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Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention

Edited by Zoë Ryan
With essays by Alison Fisher, Zoë Ryan, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and Sarah Whiting

2011
Hardcover $60 ($54 members)
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Summary: 

Bertrand Goldberg (1913–1997) was a visionary Chicago architect whose designs for housing, urban planning, and industrial design made a distinctive mark in the modern era. This handsome publication, the first to focus in-depth on the entirety of Goldberg’s life and work, traces his development from his early Bauhaus training to his notable architectural achievements. Featuring previously unpublished material, it also includes Goldberg’s plans for unrealized projects as well as his collaborations with other prominent modern architects, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Buckminster Fuller.

Goldberg’s interest in the social dimension of architecture was reflected in many of his cutting-edge designs. In 1959, he conceived the plan for his most iconic structure, the sixty-story Marina City residential towers, in the heart of downtown Chicago. He created a number of hospitals that offered a new paradigm for how patients and staff interacted within the space. Goldberg’s progressive designs also extended to schools, prefabricated structures, and furniture.

Alison Fisher is the Harold and Margot Schiff Assistant Curator of Architecture and Zoë Ryan is acting chair of the Department of Architecture and Design and Neville Bryan Curator of Design, both at the Art Institute of Chicago. Elizabeth Smith is executive director of curatorial affairs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Sarah Whiting is dean of the Rice University School of Architecture.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2011 
8 x 11 ½ in., 192 pages, 140 color/75 black-and-white illustrations