Attention fellow design enthusiasts! Super neat event details!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6-7:30 pm
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with an interest in urban projects. She creates public spaces that build community through intelligent, idea-based design. As president of Martha Schwartz Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, she explores the relationship between landscape, art, and culture, and she challenges traditional concepts of design. Her goals include designing landscape solutions that enhance the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of a place; raising them to a level of fine art; and making landscape design critical to the sustainability of our surroundings.
Admission is free for this event. Doors open promptyly at 5:45pm, and seating is first come, first serve. I hope to see you there, please try and find me to say hello, and if I don't see you, I hope you enjoy this event! Looks really interesting and eye-opening to what we will begin seeing in our design world exteriors.
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"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselvees will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Thing big." - Daniel Burnham. Chicago Architect. 1846-1912
Ever walked into Ikea and thought to yourself – “Wow, this is so modern!!!” Well, dearest reader, think again – let’s visit the 1900’s – The Bauhaus – which was established in 1919 by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, as a school for art and design. The goal of the artists was to adjust to the industrial age by creating functional designs and by using materials such as glass and steel. Many of the designs were exactly what you see today in modern and contemporary furniture and architecture. What we think of as ‘new and innovative’ is simply not the case. It has all been done before…especially the so-called “Modern Movement”…this is not a ‘modern’ movement at all…this dates back to the time period between WWI and WWII. The union of function and beauty being synonymous, as well as the theory/motto of “less is more”…well, Bauhaus is where it stems from. Ever neat, huh..?
Something else to ponder – especially for us Chicagoans – there is a neat little connection – many Bauhaus architects immigrated to the United States from Germany, and they contributed significantly to the development of North American architecture. Their ideas were especially well received in Chicago. In 1937, László Moholy Nagy founded the New Bauhaus, which today exists as the Institute of Design. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus, designed, in 1938, the entire campus for the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The motto “less is more” is further reflected in his Federal Center and his Lake Shore Drive Apartments. The abundance of connections between German and American architecture in Chicago provides rich grounds for exploration and research. Much of this can be learned and explored at The Chicago Architecture Foundation, which offers introductory tours in English and German. Also, Navy Pier – the Architecture River Boat Cruise was established in 1983, and it is still running today – it is a must do in Chicago, and a personal favorite of mine. It is still the # 1 Architecture Tour in Chicago!!! Pretty fascinating, especially considering my last blog entry…