The Methodical Plan to Erase Chicago

From “Stewart Hicks”. ( YouTube / Nebula )

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+ Evan Montgomery: Co-Production, Editing, Motion Graphics
+ Allison Newmeyer: 3D Modeling of Hilberseimer’s Schemes
+ John Southen ( Aerial Photography of Lafayette Park

This video explores Ludwig Hilberseimer’s radical urban vision for Chicago in the 1940s and 50s that reimagined urban living. His plan was to transform Chicago into a city of decentralized, self-sufficient islands. This concept was based on the idea of functional zoning and accessible green spaces, and it sought to enhance the quality of life and ensure sustainable development. Hilberseimer’s ideas were influenced by the Bauhaus movement, and his theories were partially realized in Detroit’s Lafayette Park neighborhood.

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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.

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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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