Friday, September 16, 2011
I recommend all heros and fans of quality design to check out the new Bertrand Goldberg exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Bertrand was an urbanist, humanist and good designer. While studying architecture at IIT's graduate school I would often pass the Raymond Hilliard homes at State and Cermak street in amazement during my commute to crown hall. For a public housing project they are wildly successful and have a very delicate presence considering their rigorous use of the module and unashamed use of board form concrete. The perfect scale of the stunning Alfred Caldwell landscape design creates a surreal space in a site bordered by the El, busy state street and what was the public housing disaster of the Robert Taylor homes to the south. I thought this was a perfect example of high rise humanist modernism until I saw the original plans. There was a proposed bicycle drag strip on the west side of the site! As much as I despise people taking pictures of pictures at the art museum, I had to do this for the hero nation. Thank you Bertrand Hero.
Posted by mike hero at 8:09 AM