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Turn of the Century Home: The Renaissance…

Turn of the Century Home: The Renaissance Society at the University of…

by Busch Akiko

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"A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they've had since time began." -Marguerite Duras In this exhibition 48 respected Chicago architects presented 77 projects that explored the various notions, values and forms of "home" at the end of the 20th Century. Chicago has a long, storied history of involvement with architectural innovation from the 1890s onward. It is within this context and legacy that these architects are working to refine and innovate forms of housing today. The exhibition included documentation and models of works in progress, finished buildings and theoretical investigations. The catalogue includes photographs and drawings of these projects, and short descriptive statements by each of the architects or architectural teams in the exhibit. It also features an essay by Contributing Editor of Metropolis, Akiko Busch, investigating the contemporary family unit and how it maneuvers change in living space. This catalogue was published with the support of the Graham Foundation.… (more)
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