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1972 IIT TECH NEWS
1972 IIT TECH NEWS
1972 IIT TECH NEWS-1
1972 IIT TECH NEWS
IIT Technology News
1972 IIT TECH NEWS-1
1972 IIT TECH NEWS-4

CHICAGO DOWNTOWN

WINDY CITY

Chicago, Chicago
Chicago, Chicago
Chicago, Chicago
Chicago, Chicago
Chicago, Chicago

STILL WAITING FOR HER LETTER?

GOING TO THE HOOD?

Chicago, Chicago
Chicago

YUP, YEAR OF THE HORSE IS HERE.

NO COMMENT.
Chicago
Chicago
BANNERS DESIGNED FOR A POLITICAL RALLY.
Chicago, windy city
1975 CHICAGO MISC

Life as expacts in Chicago.

YOUR DISHWASHER QUIT AGAIN?
OURS IS OLD BUT RELIABLE.
YUCK, THIS ONE TASTS LIKE DANDELIONS.
I WISH I COULD READ SIGNS WRITTEN IN CHINESE.

1971-1980 Chicago and United Airlines

 

After wandering around the country for 9 months, I returned to Chicago and entered IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) to pursue a master’s degree in architecture. After I checked in to the campus, I immediately sent my cartoons to the campus paper, IIT Tech News, and was accepted. After arriving less than two years ago, that was my first cartoon published in the US.

After classes started, I realized that all instructors were practicing architects or engineers and the only times available to teach were weekends, so I found a full-time job as a draftsman working for C.F. Murphy, one of the best architectural firms in Chicago, working briefly under nnworld-renown architect Helmut Jahn.

 

United airlines

One of my coworkers at United Airlines once told me that I have a “rotten sense of humor”, which is possibly the best compliment I have ever received.  Over time, “rotten” became “wacky” (sounds better), and my Wacky World of cartooning was born.

THE FUNKY SKIES.

Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago

United Airlines

In 1977, I moved on and started working for United Airlines (UA) headquarters in Chicago as a staff architect managing designs in airport facilities and ticket offices. 

 

One of my assignments at United was to design a glass security partition at the Executive Suite. After the partition was installed, I couldn’t resist the temptation to poke fun at it.  I came up with a set of cartoons called “ Life Behind the Glass Curtain”. I only shared these cartoons with a few close coworkers. These cartoons went viral underground, and I was completely shocked when the Chief Security Officer came to me and asked for a high-quality copy of the cartoons. He said everybody knew I did them and even the CEO had one and he thought they were funny and often shared them with others.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the head of the company had such a sense of humor even though he appeared in the cartoons with his pants down.

  

 

Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago

Sorry, too many metals

on your body....

13-WJ-05112006 YANGTZE DAM
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
1979 SKYLAB IS FALLING
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago

USED TO SEE THE GREAT WALL AND NOW
THE YANGTZE RIVER DAM.

UPSIDE DOWN,
DUDE.

Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Funky Skies, United Airlines, Chicago
Chicago, Wills/Sears Tower, High Rises

Sears Tower
 

In Chicago, Sears Tower, now Wells Tower, was completed in 1973, one year before I settled in Chicago in 1994. The principal structure engineer was Dr. Fazlur Khan

 

Dr. Fazlur Khan’s first purely tubular design was Chicago’s 43-story Dewitt-Chestnut Apartments (1965- ). Khan went on to design the 100-story John Hancock Building (1968- ). The Hancock Building has prominent exterior trusses, causing the style to be called a trussed tube. According to Khan's daughter, Yasmin Khan, his design for the 108-story

Willis (Sears) Tower (1973- ) is modeled after a pack of cigarettes.

The design is called bundled tubes. He went on to design many

other notable buildings and his design principles are used for

most ultra-tall buildings worldwide, including Burj Khalifa in Dubai

in 2010, 28 years after his passing in 1982.

When I was at IIT Dr. Khan was invited many times to speak about

concepts. in high-rise building design. I was fortunate to meet him

several times for consultation on my graduate thesis and it was he

who introduced me to the idea of a cable-stayed structure.

                                                            

Sears Tower design inspiration
Sears Tower
Take out boxes, Taipei 101

Upside down, dude.

Used to be able to see the Great Wall now we see the Yahtzee River Dam.

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