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goldsmith at the arts club


for those of you living in chicago there is a wonderful exhibit of myron goldsmith’s work, both built and unbuilt, at the arts club of chicago. the exhibit is free and is located at 201 e. ontario, which is the southeast corner of ontario and st. clair, one block east of michigan ave. i had a chance to go see the exhibit this past friday and must admit it is striking. stunning black and white photographs of mr. goldsmith’s work hang larger than life on expanses of white exhibition hall walls. mr. goldsmith studied under mies van der rohe and quickly became a master of modernism in his own right. working for skidmore, owings, and merrill (som), myron goldsmith produced some of the best examples of modernism i have ever seen. his works include the university of arizona’s observatory (seen above) chicago’s brunswick building (seen below), and the illinois institute of technology’s keating hall as well as some wonderfully delicate, and sadly unbuilt, bridges in california.


i thought one of the most interesting touches to the exhibit was the inclusion of 20 or so works by students who learned under goldsmith (and mies) at the illinois institute of technology. it was very interesting to see how the work of the master found its way into that of the pupil. nonetheless, if you’re in chicago head on over to the arts club and check it out. the exhibit runs until the 14th if on not mistaken.

1 April 2007 Posted by | architecture | Leave a comment

2007 pritzker prize


it was announced the other day, as i’m sure many of you know, that london architect richard rogers has won the 2007 pritzker prize.  the pritzker prize is like the nobel prize of architecture; it has been given out annually since the award’s creation in 1979 (philip johnson won the first award).  the laureate list is a veritable who’s who of architecture including, koolhaas, herzog and de meuron, piano, murcutt, utzon, ando, and barragan.  rogers’ medal (and $100,000 prize) will be presented in london on june 4th.


rogers is most notably known for his lloyd’s of london building (seen above), the millennium dome, and the channel 4 headquarters in london (seen below) to name a few.  known for his technology saavy brand of architecture rogers work has become increasingly sustainable as of late without losing his well-known, and much admired, aesthetic.


congratulations to mr. rogers on this prestigious award.  a daily dose of architecture has more and you can see rogers firm’s website here.

1 April 2007 Posted by | architecture | 1 Comment

buildings and climate change


the un recently released a report on the issue of buildings and climate change in which they noted the staggering possibilities in terms of reducing emissions and greening our world, to which the post headline on archinect read, “wow, architects are cooler than al gore!”  the report said, “buildings can play a key role in climate change.”  this is something we’ve discussed before.  commercial buildings alone produce some 34% of greenhouse gas emissions.  meanwhile, 72% of the greenhouse gases produced by buildings is a result of simply lighting, heating, and cooling.  nonetheless, this reported suggested a host of simple fixes including technologies and architectural design strategies that have been used for centuries, seemingly forgotten over the last few decades, including, sun shading, effective use of natural ventilation, and the accommodation of natural diffused light.  i’m glad to see this report is being taking seriously.  i don’t think it’s a shock to anyone that we have to start building differently and building responsibly.

1 April 2007 Posted by | architecture, green, society | 2 Comments