ARC 630: class meetings

*Please note: owing to Dr. Amundson's sabbatical in 2014-15, course pages are neither fully furnished nor fully operational.

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01. Introduction to the Big Onion/”Ambition Overcomes Nature”

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapters 1 & 2
  • Gelernter, American Architecture: chapter 5 (note: the Gelernter book is offered as a good source if you need to review general currents in American architectural history)

02. Chicago before the fire (1673-1871)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 3

03. Fire & Reconstruction (1871-1880s)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 4
  • Gelernter, American Architecture: chapter 6
  • “The Poetics of Ruin,” (pp. 63-105) in Miller, The Great Chicago Fire
  • What if the Great Fire never happened?

04. Post-Fire Triumvirate (plus two) (1871-93)

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05. Skyscrapers (1885-1905)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 5
  • Gelernter, American Architecture: chapter 7
  • Colquhoun, Modern Architecture: chapter 2
  • Sullivan, “Oasis” (pp. 28-33) & “Department Store” (pp. 40-42) & “Tall Office Building Artistically Considered” in Kindergarten Chats
  • Condit, The Rise of the Skyscraper, ch. 1 (pp. 1-10) 
  • Rec.: Bruegmann, “Myth,” (pp. 15-29) in Waldheim, Chicago Architecture

06. The White City (1892-1909)

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  • Lewis, Early Encounter w/Tomorrow: ch. 3 (46-75)
  • Burnham and Bennett, Plan of Chicago (skim throughout)

07. Other “Chicago Schools” (1895-1925)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago: chs.  6 & 7 
  • Gelernter, American Architecture: chapter 8
  • Thomas Tallmadge, “Chicago School,” Arch Record (April 1908)
  • Sandburg, “Chicago” in Smokestacks (pp. 123-24) +bring photocopy
  • Peisch, The Chicago School of Arch’re.: ch. 5 (skim)
  • Greene, Howard Van Doren Shaw (pp. 12-19)
  • Wright, “the Art and Craft of the Machine”

08. Spreading Out (1895-1925)

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  • Radford’s Bungalows (1908): preface; browse plans
  • Solomonson, Tribune Tower Competition, ch. 5 (149-95)

09. North Side (1920-30)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 8
  • ✓ “The Glass Home of Tomorrow,” Pop. Mechanics, June 1933 (817-819)

10. Roaring Twenties (1920-30)

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  • ✓ “South Side” (Pacyga) and “Great Migration” (Grossman) in Encyclopedia of Chicago

11. Ethnic Enclaves

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 9
  • Gelernter, American Architecture: chapter 9
  • Colquhoun, Modern Architecture: chapter 11
  • Mies’ educational plans (pp. 26-30) in Swenson, Arch’l Education at IIT

12. The City of Progress (1930s)

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  • ✓Schrenk, Century of Progress, intro (skim pp. 1-18)
  • ✓ “What You’ll See at the World’s Fair,” Popular Mechanics, May 1933 (689-704)

13. Depression: Outlet & Opportunities (1930s-40s)

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  • ✓ Gropius, Rebuilding Our Communities (30 pp)
  • ✓ Wright, from Democracy (pp. 36-43)
  • ✓ Hillman, Tomorrow’s Chicago, ch. 13 (pp. 70-77) & ch. 14 (78-80)

14. Urban Decay & Urban Renewal (1940s-55)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 10
  • Colquhoun, Modern Architecture: chapter 12

15. The Boss (1955-68)

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  • ✓ Royko, from Boss in Smokestacks (pp. 320-36)
  • ✓ Hilberseimer, Contemporary Arch’re: int.(pp. 15-22), ch. 7 (pp. 90-103)

16. City on the Make (1950-71)

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  • Goodman, “Systematic Genius” (Netsch) in Waldheim (pp. 261-84)

17. Rise (1968-74)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago/A Biography: chapter 11
  • Gelernter, American Architecture: chapter 10
  • ✓ Kamin, Why Architecture Matters: Hancock & Sears (pp. 101-09)
  • ✓ Grube et al., 100 Years of Architecture in Chicago (pp. 9-15)

18. Collapse (1968-80s)

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19. The Chicago Seven (1970s-80s)

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  • Seven Chicago Architects: “A Critique” (2 pp.)
  • ✓ Tigerman, Late Entries & “Dear Mies”
  • Marc Smith, “Sandburg to Smith…,” in Smokestacks (pp. 453-56)
  • The Chicago Tapes: intro (pp. 6-9), Jahn, Beeby, Gehry, & Graham

20. RMD FTW (1989-)

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  • Pacyga, Chicago: Conclusion
  • ✓ Smith, “Diminishing High-Rise Public Hsg.” in Waldheim (292-300)
  • ✓ Kamin, Koolhaas and Gehry (pp. 176-85)
  • Bess, “In the Public Domain,” Inland Architecture (pp. 99-115)
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