The Edge of Gruen: Shopping Malls and Suburbia

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Architecture and Design Film Fest starts this Friday at the Music Box. You have a chance to see a number of amazing films on mid-century and Modern architecture and landscapes including Eames: The Architect and Painter, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, and The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and … Continue reading

Saint Procopius: The Modern Abbey Church and Monastery

This is the fifth post in a series on architect Edward Dart by guest author Matt Seymour. Although not the most famous of Dart’s designs (Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue is Dart’s most recognizable building), St. Procopius Abbey Church and Monastery is one of his most distinctive designs.  Completed in 1967, St. Procopius is … Continue reading

Let There Be Light: The Chicago Loop Synagogue

by guest author John Cramer With its looming business towers and busy sidewalks and the noise of impatient car traffic, it’s surprising that the loudly beating heart of Chicago’s Loop has its share of quiet contemplative religious spaces. There’s the Gothic-spired Chicago Temple Building at Clark and Washington (Holabird & Roche, 1924) which houses a … Continue reading

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