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Re: Chicago

Posted: February 2nd, 2017, 10:19 am
by EOst
I don't love it. Modernist towers were built with plazas and not podiums intentionally, to emphasize the sheer, vertiginous thrust of the tower. Four stories of podium will make the tower feel very different from street level.

Re: Chicago

Posted: February 2nd, 2017, 10:31 am
by VAStationDude
Yes. A windswept plaza emphasizing IDS Center would have been preferable to the Crystal Court.

Re: Chicago

Posted: February 2nd, 2017, 10:56 am
by RailBaronYarr
Seems to work pretty well here https://goo.gl/maps/s9Zi8qiWNHQ2

Re: Chicago

Posted: February 2nd, 2017, 11:15 am
by mattaudio

Re: Chicago

Posted: February 2nd, 2017, 12:54 pm
by EOst
VAStationDude wrote:
February 2nd, 2017, 10:31 am
Yes. A windswept plaza emphasizing IDS Center would have been preferable to the Crystal Court.
They aren't even vaguely comparable. The Crystal Court was designed alongside the IDS tower, and the two are situated to maximize the vertical impact of the tower, which keeps a sheer wall on 8th and on the corner with Nicollet. This is like demolishing the Crystal Court and wrapping all four sides of the IDS with Mayo Clinic Square

Re: Chicago

Posted: February 2nd, 2017, 1:37 pm
by VAStationDude
I get what you're saying. I find zero value in trash like the unused plaza, blank walls, squat street level commercial and tourist bunker lobby. Other than on the windswept plaza the verticality of the tower isn't emphasized. This is a undoubtedly a huge net positive and better than any other realistic alternative. The building owner isn't springing for expensive improvements that don't improve the bottom line.

Re: Chicago

Posted: July 12th, 2017, 10:43 am
by Anondson
Huge lakefill expansion of park along Lake Michigan proposed.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/ ... /170719958

Eliminating dangerous stoplight, and tons of park space. If they’re going this big I wonder how much inspiration they take from Dutch projects along the North Sea, Lake Michigan can be violent.

Re: Chicago

Posted: November 10th, 2017, 10:22 am
by grant1simons2

Re: Chicago

Posted: November 11th, 2017, 5:17 pm
by NickP
Since Chicago is a city with a very famous fire, I wonder what if this will be viewed as poor taste or tempting fate?

Re: Chicago

Posted: October 15th, 2018, 12:22 pm
by Anondson
Smithsonian Magazine on how Chicago’s early massive water engineering projects allowed the city to happen, then grow, into a global city of skyscrapers.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ ... 180970526/

Chicago

Posted: November 15th, 2018, 9:26 pm
by Anondson
Proposal for up to 10,000 units, 2,000 of which affordable, along the river south of downtown Chicago. Also room for 24,000 jobs.

Total cost maybe $7 billion.

https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/d ... -final.pdf

(48 page .pdf)

Re: Chicago

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 2:54 pm
by Anondson
On Chicago’s DeepTunnel sewer project.

https://slate.com/business/2019/01/chic ... -tale.html

Re: Chicago

Posted: February 26th, 2019, 1:13 pm
by twincitizen
NY Times on Chicago's upcoming mayoral election and the city's ongoing declining Black population: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/25/us/c ... e=Homepage