Architect’s Newspaper — “City of Chicago Asks Architects to Envision Future of Riverfront”

March 14, 2017

“A group of architectural firms will work with the City of Chicago to develop design concepts for a substantial new portion [of] Chicago’s quickly developing riverfront. [...] The participating firms include David Adjaye, James Corner Field Operations, Perkins+Will, Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, Site Design, SOM, Studio Gang Architects, and SWA. ...

The Ideas Lab will gather new concepts from the firms while engaging the local and global community for feedback. Each of the firms will submit more formal design proposals by June 2017, which will then be displayed to the public during the second Chicago Architecture Biennial. The information gathered throughout the process will also be used to inform the city’s riverfront design guidelines, which are planned to be released in 2018. ...

The announcement by the city came as the Mayor, along with Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, hosted an 18-mayor conference on to discuss the future of urban waterways. The conference, held in downtown Chicago, included input from Jeanne Gang.”

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Photo: Kate Joyce Studios, courtesy of Ross Barney Architects