Chicago Architecture and Design / Edition 2

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The birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago is noted for an architectural tradition that has influenced building around the globe. Now the authoritative text on the subject is completely redesigned, revised, and expanded to bring the history up to date-with an all-new final chapter on the signature works of the last 20 years, up to and including Frank Gehry's Millennium Park band shell, whose curling ribbons of stainless steel added a dazzling new facet to the city's skyline in July 2004. Some 300 photographs, principally the work of the renowned Chicago studio Hedrich Blessing, illustrate the book. More than half of the photos are new.

Looking at famous structures from the inside out, the book has won praise for its emphasis on the graceful interiors of Chicago's finest buildings. The vivid text discusses the life and work of such towering figures as Daniel Burnham, Louis H. Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe, as well as that of the many lesser-known builders who have contributed to Chicago's reputation as "an architect's city."

Author Bio: Jay Pridmore is a freelance writer and critic. George A. Larson is chairman and director of design of Larson Associates, Chicago and New York. Hedrich Blessing is one of the country's premier architectural photography studios.

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Many books cover historic Chicago buildings, but this significant update of the 1993 classic is one of the few architecture histories to span the city's entire 170 years. Revisions include all-new chapters about the last 20 years in Chicago architecture, up to Frank Gehry's Millennium Park band shell (2004), and 150 brand-new photographs, bringing the total to 300. Pridmore, a freelance writer who has produced books about individual Chicago buildings, and Larson, director of design at Larson Associates, have crafted a solid chronological narrative of design trends and influential buildings of all types through the decades. While paying homage to such giants as Burnham, Sullivan, Wright, and Mies van der Rohe, they also discuss and illustrate the work of other significant Chicago-based architects and firms of various periods. Recommended for libraries with an interest in the region and for comprehensive architecture collections.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810958920
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 572,844
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 11
Ch. 1 The roots of modern architecture 19
Ch. 2 The Chicago school 41
Ch. 3 Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School 87
Ch. 4 From Arts and Crafts to Art Deco 111
Ch. 5 The meaning of Mies and the rise of modernism 137
Ch. 6 Modern and postmodern Chicago 177
Ch. 7 Chicago's second modern period 233
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