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"2001: Building for Space Travel"
2001-03-24 until 2001-10-21
Art Institute of Chicago
With the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the
Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago
is co-organizing an exhibition exploring the evolution and
projected visions of architecture and design for space travel.
2001: Building for Space Travel will examine perceptions
of the space age beyond the millennium mark. The
exhibition will educate the general public about the work
that architects, civil engineers, and industrial and graphic
designers have done for the space program, as seen through
structures from the launch facilities at the Kennedy Space
Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the new International Space Station, a monumental 17-country
Historical components focusing on the aesthetics of the space race in the Cold War will include
works by Soviet engineers and designers and noted American industrial designers, such as Raymond
Loewy and John Frassanito & Associates. The role of architects in aerospace research, manufacturing,
and designing launch facilities are examined through the work of major architectural firms such as the
Austin Company, Bechtel, BRPH, DMJM, Pereira & Luckman, Sverdrup, and Urbahn Associates.
Thematic topics examine the reality of design for space as compared to the fantastic vision of space in
media and popular culture.