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Because architecture in Chicago is a contact sport

Related: TOP 40 BUILDINGS IN CHICAGO » THE LIFE AND WORK OF HARRY WEESE » JIM LOEWENBERG ON THE AQUA » Chicago did not become the birthplace of American architecture at a seminar. It won that title in the trenches, where architects engage in risk, rivalry, and plenty of insults.   Louis Sullivan, in his … Read more

Because we export record-breaking feats of engineering

Halfway around the world, in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, soars 2,716 feet. Many people deserve credit for this record, but first among them is Bill Baker, a structural engineer who works out of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s office in the Santa Fe Building—a 17-story landmark that was considered pretty tall … Read more

House in a Bag?

A giant Ziploc is but one proposed protection against the flooding that plagues Farnsworth House, the glorious landmark by Mies. But are floods yet another natural disaster we just can’t outwit?