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BH-50559-13

Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2505)
Jennifer Masengarb (Project Director: 03/07/2013 to present)

The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the development of the skyscraper and its impact on the city of Chicago and on urbanization throughout the world.

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the development of the skyscraper and its impact on the city of Chicago and on urbanization throughout the world. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers a workshop to explore how the development of the skyscraper changed the city of Chicago and the world. At the close of the nineteenth century, a boom of new tall buildings in Chicago's city center, or "Loop," formed what became known as the "Chicago School" of architecture. Workshop participants examine the economic and technological factors that precipitated this boom as well as the social and aesthetic changes that it unleashed. They further consider the place of these now-historic buildings in twenty-first-century Chicago and the bold new superstructures in Asia and the Middle East. The workshop features several landmark buildings in the "Loop," such as the Reliance Building (D. H. Burnham & Co., 1895), the Chicago Tribune Tower (Raymond Hood, 1925), and the Federal Center (Mies van der Rohe, 1964, 1974). Aided by a series of exercises ("how to read a building," "how to sketch like an architect," and "how to use buildings as primary resources"), teachers learn how architecture conveys meaning. The study of original drawings and photographs shows how period images shaped public understanding and responses. Lectures and discussions are led by historian Henry Binford (Northwestern University); architectural historians Katherine Solomonson (University of Minnesota) and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Parsons The New School for Design), and practicing architects. Readings include selections from (among other works) William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West; Daniel Bluestone's Constructing Chicago; Louis Sullivan's 1896 essay, "The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered"; and Carl Sandburg's 1916 Chicago Poems. Participants receive CAF's award-winning curriculum guide, Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago's Amazing Architecture.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Landmarks of American History

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$169,000 (approved)
$169,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014