Calendar Photo Caption | Calendar | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Calendar

Calendar Photo Caption

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Thanks to progress, cement is quickly replacing mud as the building material of choice in Eastern deserts. Big mistake, according to architecture historian Jean-Louis Bourgeois, who contends that not only is mud cheaper, it's cooler and lasts longer. Not to mention the overwhelming aesthetic benefits: desert dwellings constructed largely of treated, unbaked, sun-dried mud become live-in sculptures, as in the case of this West African village of mud castles. This photograph is one of many by Carollee Pelos in the Field Museum exhibition "Spectacular Vernacular: Traditional Desert Architecture From West Africa and Southwest Asia," on view July 22 through September 7. Admission to the museum, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, is $2, $1 for kids 6-17, $4 for families; hours are 9 to 5 daily. Call 922-9410 for more.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment