One of the College’s most popular Verandah courses has students waiting to get in. “Chicago on the Ground: Walking Tours of America’s Architectural Capital” will be taught this spring by Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic at the Chicago Tribune and adjunct professor of art, and Wendy Koenig, associate professor of art.
For three Saturdays, April 10, 17 and 24, students will explore masterworks of Chicago architecture, charting the finest examples of the city’s building art from the birth of the skyscraper in the 1880s to the present.
New this year, the class will view Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and Jeanne Gang’s Aqua residential and hotel tower, recently named the world’s top skyscraper of 2009. In addition, they’ll observe the Chicago Tribune Tower, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s inspiring Unity Temple, and tour Chicago’s great public sculptures along Dearborn Street, including Alexander Calder’s Flamingo and the Chicago Picasso.
In their fifth year, Verandah courses are offered by the College during D-Term and occasionally during the year. They are designed as shorter, experiential learning opportunities featuring noted North Central College faculty or distinguished guests, small group interaction and inquiry outside of the traditional classroom.