Individual Author Record
Name: Blair KaminPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: in Red Bank, New Jersey Sites:
Illinois ConnectionThe author lives in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationKamin has been an architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune since 1992. He also serves as a contributing editor of Architectural Record magazine and was part of a team of editors, writers, photographers and critics for the magazine which in 2003 won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He has lectured widely and has discussed architecture on programs ranging from ABC's "Nightline" to WTTW-Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight."Kamin is the recipient more than 30 awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He has also won the George Polk Award for Criticism (1996), the American Institute of Architects' Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement (1999) and the AIA's Presidential Citation, conferred in 2004 in appreciation of the "rhapsodies and scoldings" that have brought architecture to the attention of Chicago's public.
- Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age, University of Chicago Press, 2010
- Why Architecture Matters: Lessons From Chicago, Universtiy of Chicago Press, 2003
- Tribune Tower: American Landmark, Tribune Company, 2000
Titles At Your Library
Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age
ISBN: 0226423115 University of Chicago Press. 2010
For more than twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored how architecture captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Kamin treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Terror and Wonder gathers the best of Kamin’s writings from the past decade along with new reflections on an era framed by the destruction of the World Trade Center and the opening of the world’s tallest skyscraper.
A prominent cast of players―including Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Helmut Jahn, Daniel Libeskind, Barack Obama, Renzo Piano, and Donald Trump―fills the pages of this eye-opening look at the astounding and extraordinary ways that architecture mirrors our values―and shapes our everyday lives.
Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago
ISBN: 0226423220 University of Chicago Press. 2003
For more than a decade, Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin has been writing fiery, intelligent essays on the state of contemporary architecture. His subjects range from high-rises to highways, parks to public housing, Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry. Why Architecture Matters collects the best of Kamin's acclaimed columns, offering both a look at America's foremost architectural city and a taste of Kamin's penetrating, witty style of critique.
Tribune Tower: American Landmark
ISBN: 0615115659 Tribune Company. 2000 The complete guide to a great Chicago skyscraper. The history, architecture, and design of this landmark building.