Preservation Futures, in text and media

Commentary: Keep Chicago's Pedway perfectly confusing

Well-signed spaces are generally those you are supposed to move through quickly but not stay in: airports, train stations, shopping malls, tourist towns. But cities, in their rich complexity, are meant to be learned by being traversed, and engaged citizens are encouraged to be in them, not just pass through them...

Helmut Jahn's James R. Thompson Center and the Aesthetics of Postmodern Citizenship

One does not need to look very far in architectural circles to see that postmodern aesthetics—signature colors and shapes of the 1980s now deployed as jaunty retorts to the seriousness of the last decade’s computational forms—are back in style...

Chicago needs a new architectural survey to protect its modern gems

The aging Chicago Historic Resources Survey, or CHRS, is Chicago’s benchmark document for determining what the city considers historic. However, without contemporary updates, it fails to protect modern (and postmodern) architectural heritage and leaves vernacular structures regularly at risk for demolition...

Understanding Chicago's Vernacular Architecture

Simply put, vernacular architecture is architecture without architects. In Chicago, vernacular architecture is the built language of our neighborhoods. Ubiquitous but never boring, vernacular architecture establishes a strong sense of place...

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