Eiffel Tower under construction, 1887


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) | 860–880 Lake Shore Drive | Chicago | 1949-1951 | Restoration: Krueck & Sexton 2007-2009 | Photo: Hedrich Blessing


Orbit for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 5
(EMDR on Wikipedia)


Marina City construction over Wacker Drive and the Chicago River c. 1962



Oscar Niemeyer, National Congress and Cathedral Under Construction, Brasilia, (1958)

The epic story of the new capital hid the tragic fate of many of the workers who took part in it: their exclusion from the city that they had helped to build. As well, the difficult complex construction process to which inexperienced rural workers were subjected in this project highlighted the contradictions between the design’s good intentions and the actual working conditions on the building site. The construction, especially that of the inverted dome of the National Congress, emphasized the opposition between the suppleness of Niemeyer’s design and the workload demand of those building it.


Fading | John Crouch

The former Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago is currently being demolished to make way for a new research building. The original structure was designed by famous architect Bertrand Goldberg and was the subject of an intense preservation battle.

The building is getting consumed from within and will soon be gone. Most of the destruction is hidden away behind an array of mesh and scaffolding. To most onlookers it will simply appear to slowly melt away.