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How big is a building compared to me?

How do skyscrapers stand up?

How did architecture constructed for immigrants to Chicago help remind them of their homeland?

How can reading about architects give us clues about their work?

What are caryatids and how are they used in buildings?

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“Teaching with architecture and the built environment taps into children's curiosity about their surroundings… Some of the most exciting and energizing moments in my teaching experience have been during Schoolyards to Skylines lessons.”

- teacher at North Kenwood / Oakland Charter School, Chicago


Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago's Amazing Architecture earned the 2005 Honor Award for Collaborative Achievement from the American Institute of Architects.  Throughout its 47 units, the 500-page innovative resource book uses buildings, events, and people as tools for teaching all the core academic subjects. The jury remarked, "It's the tool many teachers, architects, and AIA chapters have been searching for to make architecture come alive for young people. Get this tool out to the public, to home-schoolers!" "Allow local AIA chapters to build on all of it for local programs. A huge thanks to the Chicago Architecture Foundation for making this long-needed program available."

In 2004, Schoolyards to Skylines received a National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Prior to this, it had been more than eight years since the National Trust presented the award to a project other than a building or a person.

Schoolyards to Skylines also earned a 2003 Certificate of Commendation for interpretation of local history from the American Association for State and Local History and a 2003 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Public Education from the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois.



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