Lessons from Modernism Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture 1925 - 1970



Exhibition on view at the Elmhurst Museum during the Chicago Architecture Biennial:


Through an analysis of the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design, Lessons From Modernism provides new insights into works achieved by a diverse selection of architects, including Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemeyer. The exhibition demonstrates how these architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and explores the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture.

The 25 examples shown in the exhibition were extensively researched and documented by a team of Cooper Union students, faculty and alumni. These buildings demonstrate the importance of the aesthetic of clarity and utility that characterizes 20th century modern architecture. This aesthetic, or really, these values, inform the contemporary green building movement today.

The show also features:

  • Solutions to the challenges of particular climates: cool northern zones, hot arid zones and tropical and subtropical zones
  • Analytical drawings illustrating the sustainable design issues evidenced within each project
  • A timeline illustrating the evolving global environmental consciousness
  • 25 three dimensional architectural models made specifically for the exhibition

This exhibition, presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, was made possible by generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Text: http://cooper.edu/events-and-exhibitions/exhibitio...

Role: Research Consultant