The Simple Architectural Idea That Took Over Chicago

From the north to south, Chicago is home to Mies van der Rohe’s black-colored towers. They were all built in a short time span and together with faithful homages, make up what is known as the Second Chicago School of Architecture. It seems like Mies’ strategies were created out of nothing and that they are fully developed. This video focuses on the section of these tower strategies and how they evolved from smaller projects into larger ones. Open plans promise fluidity but Mies’ buildings offer a different idea. This direction is where difference and discretion prevail and symmetry rules. All this is done to establish a close relationship between the occupants and distant horizons.

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Stewart Hicks, an architect design educator, leads studios and lectures courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. As Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, he is also the co-founder of the firm Design With Company. His work has won awards like the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award, or the Young Architect Forum Award. He has also been featured in exhibitions at Design Miami and the V&A Museum in London. His writings are found in the book Misguided Tactics For Propriety Calibration (co-authored), published by the Graham Foundation. There are also essays in MONU magazine and the AIA Journal Manifest Log, bracket, as well guest-edited issues of MAS Context, which cover the topic character architecture.