The Existential Dread of False Ceilings

From “Stewart Hicks”. ( YouTube / Nebula )

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Why do false ceilings get such a bad rap? From oppressive office spaces to iconic movie scenes, these ubiquitous fixtures seem to symbolize everything wrong with corporate life. But are they really that terrible? In this video, we explore the history and evolution of drop ceilings, from their introduction in the 1930s to their widespread use in modern architecture. Discover how they solve practical issues like heat and noise while keeping unsightly building systems out of view. Join our discussion about the surprising engineering marvels of drop ceilings and let’s challenge their reputation. It’s time to rethink the ceiling above your head.

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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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