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PERFORMATIVE MODERNISM ON A GLOBAL SCALE

Perkins+Will

Asia | Shanghai

Chicago is a glorious celebration of urbanism. “Make no little plans, they have no power to stir men’s blood,” wrote Daniel Burnham, who master-planned the city more than a century ago. Landmark buildings by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe are treasured, but what makes the city so impressive is the concentration of firmness, commodity, and delight in block after block of the center.

Ever since the city was rebuilt, following the devastating fire of 1871, successive generations of architects have advanced the art of building, creating a timeless and enduring legacy. Perkins+Will, a firm that was founded here in 1935, perpetuates that tradition, specializing in educational and healthcare facilities, much as SOM and KPF concentrate on office towers. Over the decades, the firm has become a multinational, employing 1,700 people in 23...

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