Sunday, December 06, 2009

Gang Nifty, Valerio Gothic, three centuries of type - Sunday reading

Jeanne Gang is number 22 in the New York Time's Style Magazine Fifty 50: The Names of America's Up-and-Coming ("for your guest list or cocktail patter"), citing Aqua as "Chicago's coolest new skyscraper." (Teddy Cruz is number 14) Page 90, online non-html mag here. We're promised an expanded version of the profiles in January at

And in the inevitable pushback department, Aqua's sinuous balconies are criticized for being heat sinks leeching energy out of the building (I live in Marina City; touch one of my external columns on a sub-zero day - I dare you), and an architecture student at Drury University claims Gang copped a "I'm better than this place" attitude when she sat in on a critique. But he still thinks Aqua is beautiful.

25th Anniversary issue
of Chicago Life, bundled with the Times, includes Lois Weisberg interview with a great story of how John D. MacArthur helped fund her first major project, a 1956 George Bernard Shaw Centennial celebration. There's also a neat Joe Valerio article on the U of C and Gothic architecture. (Henry Ives Cobb originally pushed for the Romanesque.)

Bauman Rare Books ads on back cover NY Times Book Review features copy of Robert F. Kennedy To Seek a Newer World inscribed by the author in perfunctory fashion to "Herm" Kogan. Yours for $4,000. Also, review of The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer will leave you never hearing That Old Black Magic quite the same way again. Taschen's brought out A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Volume I, 1628-1900. But what about Kabel?

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