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Paperback Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture Book

ISBN: 0393731553

ISBN13: 9780393731552

Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture

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Updated and expanded to chart the changing urban landscape of Chicago--as well as to incorporate a section on Chicago's campus architecture, including works by Rem Koolhaas at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Frank Lloyd Wright at the University of Chicago--the second edition of this popular handbook is a perfect companion for walking tours and an excellent source of background information for exploring the internationally acclaimed architecture...

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pocket guide to chicago qrchitecture

I found this to be a very concise guide of relevant architectural landmarks for any visit to Chicago. This book provides architectural renderings and brief (half-page) histories of each building, and groups them into sections based on the order in which visitors to Chicago are likely to view them. This is a good supplement to any architectural tours of Chicago that may be taken. The glossary provides definitions and sometimes line drawings of architectural elements that novices to architecture would find informative and there is an index for architects and for buildings so that each can be referenced separately. A very good quick reference book for Chicago architecture. I know mine will be going with me on my next trip to Chicago.

Indispensible, entertaining guide to Chicago's Architecture

An excellent and concise guide to the astonishing buildings to be found in downtown Chicago. The book covers the great buildings of the 19th century to modern skyscrapers by Mies, SOM, Murphy/ Jahn, KPF, Perkins & Will, et. al.The book is great because of its clear structure and handy size; downtown is divided into 3 neighborhoods each with their own map with buildings keyed by number. The 100+ buildings are then each given their own page w/ an architects fine line drawing of the building (some with close up details) on top and description below. There's also a glossary of Chicago archi-terms and everything is indexed by building and architect. The writing is user-friendly and often very entertaining -- brief historical backround of building and architect, followed by incisive an commentary as to WHY the building is famous and how it fits into the ongoing story of Chicago's architecture.One of the best portable guides to buildings that I have used in any city--highly recommended.

A Traveler's Bonanza

As a long-time fan of Access Guides and of the city of Chicago, I was pleased to find this pocket guide to Chicago architecture. Loved the history and all the visual detail "explained" that made it easy for me to visit and observe. This is a "must-have" for visitors and architecture buffs as well. It spurred me on to pick up the "skyline Chicago" videos. As well done as any Ken Burns documentary, these are great -- loved Chicago's Neighborhoods in particular.
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