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Mies’s Teaching Laboratory: From Convention Hall to McCormick Place

Mies’s Teaching Laboratory: From Convention Hall to McCormick Place The Convention Hall in Chicago was the largest structure ever proposed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and demonstrated what he meant by structure as an architectural factor. This paper traces a path between the unbuilt Convention Hall proposal developed by Mies and the McCormick Place Convention Center constructed in Chicago, designed by his graduate student, Gene Summers, at C.F. Murphy. Making connections to students’ work—two master’s theses and one built work—illustrates how fundamental structure and structural engineering were in the architectural pedagogy at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and how tightly research, pedagogy, and practice were integrated. It compares these projects graphically and quantitatively and fills in critical gaps on the influences leading up to the building of McCormick Place. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Technology Architecture + Design Taylor & Francis

Mies’s Teaching Laboratory: From Convention Hall to McCormick Place

Mies’s Teaching Laboratory: From Convention Hall to McCormick Place

Abstract

The Convention Hall in Chicago was the largest structure ever proposed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and demonstrated what he meant by structure as an architectural factor. This paper traces a path between the unbuilt Convention Hall proposal developed by Mies and the McCormick Place Convention Center constructed in Chicago, designed by his graduate student, Gene Summers, at C.F. Murphy. Making connections to students’ work—two master’s theses and one built...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
ISSN
2475-143x
eISSN
2475-1448
DOI
10.1080/24751448.2022.2116241
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Abstract

The Convention Hall in Chicago was the largest structure ever proposed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and demonstrated what he meant by structure as an architectural factor. This paper traces a path between the unbuilt Convention Hall proposal developed by Mies and the McCormick Place Convention Center constructed in Chicago, designed by his graduate student, Gene Summers, at C.F. Murphy. Making connections to students’ work—two master’s theses and one built work—illustrates how fundamental structure and structural engineering were in the architectural pedagogy at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and how tightly research, pedagogy, and practice were integrated. It compares these projects graphically and quantitatively and fills in critical gaps on the influences leading up to the building of McCormick Place.

Journal

Technology Architecture + DesignTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 3, 2022

Keywords: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Long-Span Structures; Architectural Education; Chicago McCormick Place; Convention Center

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