Exhibition - Boom Towns! Chicago Architects Design New Worlds (Updated) Print
Tuesday, 23 September 2008 19:00

When: From September 23 to November 21 2008
Where:  ArchiCenter's ATRIUM GALLERY, Santa Fe Building 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

The exhibition contrasts Chicago’s late 19th-century building boom with the exploding mega-cities of Asia and the Middle East today.

As recently as the 1970s, the port city of Shenzhen, China, was a fishing village with 25,000 inhabitants. By 2005, more than 8,000,000 people were making it their home. In the city of Abu Dhabi, the first paved road wasn’t completed until 1962, and traditional mud-brick huts still lined the streets. Today the average net worth of the citizens of Abu Dhabi is in the millions. Chicago-based architects are playing a significant role in the design of new environments for nations with heightened expectations.

Boom Towns! speaks to the art, architecture, and engineering of our rapidly urbanizing planet,” said Gregory K. Dreicer, Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs. “It will get people thinking about how designers shape cities.”

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Curated by critic Lynn Becker, Boom Towns! presents iconic works of Chicago architecture, such as Burnham & Root’s 1891 Masonic Temple and Adler & Sullivan’s 1894 Chicago Stock Exchange Building. Against this background, the exhibition features the architecture of explosive growth by internationally renowned architecture firms—including Murphy/Jahn in Thailand, Studio/Gang in India, Ben Wood/Studio Shanghai in Shanghai, Goettsch Partners in Abu Dhabi, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in China and the Middle East.


More info on the Chicago Architecture Foundations 's Web site 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2009 07:18