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

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In 1987-88, the Art Institute of Chicago sponsored a very successful exhibition and book titled Chicago Architecture 1872-1922: Birth of a Metropolis (Prestel, 1988). Also edited by Zukowsky, that earlier volume, devoted to the so-called Chicago School of Architecture of the late 19th century and the City Beautiful movement that followed, is brought up-to-date with this thick book. The last 70 years of Chicago's architectural history are covered in 17 scholarly essays, a small catalog of illustrations, and a biographical glossary of Chicago architects. Essay topics range from the development of transportation facilities, to the emergence of suburban development, to the politics of architecture in the city. The volume is billed as ``the first major study of Chicago's architectural achievements in the 20th century,'' and it lives up to its billing. Highly recommended.-- Peter Kaufman, Boston Coll.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791312514
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Series: Architecture and Design Ser.
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 12.04 (h) x 1.55 (d)

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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