And Now to the Future…

And Now to the Future…

By: Janet H. Thomas, RID It seems only fitting after all the media hype over ‘Back to the Future’ October 21, 2015 that one asks the question ‘What does the future hold?’ What will communities look and feel like? How will it impact the environment, the culture, the sense of community? Chicago Architecture Biennial Inc., in collaboration with the Graham Foundation and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events are hosting the first Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center and other locations around the city. The exhibition runs from October 3, 2015 thru January 3, 2016. Focused on the future of Chicago, the proposals submitted range from local and small scale painting houses in existing neighborhoods to highly futuristic and the grandiose Lake Michigan infill plans or vertical urban infill skyscrapers of such proportion that each level becomes a micro-community. In between, a more modest solution for revitalizing 15,000 vacant lots under city domain. Check out the proposals here.  Entrants include a good representation of Chicago talent and an impressive array of international visionaries. Wired.com provides an interesting overview in ‘Radical Visions of Chicago’s Future Skyline’. MAS Studios, a Chicago based group focused on urban context assisted with the production of the Biennial. MAS Context  is published quarterly to present global perspectives. Photo courtesy of www.veer.com/artist/rudi1976.

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