Chicago is the birthplace of innovations that allowed for the design and construction of the world’s first skyscrapers. CAC docent Bill Lipsman takes a closer look at these engineering breakthroughs on July 8 and Aug. 15.
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This presentation showcases five specific structural types throughout the history of high-rises—each utilizing a unique technology that allowed and supported building taller and taller.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: BILL LIPSMAN
Bill Lipsman is a retired in-house counsel and has been a CAC docent since 2009. During his 35-year legal career, he advised management of two international food and consumer products companies, including during a two-year assignment in the Netherlands. At age 11, his interest in architecture was sparked by the completion near his home of John Deere World Headquarters, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed by Kevin Roche. In addition to leading Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady and other CAC tours, Lipsman is active in Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and helps care for his three grandsons.
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