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  • ISBN-13: 9780226870380
  • ISBN: 0226870383
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Waldheim, Charles, Ray, Katerina Ruedi


When you think of modern architecture, you think of Chicago, the mythical birthplace of the skyscraper, the cradle of twentieth-century American design, and the home of iconic works by such heroic modernist figures as Louis Sullivan, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Idealized and commodified through tourism and contemporary culture, the city's skyline and landmark buildings are evidence of the founding myths of the modern movement internationally. In Chicago Architecture, Charles Waldheim and Katerina Rüedi Ray revise and offer alternatives to the archetypal story of modern architecture in Chicago. Together with an esteemed group of contributors they assert that the mythic status of Chicago architecture has distorted our understanding of the historical circumstances in which it was realized. This searching volume illuminates the importance of photographs, books, magazines, and other media in the cultivation of an international audience for Chicago architecture; it explores the pivotal role of real estate developers, finance and insurance sectors, and speculative capital markets in the development of the city itself; and perhaps most notably, it examines a wide variety of overlooked architectural works and their creators-individuals who did not fit into the dominant modernist narrative. Offering new insights on Chicago public housing and O'Hare International Airport, on the Columbian Exposition and Marina City, on the city's grid system and the place of women architects in the story of Chicago modernism, and on the subjective experience of living inside Chicago's most well-known buildings, Chicago Architectureis a work of enormous scope and visiona book as heady as the city it considers.Waldheim, Charles is the author of 'Chicago Architecture Histories, Revisions, Alternatives', published 2005 under ISBN 9780226870380 and ISBN 0226870383.

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