Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970

September 12 - November 29, 2015

Elmhurst Art Museum presents Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970, a highly-acclaimed exhibition organized by The Cooper Union in New York that examines twenty-five modern building projects through the lens of sustainability. Incorporating environmental strategies that solve critical issues of comfort, use and economy, these projects, dating from 1925 to 1970, recognize and adapt to natural forces and serve as inspiration and guide for the current green building movement. Timed to coincide with the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, 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, and provides new insights into the works of such renowned architects as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemayer. This project is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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Elmhurst Art Museum is an official Affiliate Partner of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

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