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Practice : Fall 2008
Students Explore Chicago and Its Design Sensibilities From Al Capone's jazz bar hideout to the stained glass majesty of Frank Lloyd Wright, Chi-Town touches on every aspect of interactive human design left to right: BAC students at Haworth; Dave Harrison e city of Chicago has a plethora of stimulating sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences for the rst time visitor and long time resident alike. During the fall Interior Design trip to Chicago, a city that provided BAC students with attractions as varied as the notorious Green Mill, a small rustic jazz bar which once served as a hideout for the American gangster Al Capone to Millennium Park, a futuristic playground of sights and sounds students gained an appreciation for both tradition and innovation in this delightfully contradicting city. e duality of old and new can be seen in a variety of aspects of life in Chicago, the built environment not escaping. Dave Harrison, Head of the School of Interior Design and forty students embarked on a three-day adventure exploring and sketching their way through the Windy City. e majority of students who attended the trip are enrolled in the Interior Design programs, however, the trip proved to have a much wider perspective on design. e historic tours and visits with design veterans provided an interesting balance of architecture, interior design, and historic preser vation lending to the BAC's rich history of interdisciplinary learning. Whether visiting Chicago's historic Loop, where students toured skyscrapers and re ected on the impact that the World's Columbian Exposition had on architecture or exchanging ideas with design rm principals on the importance of remaining ethical while establishing one's self in the eld, there were plenty of activities to capture the group's attention. Frank Lloyd Wright's impact on American architecture was explored in great detail through the various tours of Unity Temple and his home in Oak Park as well as the historic Robie House relocated in Hyde Park. His designs provoked dialogue among the students. Conversations ranged from the controversies of his personal life to the painstaking e orts that he made to create a complete sense of environment that accounted for all elements of a dwelling including the interiors, furnishings, and the highly designed stained glass windows that made his structures famous. Merchandise Mart was a stimulating exploration into the world of interiors. Students explored comfort and style on the showroom oors of Haworth and Herman Miller. A select group of students received a private audience with Sheryl Durst, Execu- tive Director of the International Interior Design Association. She provided a tour of their new Merchandise Mart o ces and shared valuable insight on being a successful designer. Students rounded the three-day trip out with visits to a variety of restaurants, parks, shows, and museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, providing each with the true avor of Chi-town and its design sensibili- ties. e Interior Design eld trip was a true experience in multidisciplinary design and a design environment as complex as Chicago couldn't be a more natural t. NEWSWORTHY ] STUDENTS EXPLORE CHICAGO By Cedric Sinclair PRACTICE 21