Chicago Architecture and Urbanism,1880-2000|
Spring 2012 not offered
This seminar focuses on the full range of Chicago's metropolitan built environment over the two centuries of its development. Beginning with the city's regional history and early architecture before the Great Fire of 1871, this course then traces the postfire Chicago School of commercial architecture that pioneered in the development of the skyscraper. Architects considered are Henry Hobson Richardson, William Le Baron Jenney, Burnham and Root, Holabird and Roche, and Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. The politics, planning, and design of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 are studied as a prelude to the Chicago Plan of 1909, the first American urban master plan. Suburban development and architecture are considered through the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Beaux-Arts architecture and planning, the related the Chicago Tribune Tower competition, and efforts to implement the Chicago Plan through the 1920s were followed by the Century of Progress Exhibition in 1933. Also studied are the rise of modernist architectural culture in postwar Chicago, in the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and major urban renewal in the form of public housing and highway planning. Finally, we will study recent alternative approaches to affordable housing, neighborhood gentrification, and efforts at civic renewal like Millennium Park.
Interpretation: The course emphasizes interpretation of architecture and urban development and design from historical, economic, political, social, technical, and art historical perspectives.
Speaking: The course requires two extended oral presentations of individual research. Each student is asked to carefully prepare remarks in terms of analytical argument and informational content, in preparation for the final research paper.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARST)
Readings will come from a wide range of articles, and books such as the following:
William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (1991)
Joseph Siry, The Chicago Auditorium Building: Adler and Sullivan's Architecture and the City (2002)
Neil A. Levine, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1996)
Neil Harris et al., Grand Illusions: Chicago's World's Fair of 1893 (1993)
Carl Smith, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (2006)
Katherine Solomonson, The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition: Skyscraper Design and Cultural Change in the 1920s 
Franz Schulze, Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography (1986)
Charles Waldheim and Katerina Ray, eds., Chicago Architecture: History, Revisions, Alternatives (2005)
Arnold R. Hirsch, Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960 (1983)
Amanda L. Seligman, Block by Block: Neighborhoods and Public Policy on Chicago┐s West Side (2005)_
Timothy Gilfoyle, Millennium Park (2006)
John C. Hudson, Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region (2006)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm examination, class presentations of research, final research paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Enrollment preference given to departmental majors in art history or studio art. Prior completion of ARHA 246 and/or ARHA 254 may be helpful, though these courses are not formal prerequisites.
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