New Map Celebrates Concrete Architecture in Chicago. Concrete Chicago Map

Detail. Marina City by Bertrand Goldberg Associates. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow Media
16/03/2018
New Map Celebrates Concrete Architecture in Chicago. Concrete Chicago Map
by Iker Gil [Chicago] USA
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Detail. Marina City by Bertrand Goldberg Associates. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow Media
New Concrete Chicago Map-guide "Concrete Chicago Map: Guide to concrete and Brutalist", edited by Iker Gil for Blue Crow Media, shows the most striking examples of brutalist architecture in Chicago.
The concrete and Brutalism architecture continues to expand, as shown by Iker Gil, architect and editor based in Chicago, in "Concrete Chicago Map: Guide to Concrete and Brutalist" at Blue Crow Media with photographs by Jason Woods, and details of more than fifty buildings and concrete structures.

This is the architecture guide of Blue Crow Media, following among others, the "Carte Paris Brutaliste/Brutalist Paris Map", the Brutalist Washington Map, Brutalist London Map and the Brutalist Sydney Map.

Blue Crow Media’s twelfth architecture map, C​oncrete Chicago Map​, was published on March 13, offering a unique guide to Chicago’s hitherto undervalued, and in some cases, undocumented concrete architecture. This two-sided guide, features a map of selected buildings in Chicago and its suburbs, an introduction by Chicago-based architect and editor Iker Gil, photographs by Jason Woods, and details of over fifty concrete buildings and structures.

In the second half of the 20t​ h​ century, concrete architecture played a critical role in defining educational, institutional, and government buildings in Chicago. Works by Chicago architects Bertrand Goldberg and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill stand out, including the celebrated Marina City, and a series of remarkable university buildings across the city’s many campuses. ​Concrete Chicago Map​ is an original architectural guide designed to discover these well-known buildings along with lesser known structures, from the St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital by Perkins+Will to the Johnson Publishing Company headquarters by Dubin, Dubin, Black & Moutoussamy, once home to ​Ebony​ and ​Jet​ magazines. Striking contemporary buildings by Tadao Ando, Perkins+Will and Studio Gang are also featured.
 
Editor Iker Gil says, “​Concrete Chicago Map​ provides an opportunity to celebrate and discover concrete structures in a city that features some of the most important buildings of the last century. In many cases, these concrete buildings captured the aspirations of the city at critical times. As we shape the future of Chicago, it is worth trying to learn from the lessons and opportunities represented by these remarkable buildings.”

Chicago has lost several significant Brutalist and concrete buildings in recent years. In highlighting the city’s finest historical and contemporary examples, this map is designed to place the role of concrete architecture at the forefront of one of the world’s most renowned architectural cityscapes.
Behavioral Science Building, UIC by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow MediaHenry Hinds Lab by I. W. Colburn. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow MediaMarina City by Bertrand Goldberg Associates. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow MediaNorthwestern University Main Library by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow MediaScience and Engineering South by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow MediaSt. Mary of Nazareth Hospital by Perkins+Will. Photograph © Jason Woods for Blue Crow MediaConcrete Chicago Map, cover.Concrete Chicago Map, contents.

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Iker Gil is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio. In addition, he is the editor in chief of MAS Context. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club.