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Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age

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For more than twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored how architecture captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Kamin treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamins writings from the past decade along with new reflections on an era framed by the destruction of the World Trade Center and the opening of the worlds tallest skyscraper.

Assessing ordinary commercial structures as well as head-turning designs by some of the worlds leading architects, Kamin paints a sweeping but finely textured portrait of a tumultuous age torn between the conflicting mandates of architectural spectacle and sustainability. For Kamin, the story of our built environment over the past ten years is, in tangible ways, the story of the decade itself. Terror and Wonder considers how architecture has been central to the main events and crosscurrents in American life since 2001: the devastating and debilitating consequences of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; the real estate boom and bust; the use of over-the-top cultural designs as engines of civic renewal; new challenges in saving old buildings; the unlikely rise of energy-saving, green architecture; and growing concern over our nations crumbling infrastructure.

A prominent cast of players—including Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Helmut Jahn, Daniel Libeskind, Barack Obama, Renzo Piano, and Donald Trump—fills the pages of this eye-opening look at the astounding and extraordinary ways that architecture mirrors our values—and shapes our everyday lives.

About the Author

Blair Kamin is the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune. A graduate of Amherst College and the Yale School of Architecture, he holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University and North Central College, where he is an adjunct professor of art. Kamin is the recipient of more than 30 honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for criticism and the George Polk Award. His books include the critically acclaimed Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago and Tribune Tower: American Landmark

 

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

1 The Urban Drama

DISASTER

  RAISING UP A FALLEN SKY

  The Best Way to Fill the Chilling Void in the Lower Manhattan Skyline Is with a Great New Urban Center, Not a Reproduction of the Destroyed Twin Towers

  DONT ABANDON NEW ORLEANS

  The Big Easy, an American Masterpiece, Deserves to Be Saved; Its Rebuilding Should Stress Substance over Show

SECURITY

  LAND OF THE SORT OF FREE

  In a Nervous City, Places like the Federal Plaza Run Scared, While the Daley Plaza Hangs Tough

  FORT WASHINGTON

  From the Heartland to the Capital, Federal Buildings Put on the Armor of a Nation under Siege

  HUBS OF FRUSTRATION

  Airports—A Symbol of Our Freedom of Movement—Have Become Dehumanizing

THE PROMISE AND PERILS OF REBUILDING

  A BRILLIANT TIGHTROPE WALK AT GROUND ZERO

  One Plan for WTC Rises above the Rest

  TOWER OF BANAL

  Latest Freedom Tower Design Erases Original Vision of Remembrance and Renewal

RECLAIMING THE PUBLIC REALM

  A PEOPLES PARK FOR THE FUTURE

  Why Millennium Park Has Instantly—and Interactively—Established Itself as Chicagos New Town Square

  THE MILLENNIUM PARK EFFECT

  It Has Emerged as a Sparkling Example of How Big Cities Can Get Big Things Done

2 The Building Boom

WRETCHED EXCESS

  MONUMENTS TO MEDIOCRITY

  The Demands of Business Overwhelm the Art of Architecture in a Surge of High-Rise Residential Construction

  ONCE GRAND, NOW BLAND

  Boom in Branch Banks Is Shortchanging the Character of Neighborhoods

  A MICKEY DS ON STEROIDS

  When Supersize Isnt Necessarily Better

  A GALLERY OF ROGUES

  For Every Gem Produced by the Long-Running Building Boom, There Are Even More Clunkers

GEMS AMID THE ROUGH

  A SPARKLING NEW HIGH-RISE, THE CONTEMPORAINE, HERALDS THE REVIVAL OF MODERNISM

  LIGHTER-THAN-AIR SERTA HEADQUARTERS ELEVATES THE ORDINARY

WAVES OF CREATIVITY

  The Aqua Tower, by Rising Star Jeanne Gang, Is One of Chicagos Boldest and Best New Skyscrapers

DOES SUPERTALL MEAN SUPERB?

  THE DONALDS DUD

  Trumps Skyscraper, Shortened by the Post-9/11 Fear of Heights, Reaches Only for Mediocrity

  SCALING AESTHETIC HEIGHTS

  Skyscraper Adapts to Our World in a Stunning New Way

  LETS TWIST AGAIN

  Third Times the Charm for Lakefront Tower—or Is It?

  HOW TO BUILD TODAYS SUPERTALLS

  Elegance, Not Machismo, Is behind Chicagos Unprecedented Reach for the Sky

  A SKYSCRAPER OF MANY FACES

  In Trumps Context-Driven Chicago Skyscraper, Beauty Is in the Eye—and the Vantage Point—of the Beholder

  THE NEW BURJ DUBAI, THE WORLDS TALLEST BUILDING, SHOWS THAT NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE EXCESS

3 The Age of Icons

CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE

  WINGED VICTORY

  Santiago Calatrava Marries Sculpture and Structure, and Molds a New Identity for the Milwaukee Art Museum

  A MUSICAL ARK FOR LOS ANGELES

  Frank Gehrys Spectacular Disney Hall Draws Energy from the Citys Chaos and Steers It toward a New Vision of Community

  ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGHS AND LOWS

  Daniel Libeskinds Denver Art Museum Addition Is a Striking Urban Presence but Doesnt Soar as a Showcase

  BLADES OF GLASS

  The New Spertus Institute and Its Gemlike Wall Form a Welcome Counterpoint to Chicagos Michigan Avenue Historic District

FROM THE SPECTACULAR TO THE SUBTLE

A BRIGHTER IDEA

  Steven Holls Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Redefines the Museum Addition

  CHICAGOS TEMPLE OF LIGHT

  Much More than a Container for Art, Renzo Pianos Refined Modern Wing Opens to Nature and the City

  A SIDEWALK THROUGH THE SKY

  With Quiet Nautical Flourish, the Nichols Bridgeway Connects the Modern Wing of the Art Institute to Millennium Park

BIG STARS ON CAMPUS

BOLD NEW LOOK ON CAMPUS

  Can Sexy, Signature Buildings Successfully Fuse Form and Function?

  TRIUMPHANT HOMECOMING

  Helmut Jahn Designs an Illinois Institute of Technology Dorm that Looks Elegantly at Home

  THOM MAYNES STUDENT RECREATION CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI IS THE LATEST PIECE OF AN EXEMPLARY PUZZLE

4 The Changing Faces of Preservation and Conservation

NEW CHALLENGES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

  THE DANGER OF BECOMING SKIN-DEEP

  Chicago Historic Buildings Become Shells as New Rules of Preservation Are Letting Citys History Slip Away

  HEALING PROCESS

  Its Unclear Whether Cook County Hospital Can or Should Be Saved, but There Hasnt Been a Full Airing of the Question

  WHY LOSING SOLDIER FIELDS LANDMARK STATUS MATTERS

  Uncle Sam Draws a Line, Saving Avant-Garde Architecture from Its Worst Excesses

  LOVE IT? HATE IT? OR BOTH?

  An Architecture Critic Revisits the Building He Despised as a Student and Has a Revelation

  THIS MIES BUILDING AT IIT CAN GO

  Squat Brick Structure Isnt the Architects Best Work, and the Metra Expansion Merits Its Razing

  HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND GREEN ARCHITECTURE

  Friends or Foes?

THE BLOOMING OF GREEN ARCHITECTURE

CHICAGO, MY KIND OF GREEN

  The Windy City Presents a Snapshot of the Sustainability Movements Strengths and Shortcomings

  GOING “NET ZERO” TO MAKE A GREEN STATEMENT

  First-of-Its-Kind Home in Chicago Will Produce as Much Energy as It Uses

  TEMPLE OF GREEN

  In the Grand Rapids Art Museum, a Measured Approach to Design Reveals that Elegance and Environmentalism Are Not Incompatible

5 A New Era and New Challenges

REIMAGINING REGIONS AND HOUSING

  GOING FORWARD

  Planning for Chicagos Future Requires Burnham-Style Vision—and a Big Pair of Green-Tinted Glasses

  SHORTSIGHTED POLEMICS

  The Ideological Catfights over Housing Threaten to Marginalize All of Architecture

  CHA POLISHES ITS ROUGH EDGES

  Architect Dresses up the Dearborn Homes, Georgian Style, and Upgrades Living Spaces Inside

  BRICK BY BRICK

  Born as a Horse Stable, the Brick Weave House Provides the Perfect Home for a Pair of Urbanite Gearheads

THE BLESSINGS—AND BURDENS—OF INFRASTRUCTURE

A GRANDER CANYON

  The Rebuilt Wacker Drive Has Emerged Not Only Fixed, but Finer

  CHICAGOS SECOND WATERFRONT

  A New Stretch of River Walk Furthers the Dream of Turning a Once-Harsh Industrial Zone into a Prime Public Space

  NEW RANDOLPH STATION WORKS WITHIN ITS LIMITS

  Renovated Station a Bright Spot in Daily Commute

  THE WAY WE MOVE—AND LIVE

  Americas Infrastructure Crisis Arrives on Chicagos Doorstep

HIGH HOPES, HIGH BUILDINGS, AND SOBERING REALITIES 

GOOD-BYE, ICONS; HELLO, INFRASTRUCTURE

  Obama Inaugurates a New Era of Architecture

  BACK TO BASICS

  President Obamas Infrastructure Plan Wont Match the Great New Deal Public Works Projects, but It Moves America in the Right Direction

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ILLUSTRATION CREDITS

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226423128
Author:
Kamin, Blair
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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