New Chicago Architecture
Recent Architecture and Urban Planning Projects from the First City of Modern Architecture
By Christian Narkiewicz-Laine
Since it’s founding as the world’s first center of modern architecture, with the important development of having designed and built the first modern skyscraper, Chicago has influenced the skylines of every leading city worldwide, and its history of prominent buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects is celebrated internationally.
Throughout the 20-Century, Chicago’s unique history of architecture is linked with innovation and revolution through the works of Daniel H. Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan to the more contemporary works of modern Chicago architects from the 1950s through the 1970s.
There is no city in the world that claims the destinction as the “City of Architecture.”
That tradition continues in the second decade of the 21st-Century with Chicago architects designing and building new, dynamic and pivitol works from contemporary commercial, institutional, and residential buildings to city planning with growing environmental concerns, not just in Chicago, but across the United States and now globally.
This survey of New Chicago Architecture offers new insight to the contemporary direction of Chicago architecture today, highlighting the ambitions, challenges, and possibilities that are fueling the architecture imagination of today’s new city and navigating the future course of the city’s dynamic cultural practice in the next few decades.
Included in this survey are a variety of building types from new skyscrapers, corporate headquarters, corporate offices, commercial high-rises, apartments, mid-rise housing, religious and institutional buildings, museums, cultural institutions, libraries, colleges and schools, restaurants, exposition buildings, hotels and resorts, auditoriums, affordable housing, private residences, art galleries, sports facilities, banks, hospitals and health clinics, transportation centers, restorations and renovations, interiors, plazas and boulevards, parks, city planning, and landscape architecture—not just in Chicago, but in cities in Europe, Asia, North and South America.
The checklist of buildings and urban plans contained in New Chicago Architecture are drawn from submissions to The Chicago Athenaeum’s prestigious annual “American Architecture Awards.”
In an age of accelerated change, today’s Chicago architects are developing an extraordinary range of new visionary ideas that test the limits of the realms of everyday life with a network of architectural talent infused with new exploration, new goals, new aspirations, and new experiments to shape the world’s environment around us.
A 536-page book entitled, New Chicago Architecture published by Metropolitan Arts Press accompanies the traveling exhibition of the same title.
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