Secret Spaces atop Chicago, a Cultural History of the Urge to Climb Above the City

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 12:15pm

Event Info

Admission

FREE

Venue

Lecture Hall Gallery

224 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, 

IL 

60604

Presenter

Chicago Architecture Foundation
312-922-3432

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Almost since the dawn of urban living, people have constructed spaces for viewing cities from above. This talk explores Chicago’s extraordinary history as a center for creating unique and imaginative functions for “spaces atop the city.” Theses spaces “above” have served as observation decks open to all to such unanticipated functions as places to pose for photographs above the city, gathering spots for extraordinary clubs, sites for daredevil stunts, pinnacles for conveying power and communication, and eye-catching emblems. In recent years, Chicago has become, once again, a center of innovative ideas for how to use "spaces atop the city" in adventurous new ways. The lecture is a preview of Tony Macaluso’s forthcoming book to be published by Hat and Beard Press in the spring of 2014.