Library Exhibit: Fazlur Kahn – Structural Artist of Urban Building Forms

The exhibition on display on the first floor of the Engineering Library in Friend Center examines a number of Khan’s major tall buildings systems in concrete and steel. Featured works include the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower) and the Brunswick Building, all in Chicago, Illinois, as well as One and Two Shell Plaza in Houston, Texas.

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Through models, photographs, panels that illustrate the relationship between forces and form, Khan’s personal notebooks and the accompanying books, one experiences the process of engineering design.

The models presented in this exhibit were made by students enrolled in a new class taught in Fall 2010, CEE 463: A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures. By focusing on Khan’s works, the students made engineering analyses of his designs and examined the social context in which he worked.

Exhibition Co-Curators: Sigrid Adriaenssens and Maria E. Moreyra Garlock