How Fountains Reflect Our Environmental Agenda

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How often do you really take notice of fountains? Yet, they seem to be in all the important places. In Chicago, you have really truly iconic fountains, like the one from the Married With Children intro. But how often do we really know the story behind even these iconic constructions? They clearly carry symbollic meaning, but what are they saying? Are they purely decoration, or is there a more pragmatic role? This video takes a close look at fountain designs and how they reflect our changing attitudes toward culture/nature. It walks through the design language of fountains and a few specific examples in chronological order to trace our changing environmental attitudes as reflected in these monumental designs.

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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