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Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2527)
Jennifer Masengarb
BH-50559-13
The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

To support: 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 amount awarded: $169,000
Grant period: 10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014

Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2527)
Jennifer Masengarb
BH-50489-12
The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

To support: Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the development of the skyscraper in Chicago and the relationship of skyscrapers to urbanization.

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the development of the skyscraper in Chicago and the relationship of skyscrapers to urbanization. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers a workshop to explore how the rise of the skyscraper stimulated and reflected change in American life. Between 1885 and 1895, rising land prices and technological changes such as the invention of the elevator and the steel frame made a new building type, the skyscraper, both commercially necessary and physically possible. In the heart of Chicago's city center or "Loop," a boom of new tall buildings formed what became known as the "Chicago School" of architecture. Workshop participants examine the interplay of economic, cultural, and aesthetic influences that transformed Chicago's built landscape from the 1880s through the present. Teachers visit several landmark buildings throughout 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). Sessions with historian Henry Binford (Northwestern University) and architectural historians Katherine Solomonson (University of Minnesota) and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Parsons The New School for Design), as well as with practicing architects, advance exploration of the complexities of the tall building boom. Readings include selections from (among other works) William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West; Daniel Bluestone, 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 amount awarded: $172,393
Grant period: 10/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2527)
Jennifer Masengarb
BH-50430-11
The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

To support: Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the origins of the skyscraper in Chicago and its relationship to urbanization.

"The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation" consists of two one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops held during summer 2012 for eighty school teachers on the development of the skyscraper in Chicago and the relationship of such buildings to urbanization. Between 1885 and 1895, as technological innovations (elevators, the steel frame, and fireproof building materials, among others) made tall buildings both physically possible and commercially feasible, Chicago experienced a skyscraper boom. This workshop hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) focuses on the central question: How does the rise of the skyscraper stimulate and reflect change in American life? Participants examine the city's geographical features, as well as the interplay of cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic influences that marked the evolution of Chicago's built landscape from the 1880s through the present. Teachers visit several landmark buildings and architectural firms throughout Chicago's "Loop." Lecture/discussion sessions with historian Henry Binford (Northwestern University) and architectural historians Katherine Solomonson (University of Minnesota) and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Parsons The New School for Design), as well as with practicing architects, advance exploration of the complexities of the tall building boom. Readings include selections from (among other works) William Cronan, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West; Donald Miller, City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America; Daniel Bluestone, Constructing Chicago; and Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems. Participants receive CAF's Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago's Amazing Architecture.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Landmarks of American History
Division: Education Programs
Total amount awarded: $177,523
Grant period: 10/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2527)
Jean Linsner
BH-50321-09
The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

To support: Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on the development of the skyscraper in Chicago and the relationship of such buildings to urbanization.

Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Landmarks of American History
Division: Education Programs
Total amount awarded: $162,951
Grant period: 10/1/2009 – 12/31/2010

Chicago Architecture Foundation (Chicago, IL 60604-2527)
Jean Linsner
BH-50296-08
The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Landmarks of American History
Division: Education Programs
Total amount awarded: $143,792
Grant period: 10/1/2008 – 12/31/2009

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