Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago / Edition 2

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Overview


For more than a decade, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin has been writing fiery, intelligent essays on the state of contemporary architecture. His subjects range from high-rises to highways, parks to public housing, Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry. Why Architecture Matters collects the best of Kamin's acclaimed columns, offering both a look at America's foremost architectural city and a taste of Kamin's penetrating, witty style of critique.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226423227
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Blair Kamin has been the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune since 1992. He also is a contributing editor of Architectural Record. His work has been recognized with 20 professional awards, including such major honors as the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, the George Polk Award for Criticism and the American Institute of Architects' Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement. Kamin also wrote the commentaries for Tribune Tower: American Landmark. He lives in a classic Chicago frame house with his wife, Chicago Tribune writer Barbara Mahany, and their son Willie.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Evolving Metropolis 1
The Mediocre Mile 3
That Comeback Street 15
Public Works and the Public Realm 31
Making the Past a Part of the Future 47
Suburbanizing the City 65
Urbanizing the Suburbs 85
Pt. 2 The Art of Architecture 99
Sizing Up the Skyscraper 101
Unsung Heroes 123
Opportunities Lost (and Found) in Chicago 137
Architecture with a Capital "A": Look Elsewhere 155
Importing "Starchitects" 175
Pt. 3 Architecture as a Social Art 189
Places and Catalysts for Gathering 191
Raising and Razing Temples of Sport 203
Building a Better Life 216
Private Housing: Building Boom, Architecture Bust 230
Public Housing: Sheltered by Design 239
Pt. 4 The Lakefront: Democratic Vistas 279
Putting the Car in Its Place 281
Reinventing the Lakefront 297
Acknowledgments 365
Illustration Credits 371
Index 375
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