From the publisher: The Avery Review, a digital journal about books, buildings, and other architectural media, makes its print debut with a thematic broadsheet edition about the city of Chicago. Coinciding with the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial, this issue addresses the historic imagination of the city (including figures of myth like Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and even John Dillinger) and possibilities for the contemporary urban landscape. Together these texts claim the critical essay as a space in which to test one’s own intellectual commitments, to enter into and advance a conversation about the pasts and futures of urban architectural thought.

As part of the essay’s research, Thomas Kelley sourced archival plans, recently acquired by Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, of residential homes in Oak Park, Illinois designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 16 original first floor plans were redrawn by the author and the distance between the sidewalk and each front entry was measured on site and delineated, respectively.


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The Avery Review




October 2015


James Graham


Columbia Books on Architecture and the City


Thomas Kelley