The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation


Chicago, IL



July 12 - July 18, 2020; July 26 - August 1, 2020 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

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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.

Project Director(s)

Adam Rubin

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Adam Rubin, Rebecca Boland, Robert Bruegmann, Henry Binford, Kathleen Carpenter, Thomas Leslie, Joanne Merwood-Salisbury, Paul Steinbrecher, Douglas Gilbert, Antony Wood

Grantee Institution

Chicago Architecture Foundation