ORD: Documenting the Definitive Modern Airport

Hedrich Blessing, Robert Burley


In the second half of the 20th century, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was the biggest and busiest facility of its kind in the world. ORD assembles photographs of O’Hare by Toronto’s Robert Burley, describing its airfield as a complex, managed landscape, with Chicago’s Hedrich Blessing, depicting its modern architecture as Chicago’s largest public works project. Together, they illustrate half a century of design at O’Hare, and the work of photographers who have documented it.

Curated by Charles Waldheim / Urban Agency