Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban VisionIgor Marjanovic and Katerina Ruedi Ray
AuthorsPrinceton Architectural Press, 2010
GRANTEEIgor Marjanovic & Katerina Rüedi Ray
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Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision situates one of Chicago's most iconic developments within larger socioeconomic contexts of mid-century America. Commissioned by the Janitors' Union, designed by Bauhaus-trained Goldberg, and built as part of Mayor Richard J. Daley's plans for the city, Marina City was a pioneering mixed-use development that foreshadowed the renaissance of Chicago's downtown. Drawing upon primary archival sources in architectural, real estate, and labor history, the book examines the role of public–private partnerships in urban transformations, highlighting Goldberg's role as a mediator of Chicago's architecture, politics, and finance. Ultimately, his adaptation of European avant-gardism to the U.S. market-driven economy—a tempering of idealism with realism—fueled Marina City's national and international importance. The book was published by Princeton Architectural Press and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, and Bowling Green State University.
Igor Marjanovic teaches architectural design and history at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of the 2009 Education Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects for his Florence Studio. Together with Katerina Rüedi Ray, he runs ReadyMade Studio, which was featured in the exhibition Ten Visions: Chicago Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Their coauthored books include Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision and The Portfolio, and Practical Experience. Marjanovic's writings on Alvin Boyarsky appeared in Chicago Architecture, Critical Architecture, AA Files, and ARQ. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was interim director of undergraduate studies, and Iowa State University, where he was director of the Core Design Program. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and studied at the Moscow Architectural Institute. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, he received the UIC/Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Scholarships.
Katerina Rüedi Ray is director of the School of Art at Bowling Green State University, and former director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With Igor Marjanovic, she is a principal in Ready Made Studio. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) and University College London. She has taught at the AA, the Bartlett, and Kingston University. Her research focuses on design education, spatial and identity politics, Chicago architecture and art, and economic development. Her coauthored publications include Desiring Practices: Architecture, Gender and the Interdisciplinary, Desiring Practices: Artists and Architects, The Dissertation, The Portfolio, Practical Experience, and Chicago Architecture: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives. She is the author of Bauhaus Dream-House: Modernity and Globalization and cochairs the Art in Public Places Committee of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.
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