Chicago Arts Center

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Vellner, James J.
Fisher, Robert A.
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Thesis (B. Arch.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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The key issue for me in the project was the integration of art and architecture, and the desire to design a building which was artfully done as well as functional. Art has meaning and I feel that architecture should also have meaning aside from mere functional expression.I have always considered myself a very strong and dynamic designer. However up until the Spring of 1978 there was something lacking in my design process which left me frustrated inside. This something was art. I feel architecture is an art form and should be treated as such. Part of that art is function, but a building should leave its viewer and participant with a much more deeper meaning than function itself.The incorporation of these deeper and multiple meanings enrich the building and can provide the architect with a wider base to draw from. These include metaphor, historicism, syntax, symbolism, narrative, illusion, allusion, and even other art forms.