Sasaki is one of nine world-class architectural firms with experience designing award-winning riverfronts, parks, and public spaces that were selected to participate in Chicago’s River Edge Ideas Lab, an initiative to create concepts for a unified river edge.
We are thrilled to be included in this opportunity to showcase concepts for three iconic sites [pictured below] along the Chicago River, which represent a unique challenge and exciting opportunity to bring public space to the riverfront. These designs will serve as inspiration for the future of our riverfronts as the City considers how to provide inviting and active public spaces along Chicago’s river, the city’s second coast.
Designs will be publically available Saturday, September 16 at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph in Chicago, in a traveling exhibit across Chicago and online at ChiRiverLab.com. We will also have a series of public events where you can hear directly from the architects on their vision for the rivers. Visit ChiRiverLab.com for a full list of events. The public is invited—and encouraged—to provide feedback on the designs. Public feedback will be used by the City’s Department of Planning and Development to inform new river edge design guidelines.
Chicago’s River Edge Ideas Lab is an initiative of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and Metropolitan Planning Council, and has been generously funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Comcast, Related Midwest, and The 601W Companies.
Participating architecture firms include Adjaye Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Perkins+Will, Ross Barney Architects, Sasaki, Site Design Group, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), Studio Gang, and SWA.
The design concepts will be shared with the public in a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will run in conjunction with this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018. A traveling exhibit will also be displayed at locations throughout the city.