The Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab, a curated invitation for top tier design firms to imagine the future of Chicago’s second coast, has made an impression since its inaugural opening in September 2017. Developed by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and the Metropolitan Planning Council, the exhibition drew over 11,500 visitors during its life at Expo 72 in downtown Chicago and expects more than 10,000 visitors per month in its new home at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Additionally, a series of gallery talks and panel events, including Sasaki’s own gallery talk in November, hosted over 300 attendees, and a travelling version of the exhibition last fall reached an audience of more than 24,000 residents. Sasaki was one of nine firms, including SOM, Perkins + Will, and James Corner Field Operations, selected to submit designs for three predetermined locations along the Chicago River. The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago is set to release a short video summarizing the public feedback received about the River Lab and riverfront design features.
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