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word of the week: EAVES

2010 August 15
by Caroline Nye Stevens

EAVES: The overhanging lower edge of a roof.

Compare the prominent eaves of George W. Maher’s home at 2701  W. Logan Blvd with the immensely wide eaves on Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Notice how the Modern Wing’s eaves look as if they are floating above the building as if weightless, while the Maher home’s eaves look solid and heavy.

photo courtesy of Michelle Litvin, New York Times

One Response
  1. Rick permalink
    August 15, 2010

    Piano’s idea for the Art Institute wing was “Zero Gravity”

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