When Architects Are Inspired By Stupid Things

From Stewart Hicks.

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In this video, we journey through the unique intersections of architecture and furniture design. Have you ever seen a building and thought, "that looks just like my dresser!"? Well, you’re not alone. Learn more about the iconic Chippendale Skyscraper at 550 Madison Ave and why it’s often likened to a piece of antique furniture. We’ll dive deeply into the connections between skyscrapers and their furniture counterparts, using the Civic Opera Building in Chicago and mid-century modernism as prime examples.

+ Origin & history of the Chippendale Skyscraper
+ Post-modernism & embracing design controversy
+ Mid Century Modernism: Spoons, chairs, and cities
+ Mies van der Rohe & Eero Saarinen’s contributions

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__About the Channel__
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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