Chicago is the finest architectural city in the United States, Benjamin Schwarz writes--and as if to celebrate it, he surveys a number of books that chronicle its skyline, reviewing titles aimed at specialists and others better suited for general audiences. The story includes a rueful note. "Despite Chicago's abundance of talented young architects, including Jeanne Gang, 'Chicago' architecture is no longer a living tradition," Schwarz writes. "But there's nothing to be done. The forces of globalism, or cosmopolitanism, as Marx both lamented and cheered long ago, are unstoppable."
The Not-So-Second City
Chicago is the finest architectural city in the United States, Benjamin Schwarz writes. But the story includes a rueful note.