Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide To The City's Architecture + Landscape by Sally A. Kitt ChappellChicago's Urban Nature: A Guide To The City's Architecture + Landscape by Sally A. Kitt Chappell

Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide To The City's Architecture + Landscape

bySally A. Kitt Chappell

Paperback | July 1, 2007

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Chicago—whose motto is “City in a Garden”—is currently at the forefront of a global movement to end the division between town and country. In Chicago’s Urban Nature, Sally A. Kitt Chappell provides a beautifully illustrated guide to the city’s stunning blend of nature and architecture.

At the heart of this new urban concept is the idea of connection, bringing buildings and landscapes, culture and nature, commerce and leisure into an energetic harmony. With Chicago’s Urban Nature in hand, you’ll see those connections woven through the fabric of the city. Chappell provides new insights into such historic Chicago sites as Jens Jensen’s Garfield Park Conservatory, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Jackson Park, and Alfred Caldwell’s Lily Pond, then takes us to the innovative contemporary green spaces they influenced, from City Hall’s rooftop garden to the North Lawndale Green Youth Farm to Chicago’s heralded new Millennium Park. These beautiful green spaces, with their unprecedented melding of art, architecture, and ecology, have become far more than places of escape for Chicagoans—they’re now fully integrated into the urban scene, an essential part of the cultural life of the modern city.

Packed with maps and recommended tours, and bursting with splendid photos, this is an essential guidebook for day-trippers, lifelong Chicago residents, and professionals in landscape architecture, urbanism, and design.
Sally A. Kitt Chappell is professor emeritus of art and architecture at DePaul University. A contributor to the New York Times and other periodicals, she is also the author of the award-winning Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, 1912–1936 and Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos, both published by the University...
Title:Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide To The City's Architecture + LandscapeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 5.75 × 7.5 × 0.9 inPublished:July 1, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226101401

ISBN - 13:9780226101408


Table of Contents

A Park Ethic
Introduction: Chicago’s Changing Paradigms

Part I               Central Chicago: The Emerald Crown

Part II              Near Northeast: Public-Private Cooperation Par Excellence

Part III             Chicago River Walks: From Industrial Canal to Promenade

Part IV             South: Educational and Cultural Arc

Part V              Industrial Chicago

Part VI             North: Sanctuaries and Skyscrapers

Part VII           West Chicago’s “Country Clubs for the Poor” and the Boulevard System

Part VIII          Chicago Botanic Garden

Conclusion: Envisioning the Future

Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits

Editorial Reviews

“Sally A. Kitt Chappell’s personal response to Chicago’s built environment, and her enthusiasm for the city, informed by her years of highly regarded scholarly research, is infectious, making this a book you can’t put down. . . . [Chappell’s] insights signify a long overdue shift in the architectural history community from viewing landscape as mere background to seeing it in its proper perspective as equal partner to architecture. . . . A beautifully designed book, a tactile and visual pleasure.”