Thursday, May 7, 2020

Essays by two faculty members are in press and will be published this summer in the edited volume, Constructing Building Enclosures: Architectural History, Technology and Poetics in the Postwar Era, ed. Clifton Fordham (Routledge, 2020).

Lecturer Tait Johnson's essay, "The Decorative Modernism of Aluminium Cladding: Architecture and Industry," examines mid-century works such as Minoru Yamasaki's Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Office in Detroit (1959) with its shimmering screen of gold-anodized aluminum. This essay shows that modernist architects working with aluminum, rather than rejecting decoration, promoted it as the appropriate response to the landscape of postwar consumerism in the United States.

Associate Professor Scott Murray's essay, "The Concrete Facades of Paul Rudolph’s Christian Science Building, 1965-1986," examines the reasons why a Paul Rudolph-designed building in Champaign, Illinois, was demolished after only 20 years. Archival research indicates that fateful decisions made during the design phase about façade construction likely contributed to the eventual untimely loss of this unique building.

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