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Happy Birthday Louis Sullivan!

In 1879, Sullivan entered the Chicago office of architect and engineer Dankmar Adler, becoming his full partner in 1883. Together, Adler and Sullivan designed nearly two hundred residential, commercial, religious, and mixed-use buildings, primarily in the Midwest. Adler and Sullivan were highly regarded not only for their robustly modern and iconoclastic architecture—which illustrated Sullivan’s dictum “form follows function”—but for Sullivan’s complex and organic ornament. Their best-known buildings include the Auditorium Building in Chicago (1886-1890); the Wainwright building in Saint Louis, Missouri (1886-1890); the Schiller Building (1891) and the Stock Exchange (1893-1894) buildings, both in Chicago; and the Guaranty building in Buffalo, New York (1894-1895). It was also during this time that Sullivan became the leibermeister of Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked for Adler and Sullivan from 1888 to 1893.”

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Green preservation

The U.S. Green Building Council has made a step towards resolving the entirely unnecessary dispute between preservationists and environmental advocates over which should take precedence in sustainable planning and architecture. The council’s LEED certification program has been revised this year to give added weight to projects that seek to preserve existing buildings - “Among its many changes, LEED 2009 includes some that will directly favor the preservation and continued use of existing buildings” since older structures are typically built of better materials and, overall, take environmental conditions into account.

One example is the Ohio Statehouse, which was built with ingenious light wells to bring sunlight into the interior of the building.  In some places, there’s no need for electic light because of the durability of this 19th century solution.

Skylights in the Ohio Statehouse

Kudos to the Leed folks for recognizing that preservation is sustainability.

From The American Institute of Architects

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