Wright College, Chicago, Illinois, Axonometric

A work made of ink on paper mounted on foamcore.

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  • A work made of ink on paper mounted on foamcore.

Date:

1988

Artist:

Bertrand Goldberg
American, 1913–1997

About this artwork

Goldberg’s last major project was Wright College, a five-building campus for the Chicago community-college system, which was designed and built from 1987 to 1992. In this design, he strove to incorporate ideas about the changing nature of higher education, including the role of computers in the organization of knowledge for the educational process. The architect’s scheme focused on the Learning Resource Center, an impressively scaled pyramidal structure containing the library and computer labs, which is connected to three other buildings by futuristic suspended walkways. Standing apart from the Miesian vocabulary of many civic works in Chicago, it can perhaps be most closely compared to Helmut Jahn’s State of Illinois/James R. Thompson Center (1979–85) for its structural expression and dependence on geometry as an organizing scheme, while also recalling contemporary works such as I. M. Pei’s pyramid addition to the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Bertrand Goldberg (Architect)

Title

Wright College, Chicago, Illinois, Axonometric

Origin

Chicago

Date

1986–1992

Medium

Ink on paper mounted on foamcore

Dimensions

21.5 x 28 cm (8 7/16 x 11 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

RX23664/153.1176

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