BIG architects + AECOM: chicago navy pier proposa

Complex techno -ecology and landscape as edutainment , beautiful renderings and diagrams – all we expect from BIG and the megalithic firm AECOM – necessary experiential density fro first world cities or wasteful excess?  from designboom

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chicago navy pier proposal by BIG architects + AECOM

the chicago navy pier competition has narrowed down its selection to five shortlisted proposals which re-envision the design of the pierscape, and its outdoor public spaces, revisiting the legacy of the american mid-west city’s popular destination as its centennial approaches in 2016. one of the five shortlisted projects is by danish firm BIG architects and american company AECOM. considered to be one of the great living legacies of american architect and urban planner daniel burnham’s plan of chicago,
the site’s grand public waterfront location lacks a physical and visual connection back to the city. the team of BIG and AECOM suggest extending the existing pier upwards by elevating public life onto the rooftops of the structures, while restoring uninterrupted views of the windy city’s famous skyline. 
skyline gardens

the ‘skyline gardens’ is an evolving tapestry of the world’s finest roof gardens. arranged in an artful geometric pattern, this green area will provide visitors with a visually rich landscape. the phasing plan, executed in collaboration with the existing flower show, images the roof gardens growing through time to eventually encompass the entire rooftop of the navy pier’s largest building.

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Winners of NETWORK RESET: Rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace

From bustler: A rethinking of how a large cities fragmented infrastructure and famous parks designed by one of the founders of the disciplines of both Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, Frederick Law Olmsted, can be reshape the urban periphery.

MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club announced the results of NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city

Background from the competition brief:

” NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city.”

FIRST PRIZE: Chicago Constellation

FIRST PRIZE: Chicago Constellation”

“Proposed by John S. Wright in 1849, the system was envisioned twenty years later when the State Legislature established the South, West, and Lincoln Park Commissions. Also referred as the “Emerald Necklace” since the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, it is composed by a series of streets and parks, some of them designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and William Le Baron Jenney. After the mid-twentieth century, the lack of proper funding, the split of management of the system as a whole (parks would be managed separately from the streets) and the migration of residents to the suburbs were some of the circumstances that accelerated the deterioration of the system. While portions of it, such as the Logan Square Boulevards District (an official city landmark district since 2005) still maintain the original character, other parts have just become underutilized areas and oversized streets that act as barriers within neighborhoods.”

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