Industry 368
Shopping 376
Houses and Housing 387
Recreation 401
Catalogue 409
Biographical Glossary 458
Index of Architects and Designers 475
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