The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation
The skyscraper, more than any other building type, gives American cities their distinctive character. During this week-long workshop, participants will investigate the skyscraper as a physical and cultural construct. By Skyscrapers will serve as a lens for studying innovation; urbanization; segregation; labor; gender; and civic identity. We will address how the rise of the skyscraper stimulated and reflected changes in American life, and how these buildings continue to evolve and shape the urban experience in cities around the world.