Photos by Michelle Litvin
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Great Holes of Chicago
AIA Convention 2014, Chicago
“Great Holes of Chicago” was a temporary mini-golf course designed for the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago. The three-hole course featured iconic architectural landmarks. Each “hole” represented a literal void or conceptual erasure in the history of Chicago.
Stanley Tigerman’s conceptual collage depicts Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall—which houses the IIT School of Architecture—sinking into a watery hole in Lake Michigan. The Titanic was meant to provoke architects to contend with the Mies legacy, challenging them to choose sides: move beyond Mies or remain cemented to the past. When golfers sunk their putts intoTigerman’s watery hole, Crown Hall temporarily arose from the deep.
Prentice Women’s Hospital is, or was one of Chicago’s most enigmatic buildings. Designed by Bertrand Goldberg in the 1970’s, it is beloved by so many Chicagoans because of how innovatively and organically its function is expressed through its flower-like structure. Prentice’sform is purposefully and stubbornly honest in response to its programmatic requirements and the logic of its internal plan. But unfortunately, this is a main reason why the building was torn down: it wasn't flexible, at all. When golfers sunk their putts into Prentice, lights turned off, the building went dark.
The Chicago Spire – designed by Santiago Calatrava - was a supertall skyscraper project in Chicago that was abandoned in 2008 with only its foundation work completed. The deep, perfectly circular hole in the ground still has immense potential to become a prominent, even historic addition to Chicago’s architectural heritage. When golfers sunk their putts into the Spire hole, a fan temporarily inflated an abstract building form.