Art: Architecture for the Ear

At the heart of Chicago's Fort Dearborn project, a 150-acre slum-clearance development on the main northern approach to the Loop, city planners decided to build a memorial to Atomic Physicist Enrico Fermi, who achieved the first controlled nuclear chain reaction, on a squash court under the stands of the University of Chicago's Stagg Field. When an international architectural competition was launched, 355 entrants from 25 countries submitted their designs. Last week the jury awarded first prize and $5,000 to Architect Reginald Caywood Knight, 35, of M.I.T.'s department of architecture.

The new Institutional Center...