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Worden, Daniel. "On Modernism’s Ruins: The architecture of “building stories” and lost buildings." The Comics of Chris Ware. Drawing is a Way of Thinking. Eds. David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010. 107–20. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0008
BibTeX citation key: Worden2010
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Keywords: "Building Stories", Architecture, Benjamin. Walter, City, Modernity, USA, Ware. Chris
Creators: Ball, Kuhlman, Worden
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: The Comics of Chris Ware. Drawing is a Way of Thinking
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This chapter examines the prominence of Chicago in Chris Ware’s comics, particularly in Lost Buildings and the “Building Stories” comic strip. It discusses the importance of flânerie, mechanical reproduction, and modernity’s ruins in Ware’s representations of architecture in Lost Buildings. The chapter considers Ware’s critique of the impersonal, homogenous, and stultifying qualities of the International style popularized by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and contrasts this with his understanding of architecture as the impetus for a renewed aesthetic sensibility and connection to the outside world. It also explores the presence of melancholy in both “Building Stories” and Lost Buildings, and how Ware remakes it into the imagination of the ruin as whole by engaging with the built environment.
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