Oak Park Village Hall: Learning from Säynätsalo

by guest author Matt Crawford Architect Harry Weese once described himself as a “man ten years ahead of a time that never comes,” but many of the ideas he had championed throughout his career, such as the lessons from Scandinavia, the importance of context and nature, the priority of human needs in architecture, and the … Continue reading

Metropolitan Correctional Center

by guest author Matt Crawford Mies and his followers believed that the steel-and-glass box was not just for corporate office towers, but that the form held the promise of a “universal space” that could house any function.  The adaptability of the steel and glass box is demonstrated by the Heating Plant (1961) at O’Hare Airport … Continue reading

Seventeenth Church Christ Scientist

by guest author Matt Crawford “Faced with the choice, I would rather be right than contemporary.” – Harry Weese In 1966 the congregation of the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist formed a committee to select an architect to design their new church.  After reviewing proposals from over thirty architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, finalists were … Continue reading

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