What future do you imagine for your neighborhood? That’s the question the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) asked four Chicago academic institutions. Their responses are now on display in CAF’s newest exhibition, Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago, in the lobby of the Santa Fe building at 224 S. Michigan Ave.
See a 19th-century boulevard transformed for the 21st, a horizontal deconstructed Willis Tower, an industrial district as creative hub, and a skyscraper that scrubs the air. Each project represents a vision for the future of city life.
“This exhibition lets Chicagoans imagine what the city might become,” said Greg Dreicer, Vice President of Exhibitions at CAF. “The projects explored in Unseen City inspire us to contemplate the decisions that will determine the future of Chicago and all cities.”
Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago is a collaboration of CAF and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Illinois Institute of Technology; University of Illinois at Chicago; and Archeworks with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Students from Illinois Institute of Technology's “Hi-Rise, Lo-Carb” Studio - a comprehensive design studio led by the CTBUH and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - are participating in this exhibition.