Joseph Brenneman Elementary School, Chicago, IL, Elevations

A work made of graphite on paper.

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  • A work made of graphite on paper.

Date:

c. 1960

Artist:

Bertrand Goldberg
American, 1913–1997

About this artwork

In the early 1960s, Goldberg began developing a new, less costly method of concrete construction for low-rise buildings. Unlike the core structure of Marina City, his design for the Joseph Brenneman Elementary School in Chicago featured lightweight sprayed concrete and formwork to allow more flexible configurations of interior space. In keeping with Goldberg’s humanist goals for the architectural profession, he placed special emphasis on the design and programming of educational buildings, which he believed should express the highest values of society. Unlike many schools’ rigid institutional quality, Brenneman’s classrooms were designed as individual sculptural shells, offering the intimate experience of a one-room schoolhouse, in close proximity to areas for group activity. Goldberg’s unconventional flaring shell classrooms contain individual lockers and high windows that allow light to pour into the classroom—features designed to promote student creativity and emotional connections to the educational process.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Bertrand Goldberg

Title

Joseph Brenneman Elementary School, Chicago, IL, Elevations

Origin

Chicago

Date

1955–1965

Medium

Graphite on paper

Dimensions

56.3 x 86 cm (22 3/16 x 33 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Archive of Bertrand Goldberg, gifted by his children through his estate

Reference Number

RX23664/66.52

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