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ISBN:
0226423115
Author:
Blair Kamin
Category:
Americas
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press; First Printing edition (November 28, 2010)
Pages:
320 pages
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Blair Kamin is the architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune. And that's mostly what Blair Kamin concentrates on in his book, "Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age".

Blair Kamin is the architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune. While he writes mainly about Chicago architecture, he also looks at building projects in other parts of the country and the world. After all, architects today - particularly those "starchitects" so famous for their spectacular designs - are doing projects world-wide. The book is a collection of his articles in the years 2001 to 2008, with "afterwords" bringing the readers up-to-date on projects he talks about.

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Booklist, "Blair Kamin's keen observations about how architecture and urban environments have evolved since 9/11 . His new book, Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age, assembles some of his best writing from the past ten years.

Booklist, "Blair Kamin's keen observations about how architecture and urban environments have evolved since 9/11 are both compelling and thought-provoking. Terror and Wondershould spark intelligent debates about this tumultuous era for decades to come.

Blair Kamin is the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune, a post he has held since 1992. Kamin has held other jobs at the Tribune and previously worked for The Des Moines Register. In 2010, the University of Chicago Press published "Terror and Wonder: Architecture In a Tumultuous Age," a collection of Kamin's columns from the Tribune and other publications.

Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age. by Blair Kamin. For more than twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored how architecture captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Kamin treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamin’s writings from the past decade along with new reflections on an era framed by the destruction of the World Trade Center and the.

Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamin’s writings from the past decade along .

Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamin’s writings from the past decade along with new reflections on an era framed by the destruction of the World Trade Center and the opening of the world’s tallest skyscraper. Terror and Wonder considers how architecture has been central to the main events and crosscurrents in American life since 2001: the devastating and debilitating consequences of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; the real estate boom and bust; the use of over-the-top cultural designs as engines of civic renewal; new challenges in saving old buildings; the unlikely rise of energy-saving, green.

For nearly twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored how architecture captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions.

Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamin’s writings from the past decade along with new reflections on an. .textured portrait of a tumultuous age torn between the conflicting mandates of architectural spectacle and sustainability. Assessing ordinary commercial structures as well as head-turning designs by some of the world’s leading architects, Kamin paints a sweeping but finely. textured portrait of a tumultuous age torn between the conflicting mandates of architectural spectacle and sustainability

For more than twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored how architecture captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Kamin treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamin’s writings from the past decade along with new reflections on an era framed by the destruction of the World Trade Center and the opening of the world’s tallest skyscraper. Assessing ordinary commercial structures as well as head-turning designs by some of the world’s leading architects, Kamin paints a sweeping but finely textured portrait of a tumultuous age torn between the conflicting mandates of architectural spectacle and sustainability. For Kamin, the story of our built environment over the past ten years is, in tangible ways, the story of the decade itself. Terror and Wonder considers how architecture has been central to the main events and crosscurrents in American life since 2001: the devastating and debilitating consequences of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; the real estate boom and bust; the use of over-the-top cultural designs as engines of civic renewal; new challenges in saving old buildings; the unlikely rise of energy-saving, green architecture; and growing concern over our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. A prominent cast of players―including Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Helmut Jahn, Daniel Libeskind, Barack Obama, Renzo Piano, and Donald Trump―fills the pages of this eye-opening look at the astounding and extraordinary ways that architecture mirrors our values―and shapes our everyday lives.

  • Dori
Continuing his first book, "Why Architecture Matters", current edition is a compilation of the
architecture writings of Blair Kamin, who is an architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune
and has won the Pulitzer Prize.

This book is not organized in a choronological order, but rather in a thematic order.
The book has five chapters; beginning with the 911 and Katrina, the book tells the readers how
the sense of security and the rebuilding energy has reshaped the airports and public areas; then the book
talks about architecturally significant high-rise buildings in Chicago; the third chapter is
about museums and campus buildings; the fourth chapter is about preservation issues; and the
book ends with the rise of President Obama and future predictions.

The time frame of the book is more or less a decade, the destruction of WTC (2001) and
the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (2010, the world's tallest building), which gives
the title of the book "Terror and Wonder." It is in this decade that the world was under immense
construction boom.

In Chicago, during this era, major high-rise commissions were executed by the star architects;
the Milennium Park (Gehry and Piano), the Trump Tower (Adrian Smith), the Aqua Tower (Gang),
and the contentiously unbuilt Spiral Tower Calatrava, and the campus buildings of IIT (OMA, Jahn, Mies)
is covered in the book. The major works of Mid-West, Milwaukee Art Museum by Calatrava,
Denver Art Museum by Libeskind, Kansas Nelson-Atkins Museum by Holl, etc is covered in the book.
The major preservation issues and urban design issues are also covered in the book.

I personally enjoyed reading his writings on Chicago high-rise buildings.
In pg 100, Kamin writes, "... the skyscraper can, and should, be a thing of breathtaking beauty."
what a fine writer Kamin is... Another detail point to mention is that when Kamin criticizes
severely, he uses comic metaphor, increasing the laughter of the reader more than fivefold.

The awaiting of Blair Kamin's columns in the Tibune makes one anticipate; What will he write?
What will he cover? What's the news? It's always a great pleasure to see how he leads the public
opinion of architectural scenes of not only Chicago and Mid-West, but also the nation as a whole.
To double the pleasure, Blair has reorganized the decade of his daily writings into themes
and perspectives for the reader to see synchronic issues diachronically.
  • Thohelm
Blair Kamin is the architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune. While he writes mainly about Chicago architecture, he also looks at building projects in other parts of the country and the world. After all, architects today - particularly those "starchitects" so famous for their spectacular designs - are doing projects world-wide. Frank Gehry, for example, while based in Los Angeles, is famous for buildings from Bilbao, Spain to Miami to Los Angeles to Prague.These architects are citizens-of-world, and they, along with other, lesser-known architects are building unique and "green" and, sometimes horrific, buildings in most of the world's cities. But the world-city with the strongest architectural reputation is Chicago. And that's mostly what Blair Kamin concentrates on in his book, "Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age". The book is a collection of his articles in the years 2001 to 2008, with "afterwords" bringing the readers up-to-date on projects he talks about.

The "terror" that Kamin refers to are the 9/11 attacks, which brought down two of the world's most famous buildings. "Famous", yes, but not particularly architecturally significant. Terror also refers to the natural kind; Hurricane Katrina which wrecked much (but not all) of New Orleans and areas along the Gulf Coast. But, terror could also refer to an economic downturn that occurred in the years from 2007 to 2012. Kamin gives plenty of examples of projects started and then let go when financing has fallen through on a project. One of the main examples of this was the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava's, "Chicago Spire", he was commissioned to build for an Irish developer. The Spire was going to be the tallest building in North America, before funding fell through in the late 2000's and the project was "dropped". All that is left of the Spire is the base - a dug-out hole - in prime Chicago real-estate. Another ultra-tall project that has made it completion is the Trump Tower/Chicago, which occupies the space of the old Chicago Sun-Times building along the Chicago River. Kamin goes into detail on the deals that have made such buildings possible; combinations of architects/structural engineers and developers. Some happen, some don't and largely a lagging economy is to blame for the ones that don't make it.

Kamin also looks at the wide-ranging museum and library expansions that were so prevalent in the early to mid 2000's. Most were predicated on the success of Gehry's Bibao Guggenheim building. (I asked in another review of a book on architecture if people went to see the building or what was inside. I still can't decide...) Kamin describes the additions and how they were influenced by both the existing buildings AND by architectural trends. I haven't been to see the new addition to the Chicago Art Museum, but, frankly, it looks rather complicated to me in Kamin's description. And after writing about these often grand expansions, Kamin follows up by pointing out the eventual financial liabilities to the museums in the ensuing recession.

These are just a few of the topics Blair Kamin covers in his rather idiosyncratic book on today's architecture. It's a delightful, interesting read, particularly to this Chicago Girl!
  • Winail
I'm a foreigner and Architect in MI.
There were many opportunities to visit Chicago,
so I really wanted to know about many history & even behind stories, too...
Because I'd need to teach in my country.
This book is exactly that I wanted..
  • Cae
really kamin knows his stuff . a good book on design and architecture and the new buildings planned for chicago . and the burj khalifa too in dubai has a special chapter.
  • Malaris
Outstanding. This book is a must read for anyone interested in modern architecture and design.