"IIT Campus" Top 5 Page for this destination Architecture & Public Art (outdoor) Tip by Dabs

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by Dabs

If you are a fan of Mies "less is more" Van der Rohe, then you might enjoy a stroll on the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) campus near Sox Park. The architect was head of IIT?s architecture department beginning in 1938 and helped develop the master plan for the campus, nearly 20 buildings on the campus were his designs. I personally do not care for the boxy glass and steel designs of Van der Rohe, you will also find some of his work in downtown Chicago including three Federal government buildings, the Dirksen Federal Building, the Kluczynski Federal Building and one of the post offices on S. Dearborn plus One Illinois Center, all big boxy buildings.

The only thing that I find cool at IIT was designed by Rem Koolhaas, an concrete and steel oval tube that looks like something out of Tomorrowland at Disney that muffles the noise from the el train that cuts through the campus. If you want to ride the el through the tube, you need to take the Green Line el south from downtown to the 35-Bronzeville-IIT stop. If you are approaching from the south, you need to go past the stop and turn around and come back.

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  • Written Apr 15, 2008
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