Skyscraper Stuff You’re Not Meant to Notice

From Stewart Hicks.

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Ever wonder what all those pipes, valves, and weird details on skyscrapers do that you see along the sidewalk? Join me as I stroll through the streets of Chicago to explain these the intricate details of skyscraper design. We’ll dive into how architects plan and design the bases of these tall structures, including standpipe connection valves, microclimates created by building proximity, and the delicate balance between aesthetic and function at street level. Materials, microclimates, construction, and infrastructure all play vital roles in shaping urban environments down here. Let’s explore what often goes unnoticed in our day-to-day urban experiences. Like, comment, and subscribe for more insights every other Thursday!

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

__About Me__
Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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