LESSONS FROM MODERNISM: ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN STRATEGIES IN ARCHITECTURE, 1925-1970
Research / Exhibition Design

 
 
 
 

Lessons From Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970 examines twenty-five works of architecture completed between 1925-1970 through the lens of sustainability. 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, resulting in projects that serve as an inspiration and guide for the current green building movement. Lessons from Modernism encourages students, architects and the public to re-examine modern architecture, often presented as antithetical to climate-based and ecologically rooted design.

Lessons From Modernism is currently on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum located in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. The exhibition will run from September 12th-November 29th, 2015.

Lessons From Modernism was co-curated by Kevin Bone, Director of The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, and Steven Hillyer, Director of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive.